After a 2-9 start, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals found their footing on the mound and in the field, going 5-2 for the week. 18-year old right-hander Luis Ortiz has a 3.07 ERA through five starts and two relief appearances, including 6 1/3 shutout innings on Saturday.
The St. Louis Cardinals came out of the All-Star break with a series win over visiting Arizona. New closer Carlos Martinez saved both wins. Our weekly history feature remembers prior years when St. Louis had just one All-Star, as in 2019 with Paul DeJong.
The Johnson City Cardinals went 3-3 for the week, with their overall record 13-10, and second place in the West Division of the Appalachian Fall League. Chandler Redmond continues to show his power, while Liam Sabino and Todd Lott are producing. Michael YaSenka stole the show on the mound with his memorable performance in Saturday’s loss.
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-7 on Saturday, including three double headers. Our Player of the Day, Peoria second baseman Brendan Donovan, was 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a double.
Rehabs, backfills and All-Stars make up some of the Saturday player news across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.
Right-handed pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon continues to defy pitching logic by being more effective starting for the St. Louis Cardinals than while at Triple-A. But it is working well, so why not stay with it?
State College had a rough week, dropping five of seven games. The team is 15-13 and third in their division. Shortstop Moises Castillo and outfielder Jonatan Machado are leading the offense. 2019 draftees Jack Ralston and Logan Gragg have been sharp out of the pen.
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield designated hitter Yariel Gonzalez, whose 11th inning three-run home run walked off a win. Behind three home runs, Palm Beach scored 10, but Johnson City gave up 11. Trejyn Fletcher had three outfield assists.
In an uncharacteristically quiet Friday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, the only transaction was the return of outfielder Chase Pinder to Palm Beach from Springfield.
Brian Walton’s regular St. Louis Cardinals talk with Ken Miller and Trent Condon of KXnO 1460 Radio in Des Moines.
In a short week due to the All-Star break, the Memphis Redbirds went 1-3 and remain last in the division. Center fielder Randy Arozarena continues to be hot, with five RBI this week and slashing .380/.452/.550/1.002 with Memphis.
Even as MLB and the Players’ Association have begun labor negotiations, players say a work stoppage is possible if progress is not made, despite an agreement that runs for 2 ½ more years.
St. Louis’ minors went 4-5 on Thursday with Player of the Day Dylan Carlson helping Springfield out of the division cellar. Palm Beach split a pair while Johnson City won its third straight. A strong pitching effort by 18-year old Angel Cuenca helped the DSL Red put one in the win column as well.
Matt Carpenter, Chasen Shreve and Andrew Knizner join the St. Louis Cardinals, with Yadier Molina injured and Tyler Webb and Rangel Ravelo sent down to Triple-A Memphis.
Springfield Cardinals starting pitcher Angel Rondon has already been named Texas League Pitcher of the Week after his mid-season promotion from Palm Beach as the 21-year old continues to work on mound improvements. The right-hander and two of his managers share their thoughts with Derek Shore.
Despite much-improved pitching led by Alex FaGalde and Angel Rondon, the Springfield Cardinals went 3-4 on the week. Manager Joe Kruzel discusses lessons learned from the challenging first half and highlights several recent roster reinforcements.
It was a 3-4 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, with Memphis still off for the All-Star break and Palm Beach suspended by rain in the 4th inning. Player of the Day Dalton Roach threw six shutout innings for Johnson City. Springfield won with help from Dylan Carlson, who reached safely four times and stole a base, shortstop Rayder Ascanio who matched Carlson, and starting pitcher Angel Rondon, who pitched into the seventh inning and drove in more runs than he conceded.
Among other player moves in the minor league system, the St. Louis Cardinals have optioned left-handed relief pitcher Tyler Webb to Triple-A Memphis.
Will minor league player pay finally be increased to a “correct” level, will the minor leagues be contracted or will both – or neither – occur?
Palm Beach had another disappointing week, going 2-5 while remaining in last place in the division. The recently promoted trio of Imeldo Diaz, Juan Yepez and Andres Luna helped carry the lineup from the bottom of the order, batting .429, .412, and .353, respectively.
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Tuesday, backed by strong performances by starter Alex FaGalde and center fielder Dylan Carlson for Springfield, center fielder Jonatan Machado for State College and starter Gustavo J Rodriguez for DSL Blue. But Player of the Day Diowill Burgos of DSL Red stands tallest by hitting for the cycle.
The St. Louis Cardinals have four players on injury-related moves, including Memphis pitcher Kevin Herget.
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed outfielder Tommy Jew, but an injury will keep the 13th-rounder out of action this summer.
At 0-7, the Chiefs had their first winless week of the season, for an overall second half record of 3-15. When the pitching did their part, the offense couldn’t pull through, scoring just 19 runs vs. 49 yielded for the week. Still, shortstop Delvin Perez hit .400 over the seven games.
Springfield Cardinals starting pitcher Alex FaGalde is a Florida State League All-Star and two-time reigning Pitcher of the Month per The Cardinal Nation due to his continued success even after being promoted to Double-A. The right-hander and his manager share their insight with Derek Shore.
The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 3-4 Monday with victories by Palm Beach, Johnson City, and the Gulf Coast Cards. Springfield, State College, and the DSL Blue squad went down to defeat, as well as the Peoria Chiefs who lost despite Player of the Day Ivan Herrera reaching safely four times. Memphis took the day off for the All-Star break and the DSL Red team had no result reported.
The Cardinal Nation’s refreshed top 50 prospect list for July includes a new no. 1 in Dylan Carlson and significant movement within, including five 2019 draftees among nine debuts.