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Arozarena had an outstanding month, but the separator for me was run production. As Brian mentioned, Gonzalez had the upper-hand by a wide margin in that department. Donovan also had a dynamic month not to be overlooked.
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Whitley is a sleeper. I had one scout tell me he is one of the most improved players in the Cardinals system this year. Velocity up to 96. Ditched a slider he used to use and now throws a curveball as his primary secondary offering. Also throws a changeup. Potential to be a major-league middle reliever, I’m told.
Matt Carpenter will continue his rehab assignment with Springfield on Friday. It appears he will be with the club until Tuesday.
Speaking of Whitley, he was promoted to Memphis this morning.
On Gonzalez, he is a very good organizational player who may hit his way to the big-leagues like Xavier Scruggs, Jermaine Curtis, etc.
Regarding Mieses, his numbers at Memphis aren’t sustainable. Same with Capel, who went up and had similar success after struggling at Springfield. I talked to one scout about this, who said Mieses saw a steady diet of breaking balls when he saw him at Springfield and he had a lot of swing and miss and unproductive at-bats. The older pitchers at Triple-A and the big-leagues will challenge hitters with fastballs in hitters’ counts until they prove they can hit it. Capel and Mieses are decent fastball hitters but don’t have great ideas at the plate and haven’t shown the ability to adjust to secondary pitches.
stlcard25, Oviedo’s velocity (which has been all over the place in pro ball) has ticked up since he’s been with Springfield. I’ve seen him up to 98 this season. He also throws a slider, curveball and changeup. The curve and change flash plus potential, but never at the same time. He still has control problems, but if he throws enough strikes, he is an interesting #4-5 starter for me. I remember Mo saying in an interview he could see him pushing the big-leagues by next year, though I see 2021 as a more likely ETA.
BA updated its Top 30 rankings for each team today:
The publication has Dylan Carlson as the Cardinals top prospect. Few others worth noting include Zack Thompson at No. 8, Junior Fernandez at No. 12, Julio Rodriguez at No. 15, Angel Rondon at No. 17, Edgar Gonzalez at No. 21, Tommy Parsons at No. 22 and Trejyn Fletcher at No. 23.
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Also, Alex Fagalde was placed on the IL today.
I’d say injury-related. He was warming up per usual and even went out to throw his bullpen 20-25 minutes before the game before being scratched.
FaGalde was scratched from his start tonight. No update on his status.
Walsh struck out the side in an inning of work today for the GCL Cardinals.
Quick update on Walsh and Gingery: Walsh has been sent to GCL Cards on a rehab assignment today. It appears he will start today. I have been told Gingery is close. The Cardinals have been extra cautious with him. Another name missing from action this season is Ian Oxnevad. He’s been on the 60-day IL since Opening Day, so my guess would be he sustained a significant injury in the spring.
That said, the cupboard is not completely bare with more reinforcements coming back from injury in addition to all the pitchers drafted this year.
And don’t forget about Jake Walsh, Steven Gingery and Griffin Roberts. All of whom I see being candidates for the AFL, *if healthy.
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Carlson is batting seventh and playing right field tonight for the National League squad in the Futures Game. Gorman is listed as a reserve. In other news, Trejyn Fletcher has been promoted to Johnson City.
Williams back to the DL for the third time this season. After a game like last night, it’s been a frustrating year, to say the least for him. Same with Schrock.
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My guess on Oviedo’s early departure was due to a high pitch count. It took him 50 pitches to get through two innings and he had already issued three walks.
Williams has remained with Springfield since his injury. It appears he is close to returning.
Zac Gallen along with Sandy Alcantara, and Magneuris Sierra were the three players acquired in the trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to St Louis. Gallen's first career start will come against the Cardinals tomorrow.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) June 19, 2019
Last I heard about Derian Gonzalez, he had a significant elbow injury last summer and would be out for some time. My guess would be he ultimately had surgery.
An injury update on Montero has been added.
Pretty much the same guy as last year, according to scouts. Fastball command is good. Average fastball, though. Plus changeup. Fringy curveball. Stuff plays best against right-handed hitters because his breaking ball is not of the wipeout variety needed against lefties. He projects as an up and down type. Still, he has had an impressive career for someone that went undrafted and played Indy Ball.
Montero has hit the DL once again. No word on if he re-aggravated the wrist or if it is a different injury.