The St. Louis Cardinals won both home series on the week, going 5-2, and opened up a three-game lead in the NL Central. CF Harrison Bader has performed well offensively and defensively since his return. Our weekly history feature looks back at the uncommon back-to-back Cardinals double-header.
On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2, led by Johnson City’s first-round playoff victory. Player of the Day Chandler Redmond plated four for the finals-bound Appy Birds.
The threat of Hurricane Dorian erased the final two games for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, which finished 2019 on an eight-game losing skid and its worst record since 2008. Outfielder Patrick Romeri went 5-for-11 to close out his professional debut.
The St. Louis Cardinals have added a first wave of eight roster reinforcements for the final month of the 2019 season. They include the return of right-handed reliever Mike Mayers to the 40-man roster.
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-3 on Saturday. Johnson City won its game to take the semifinal playoffs to Game three. Our Players of the Day are the Memphis Redbirds pitching staff of Seth Elledge, Roel Ramirez, Chasen Shreve and Kodi Whitley, who combined to take a no-hitter against the first place Iowa Cubs into the bottom of the eighth inning in Saturday’s game in Des Moines. Honorable mention goes to Springfield DH Chris Chinea, who went a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs in Springfield’s loss to Midland.
Among 11 finalists across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Daniel Ponce de Leon is our clear choice as the Pitcher of the Month for August after posting a stellar 0.93 ERA over five starts for Memphis.
With the needs of St. Louis taking first priority, of course, a series of roster moves affected Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield on Saturday, August 31.
Other than Texas League Player of the Year Dylan Carlson, the St. Louis Cardinals had no league Post-Season All-Stars across their four full-season squads – the poorest showing by far in at least a decade, and likely longer. Brian Walton looks into possible reasons why.
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-4 on Friday, including a Johnson City loss in Game 1 of its playoff series. Our Player of the Day is State College catcher Matt Duce, who went 4-for-6, including a double, two RBI and two runs scored as the Spikes try to hold onto their fading post-season hopes. Memphis was officially eliminated.
An unlikely late season surge has Memphis (68-68) just a four-game sweep away from being division champs and returning to the playoffs. The 6-1 week was led by Justin Williams, hitting .434 in his last seven games with four home runs. Adolis Garcia crossed the rare 90-RBI threshold.
The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Lane Thomas on the 10-day injured list with a fractured wrist, replaced by returning outfielder Tyler O’Neill.
On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2. Player of the Day Rayder Ascanio went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Springfield’s win. Memphis and Peoria had late wins and Palm Beach’s Griffin Roberts and State College’s Enmanuel Solano made strong starts.
Drafted in the eighth round in 2018, St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Lars Nootbaar has reached his third level this season and continues to grow at Double-A. Derek Shore interviews the former USC star.
As the 2019 season winds down, St. Louis Cardinals Double-A manager Joe Kruzel talks about individual player growth, his League Player of the Year and a trio of Major League rehabbers.
It was a 5-2 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system with Johnson City winning its division on the final day. The five winning teams averaged over eight runs per game, and the day’s stars included shortstop Edmundo Sosa with a four-hit game, Dariel Gomez with a pair of home runs, and the unbelievably unpredictable Johan Oviedo who truly dominated for seven-plus innings.
The St. Louis Cardinals will be sending eight minor leaguers to the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase for 2019, led by Memphis outfielder and no. 1 prospect Dylan Carlson and the second-youngest player in the league, catcher Ivan Herrera.
The St. Louis Cardinals have executed a series of player transactions for various reasons as the 2019 minor league seasons near their close.
On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-6, with Johnson City able to make the playoffs with another win Wednesday. JC’s Liam Sabino had three hits and plated two and Hector Soto spun five scoreless innings in Tuesday’s victory.
The Palm Beach Cardinals posted a 2-4 record this week as the offense has begun to sputter and the pitching staff has fallen apart, allowing eight or more runs three times. Bright spots include Luken Baker (.304, 5 XBH), Nolan Gorman (.318), and Nick Dunn (.292) plus Alvaro Seijas, who tossed his third scoreless start in a row.
The Class-A Chiefs finished 4-3 last week to improve their second-half record to 21-42. In a week of numerous close games, the Chiefs dug out some hard-fought wins. Michael Brettell allowed just three runs in two starts, over 14 innings and reigning Midwest League Player of the Month Brendan Donovan batted .384 for the week.
St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Dylan Carlson, previously with the Springfield Cardinals, has been named the 2019 Texas League Player of the Year.
After opening 2019 at High-A, St. Louis Cardinals right-handed relief pitching prospect Kodi Whitley has progressed to Triple-A. With his stronger offerings and higher velocity, the majors are nearing.
The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 2-3 on Monday, with double-digit run totals allowed in losses by Johnson City, Springfield, and Palm Beach. State College and Peoria mustered one-run victories, the latter coming in 11 innings. Brendan Donovan had four hits in the Chiefs’ thrilling win.
Brian Walton’s annual assessment of which Cardinals minor leaguers may be called upon to join St. Louis with September roster expansion includes at least one dark-horse candidate (no, not Dylan Carlson).
On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2. Peoria and State College won with final inning comebacks and Memphis’ big bats kept on hitting. Player of the Day Brandon Purcell’s two-run double tied the game for the Spikes. Johnson City’s loss knocked them out of first place.
The St. Louis Cardinals went 6-1 on the week to extend their division lead to 2 1/2 games. Dakota Hudson is pitching very well along with Jack Flaherty at the head of the rotation. Our weekly history feature looks back at former team saves leader Lee Smith.
Leading for only two innings all week, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals lost all five games, with five remaining in a once-promising season that has fizzled out. Outfield prospect Diowill Burgos batted .500 for the period.