September 14, 2019 at 8:32 am #106168
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I make no bones about being a huge Salt River Rafters fan. Have been for years. This does not insinuate that I will not be rooting for our boys over with the upstart Glendale Desert Dogs squad. Each AFL squad will be pitted 10 games vs teams from the MPL ( that’s “Mexican Pacific League” to the layman ). I’m thinking our Rafters will go 9-1, no worse that 8-2, against these ragtag southerners.September 14, 2019 at 8:42 am #106172
Pugs, it is 10 games total vs. the Mexican League, not 10 per team. The Rafters play three and the Desert Dogs two.September 14, 2019 at 10:12 am #106180
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Ouch! I was counting on that handful of extra Rafters “W’s”. Thanks Brian.September 15, 2019 at 8:30 am #106246September 15, 2019 at 9:08 am #106257
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With Ramirez it seems that the Cards want to know what they traded for… Ramirez is 24 as mentioned. Capel needs the extra attention there… he’s been a disappointment so far. Most had higher hopes for him.September 18, 2019 at 9:29 am #106667
Tonight is Opening Night for the 2019 Arizona Fall League. 8 #stlcards are with the Glendale Desert Dogs. The Cardinal Nation will again run free daily game recaps. Read about the players, including top prospects Elehuris Montero and Ivan Herrera, here. https://t.co/EDiGMDIBcs pic.twitter.com/HbC9iBK0yE
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 18, 2019September 19, 2019 at 7:26 am #106837September 20, 2019 at 6:54 am #107088
Three #stlcards position players and two pitchers played in Glendale’s Thursday AFL loss to Peoria. They went hitless, but Conner Capel and Elehuris Montero reached twice and the latter scored. Roel Ramirez and Kodi Whitley pitched a scoreless inning each. https://t.co/PQVQeFt0GB pic.twitter.com/ZoayoNoyYW
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 20, 2019September 20, 2019 at 7:27 am #107101
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MLB.com did a piece on the AFL sleepers (one for each team).
Cardinals: Conner Capel, OF (No. 24) – Capel, whom the Cardinals acquired at last year’s Trade Deadline, had a solid first full season in the Cardinals organization, batting .248/.296/.388 over 106 games. The 2016 fifth-round pick hit 22 homers in 2017, but in an effort to reduce his swing-and-miss, focused more on making contact in 2018 and saw his power numbers decline. Capel, 22, started driving the ball a bit more this year as he hit 11 homers — against advanced competition. Capel has above-average speed and solid instincts so if he can get back on track offensively, limiting his strikeouts and driving the ball all over the field, he’s likely to see his stock start to climb. Hitting in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League could provide the results and confidence needed.
Capel (with Torres) was part of the Mercado trade at last season’s deadline. MLB seems more optimistic about Capel (their #24) than TCN (#35-AUG). 22y.o. bats L 6’1 and listed as a CF.September 20, 2019 at 8:17 am #107116
They very generously label a .635 OPS by a mostly corner outfielder in the hitter-friendly Texas League as being “solid”. That ranked 14th among Springfield hitters with at least 100 plate appearances this season.September 20, 2019 at 11:31 am #107170
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Capel will be an interesting rule 5 protection decision.September 20, 2019 at 11:49 am #107175
Maybe if they clear up the OF logjam in trades before then… or if he lights up AFL pitching…September 21, 2019 at 8:56 am #107521
Two #stlcards pitched in Friday’s Arizona Fall League game for the Glendale Desert Dogs. Starter Griffin Roberts threw three scoreless innings and Seth Elledge (p) tossed innings five and six in relief, for a scoreless outing as well. https://t.co/R9ALrz12Fr pic.twitter.com/XNSwKzO7QM
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 21, 2019September 22, 2019 at 7:27 am #107796September 23, 2019 at 8:08 am #107961
In Arizona Fall League action, the Glendale Desert Dogs lost a late lead Sunday night. #stlcards RHP Roel Ramirez (p) started and threw two scoreless innings. Kramer Robertson and Ivan Herrera reached base three times and Conner Capel twice. https://t.co/ZJa4U6IYhA pic.twitter.com/aVwNFoTow4
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 23, 2019September 25, 2019 at 8:20 am #108431September 26, 2019 at 7:28 am #108556
There will be no #stlcards Arizona Fall League update this morning. Wednesday night's Glendale Desert Dogs game vs. the Salt River Rafters was postponed until tonight due to lightning. Tonight's original game vs. the Aguilas de Mexicali has been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/3m3g7GiCjz
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 26, 2019September 27, 2019 at 7:34 am #108710
In Thursday’s night’s #stlcards AFL action, DH Elehuris Montero was hitless but scored after reaching base on a hit by pitch. Roel Ramirez gave up a run in the 8th before Kodi Whitley (p) tossed a scoreless 9th for his second save. https://t.co/EiC04nWKoR pic.twitter.com/Ab6MpaxnQC
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 27, 2019September 28, 2019 at 7:49 am #108951
In Glendale’s 5-2 AFL loss on Friday, four #stlcards saw action. RF Conner Capel and 2B Kramer Robertson went hitless, but Robertson had an RBI. Griffin Roberts was the starting pitcher and took the loss. Seth Elledge (p) pitched a scoreless ninth inning. https://t.co/ytkcAwhMk2 pic.twitter.com/8Kxn36TfzN
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 28, 2019September 29, 2019 at 9:16 am #109252
Four #stlcards prospects played in Glendale’s AFL loss on Saturday. 3B Elehuris Montero went 0-for-5 with four Ks. CF Conner Capel and C Ivan Herrera (p) each singled and Herrera drove in a run. Roel Ramirez closed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. https://t.co/lJx2SMMaJ6 pic.twitter.com/cyKeDdR4oQ
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 29, 2019September 29, 2019 at 12:32 pm #109267
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Montero continues to struggle. Concerned about that but he is still pretty young.September 29, 2019 at 1:03 pm #109270
Montero with the Golden Sombrero last night, is he still hurt and just playing through it? Timing just way off? And maybe worse, Griffin Roberts, 13 hits in 6.2 innings, terrible ERA, not looking good….
On a positive note, Herrera is looking great (.801 OPS). I could see him ending up on the fringe of some top 100 lists this offseason if he keeps it up. If you look at the stats, position, age, etc, he deserves to be there.
– Ramierez has looked good, 8k’s in 5.1 IP and just 1 ER given up.
– Elledge, 6k’s in 4 IP, no ER’s given up.
– Whitley has also appeared as great as advertised with 2 hits, 0 BB, 0 Runs, 4K’s in 3 innings.September 29, 2019 at 1:31 pm #109275
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Herrera is the only Cards representative hitter who has looked good. I wonder how close he is to making the MLB/BA top 100?
Whitley, Elledge, and Ramirez have all fared very well so far. Ramirez would be a 7 year minor league free agent, but maybe the can or have resigned him.
I am not sure Roberts will continue starting, as the results have been less than impressive.
Not making excuses, but Montero’s injuries may be lingering, as typically hand/wrist injuries take up to a year to heal fully.September 30, 2019 at 7:22 am #109465
Two #stlcards took part in Sunday AFL action for Glendale. OF Conner Capel entered in the ninth with a single and run scored but the Dogs fell just short. RH Kodi Whitley pitched the scoreless top of the ninth while fanning two. https://t.co/dGMEbrnNTI pic.twitter.com/pNRZzyxOvp
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) September 30, 2019October 2, 2019 at 7:34 am #109689
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