By Derek Shore
Welcome back to our ninth year of providing results and much more from St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games here at The Cardinal Nation Blog. This year, I am joined in these recaps by TCN writer Derek Shore.
Following are the highlights from the Cardinals minor league games held on Sunday against the Marlins, with all five games scheduled on the St. Louis side of the Jupiter complex.
On Sunday, the Cardinals had a camp day with Double-A Springfield besting Triple-A Memphis while Peoria and Palm Beach finished with a draw. Overall, the system is 14-21-4 in 2016, including 10-17-2 versus outside competition.
Once again this spring, Cardinals Baseball Operations Coordinator for Player Development Tony Ferreira shares highlights from minor league spring training contests.
The raw data is his, but the comments and awards are ours. 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 16 players have yet to be cut from Major League camp.
The former amateur wrestler turned pitching project, who is coming off a decent year with the Low-A (short-season) State College Spikes last summer, should be advanced enough to move on to a full-season assignment in 2017. Don’t forget that this guy, who is nicknamed ‘Dobz’, is only 21-years old with big, athletic frame and he is not even three full years into giving baseball a complete focus as a profession.
Sunday’s Hitter of the Day: Nick Plummer, Peoria
After going under the knife twice and missing all of 2016 due to a broken hamate bone and wrist injury, Plummer by all reports is fully healthy and just needs to continue to get at-bats. The Cardinals former first round draft pick rehabbed all offseason at the Jupiter facility and it will be very interesting to see if he can recover enough lost time to make Peoria out of camp.
Springfield defeats Memphis, 3-1
- Mitch Harris – 1.o IP
Note: looking to become first to reach the big leagues after undergoing “primary” repair elbow surgery.
- Jacob Wilson (SS) – 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Note: drew consideration for Player of the Day, if not for the loss. Good to see he is playing some more shortstop to increase versatility.
- Sam Tuivailala – 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K’
Note: had an impressive big-league showing in ST camp; seems to have ditched the cutter and gone back to fastball/curveball combo.
- Danny Diekroeger – 1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Note: broken wrist costs him several months in 2016; could see Double-A time this year.
Peoria tied Palm Beach, 0-0
- Bryan Dobzanski – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Note: see above.
- Nick Plummer (OF) – 2-for-3, 2 H
Note: see above
Palm Beach pitching:
- Yeison Medina – 1.0 IP, 1 K
Note: effective lower-level reliever, looking to crack full-season club.
Palm Beach hitting:
- Mick Fennell (RF) – 1-for-2, 1 H
Note: 2016 draftee who is known for his ability to back-flip.
Monday’s games: The games Monday will be against the Nationals. The Triple-A and Double-A clubs will travel to West Palm Beach and A clubs will host Washington’s lower level affiliates at Jupiter. Games are set for a 1:00 p.m. EST.