Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook – 3/24/2019

photo: Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday minor league action, games held at Roger Dean in Jupiter, Florida against the Miami Marlins full-season affiliates.

With the exception of Memphis, which broke camp, every affiliate had stats provided on Sunday. Palm Beach was the only team to come out victorious while Springfield and Peoria dropped their games.

Once again this spring, Cardinals Administrator of Minor League Operations Tony Ferreira is sharing highlights from minor league spring training contests.

The raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine. However, be aware that only minimal pitching and hitting results are being shared – what you see here. So to find those struggling, you will have to look for names missing or make some guesses.

Remember these working team assignments are fluid by the day. In addition, another 10 players have yet to be cut from Major League camp. (Roster details here.)

When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 50 Prospect List for 2019, their rankings are noted.

Saturday’s Pitcher of the Day – Jacob Patterson, Palm Beach

Jacob Patterson (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The lefty reliever tossed a scoreless inning to help Palm Beach defeat the Astros High-A affiliate. He struck out two and only allowed two hits on the day.

Patterson, who was the Cardinals 2017 13th round selection out of Texas Tech, boasted a 3.64 ERA over 51 games at Palm Beach last year. The funky southpaw throws his fastball in the 87-90 mph range with a slider tough on lefty bats.

Sunday’s Hitter of the Day – Stanley Espinal, Palm Beach

Stanley Espinal (Lowell Spinners)

The third baseman collected two hits, which were two long balls. He also scored two runs for the Beach Birds.

Espinal joined the Cardinals from Boston two years ago for international bonus pool money. This past season, the 22-year old was voted the State College Spikes Most Valuable Player, totaling team highs in average (.286), RBI (41), home runs (8) and total runs (41).

 Get the entire picture! The Cardinal Nation members can check out the full list of minor league spring training attendees by working roster assignment and minor league spring training game schedules.

The full system view by level and position as last season ended with every transaction all year long is available via the Roster Matrix, always free, right here at The Cardinal Nation.

Springfield (4-3-1) 7, Corpus Christi 14

Springfield pitching:

  • N/A

Springfield hitting:

  • Conner Capel (CF) – 4-for-4, 2 R – Capel continues his hot-hitting after being TCN’s Saturday Hitter of the Day. Will the 21-year old open the year at Springfield?

Palm Beach (4-3-1) 5, Fayetteville 4

Palm Beach pitching:

  • Jacob Patterson – 1.0 IP, H, 2 K – Sunday’s Pitcher of the Day

Palm Beach hitting:

  • Stanley Espinal (3B) – 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR – Sunday’s Hitter of the Day

Peoria (4-4) 3, Quad Cities 9

Peoria pitching:

  • N/A

Peoria hitting:

  • Mateo Gil (SS) – 2-for-3, R – slick-fielding shortstop, who was the Cardinals 3rd round pick last year. Sleep to watch coming into 2019.

Peoria 2 / Quad Cities, no score provided

Peoria pitching: 

  • Fransisco Justo – 1.0 IP, H, R, 3 K – Cardinals 13th round pick from last summer. Former Juco standout, whose best pitch is his fastball that features late life.

Peoria hitting:

  • N/A

Tomorrow’s games: Monday’s minor league games are scheduled to be held in Port St. Lucie and Jupiter. Springfield travels to St. Lucie to play New York while Palm Beach and Peoria stay at Roger Dean and hosts the Mets lower-level minors clubs. Games start at 10 a.m. ET.

Check back here each evening for these reports for the remainder of minor league camp! While you are here, check out the other articles here at The Cardinal Nation. You will be glad you did!

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