October 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm #111390
The #AFL Fall Stars Game will be at Salt River Fields tonight at 5PM Phoenix time. That should be great because they will be using automation to call balls and strikes. The TV audience will see it does not delay the game and it is one of the best technical changes.
— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) October 12, 2019October 13, 2019 at 9:10 am #111481
Both #stlcards representatives, catcher Ivan Herrera and pitcher Seth Elledge, appeared in Saturday night’s AFL Fall All Stars Game. Herrera entered in the sixth, had one at bat and struck out. Elledge retired his two batters in the eighth with 1 K. https://t.co/ksl00Q3fbH pic.twitter.com/WsyZi82olB
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) October 13, 2019October 13, 2019 at 9:35 am #111484
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And for all of you fellow Salt River Rafters fans, it sure has been an exciting 1st half to the 2019 AFL campaign. Coach Johnson has his boys hitting on all cylinders, as the Rafters find themselves firmly perched atop the Eastern division. Whoever emerges out of the Western division will find themselves to be boys amongst men when they square off vs Salt River for all of the marbles. Go Rafters!October 15, 2019 at 8:47 am #111672October 16, 2019 at 7:29 am #111864October 16, 2019 at 6:08 pm #111972
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I’m anticipating a big bounce back year from Elehuris Montero in 2020. Brian, have you heard the nickname for Elehuris?
Really enjoyed the Griffin Roberts interview.October 17, 2019 at 7:40 am #111995
No, I’ve not heard of a nickname. Glad you liked the interview. Seven more coming!October 17, 2019 at 7:40 am #111996October 19, 2019 at 8:20 am #112126
Four #stlcards position players and one pitcher saw action in Glendale’s Arizona Fall League loss on Friday night. Ivan Herrera (p) walked and scored his team’s only run. Seth Elledge took the loss, allowing all three Surprise runs in the eighth inning. https://t.co/GFmEOlfCta pic.twitter.com/6oXnGZRMVu
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) October 19, 2019October 19, 2019 at 9:41 am #112130
It’s strange that every Cards regular has a higher OBP than slugging percentage. Or is that a mistake?October 20, 2019 at 7:24 am #112196
Three #stlcards saw action in Glendale’s Saturday AFL win. Elehuris Montero (p) went 1-for-4, a double, and an RBI. Roel Ramirez pitched the first two innings and gave up two runs. Kodi Whitley tossed the final two scoreless frames for his third AFL save. https://t.co/sMArkqKL2L pic.twitter.com/Fo0LdRP91Y
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) October 20, 2019October 20, 2019 at 7:25 am #112197
stlcard25, they are not using the (juiced) AAA/MLB ball in the desert. Perhaps that is a factor in the lack of power.October 21, 2019 at 8:03 am #112297October 21, 2019 at 8:32 am #112305
I like that swing by Montero. I really hope he stays healthy this coming year, as I believe that he will show why he’s so well thought of with the bat if he can stay on the field and get into a groove.
As for Capel, good to see him tapping into the power a bit. He’s kind of lost in the OF shuffle right now but if he can build up his confidence, his LH bat could get him somewhere.
Also good to see Whitley pitching well. He’s a sleeper for the St Louis pen next season. I remember Peoria’s manager saying he had a big league arm. I think he’ll contribute going forward.October 21, 2019 at 8:36 am #112307
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And for all of you Salt River fans, there was no surprise at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick last night, as your Rafters clipped those upstart Saguaros out of Surprise, Arizona, by the score of 2-1 in 10 frames. Four fine hurlers limited Surprise to just 4 measly hits, while also setting down 10 Saguaros via the strike out route. Alexander “The Mediocre” Guillen picks up the “W”, his second vs no setbacks and Nick “Tennis Anyone” Raquet logs the “L”, his second vs no triumphs. 639 fans tickled the Salt River turnstiles, as this affair was completed in a rather snappy 2 hours and 37 minutes….especially considering it went into extra innings. And as a quick footnote, Talking Stick Park not only notes the number of fans who enter the Park, but also how many fans exit it’s friendly confines. Last evening 722 happy fans exited. It certainly looks as if beefed up security is in order as those freeloaders are gaining entrance somehow someway.October 21, 2019 at 8:39 am #112308
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Do we think Montero has a chance to open the season in Memphis or is he ticketed back to Springfield or is TBD based on spring training? We have talked before about the potential logjam with Montero and Gorman. That will be interesting to watch.October 21, 2019 at 8:48 am #112309
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I would think Montero should start at Springfield. I would like to see Gorman progress as a hitter, and show the patience he did at Johnson City.October 21, 2019 at 8:58 am #112314
I’d think there is room for both guys at Springfield, if that’s what the Cards want. Gorman will obviously be the priority 3B, but Montero could DH or play 1B and fill in at third when Gorman is put at DH in some games.October 21, 2019 at 10:30 am #112333
We’ve seen guys start the season by returning to a level, and later when they are hitting, get a bump up. Unless Montero looks really, really good in the spring, he should probably return to Springfield. As discussed in another thread, Gorman was ok, but did not tear up the FSL in his partial season there. Carlson had comparable numbers with Palm Beach at the same age, but spent a full season there. I don’t think they would prefer to have both Montero and Gorman on the same roster at this point.October 22, 2019 at 7:57 am #112411
In Monday Arizona Fall League action, three #stlcards prospects were busy. 2B Kramer Robertson (p) walked twice and doubled, 3B Elehuris Montero walked and LF Conner Capel singled, walked and scored twice. https://t.co/JkBcvm3abL pic.twitter.com/9MBJ79ooHx
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) October 22, 2019October 24, 2019 at 7:22 am #112599October 24, 2019 at 7:49 pm #112678
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Loved watching that fielding play by Montero.October 24, 2019 at 8:37 pm #112684
I agree, mud, especially since his reactions is the area I am told he needs to work on most defensively.
Also, for members, my interview with Montero will run tomorrow (Friday) morning.October 25, 2019 at 7:29 am #112697
#stlcards prospects C Ivan Herrera and 2B Kramer Robertson played in Glendale’s 2-1 Arizona Fall League win over Peoria Thursday night. Herrera went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI, but Robertson was 0-for-4, including two strikeouts. https://t.co/MWYuSj8hCk pic.twitter.com/U59yMrCjfk
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) October 25, 2019October 25, 2019 at 9:26 am #112710
Herrera seems like he will be the long-term answer at catcher. He’s just 19 and will play most of the beginning of 2020 as a 19 year old. He’s up there with Carlson in terms of playing well above his age most of his minor leage career. To put up above-average batting lines while doing so is impressive. I hope he follows Molina around like a shadow next spring.
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