State College is suffering an offensive shortfall now in its third week. The Spikes plated just 16 runs in six games, less than three per game, and won just twice, falling below .500 for the season. Second baseman Martin Figueroa is doing his best, driving in six of the 16 runs.
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-8 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Gulf Coast League’s Inohan Paniagua, who yielded only one unearned run on eight strikeouts and no walks over six innings. Johnson City collected the other win.
There is a lot to catch up with on the St. Louis Cardinals minor league transaction log. We begin with 14 moves on Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2, all but three of which affect the three Class-A teams. 12 involve pitchers.
The Memphis Redbirds (48-62) maintained their recent momentum, going 5-1 this week. Organization Player of the Month Randy Arozarena continues to shine, hitting .379 and reaching base safely in 30 straight starts. Marcell Ozuna and Harrison Bader discuss their Triple-A assignments and more.
Springfield third baseman Yariel Gonzalez receives July Player of the Month recognition from The Cardinal Nation. Derek Shore profiles the winner and identifies honorable mentions.
On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-2 behind solid pitching. Quality starts came from Springfield’s Angel Rondon, Peoria’s Parker Kelly and DSL Blue’s Wilmer Ortega. Three State College hurlers combined for a two-hit shutout. Player of Day Brady Whalen’s four RBI powered the Chiefs’ win.
Despite going 2-4 for the week, Springfield remains tied for first in the Texas League North. Pitching coach Darwin Marrero offers insight on Double-A pitchers past and present, including Johan Oviedo, who had a strong July.
The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 1-5 Wednesday with Memphis providing the sole triumph. Player of the Day Edmundo Sosa had four hits and knocked in the game-winner. Randy Arozarena had three hits and scored twice, including the decisive tally. Palm Beach, Peoria, State College, Johnson City, and the DSL Cardinals Red team all took it on the chin, while Springfield and the Gulf Coast Cards had the day off. The DSL Blue squad was scoreless in the eighth inning when the game was suspended by inclement weather.
Became a Cardinal: Acquired from Los Angeles Dodgers with pitcher Tony Cingrani for third baseman Jedd Gyorko, cash considerations and international bonus money on July 31, 2019.
Became a Cardinal: Acquired from Los Angeles Dodgers with rookie-level pitcher Jeffry Abreu for third baseman Jedd Gyorko, cash considerations and international bonus money on July 31, 2019. Out for the season.
The St. Louis Cardinals traded infielder Jedd Gyorko to the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the only tangible return a 19-year old rookie-level pitcher. The first-place team made no other moves on a disappointing 2019 trade deadline.
The Beach Birds posted a 3-3 record this week but remain in last place in the Florida State League South. Much of the success this week is due to Julio Rodriguez (.533 average) and Luken Baker (.333, HR, 2 2B) anchoring the lineup as the pitching staff works through its inconsistencies. A few bright spots on the mound have been Alvaro Seijas, who tossed a six-inning gem in a 2-1 Palm Beach victory, as well as Michael Baird and Ben Yokley who have locked down the late innings of the game out of the ‘pen.
Cuban native Johan Oviedo was one of St. Louis’ top signings in the 2016-2017 international class and is now beginning to realize his potential at Double-A Springfield. Derek Shore talks with the big right-handed pitcher and his managers prior and current.
On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-4. Players of the Day are Peoria first baseman Brady Whalen, with five RBI on a double and a grand slam, and Johnson City starter Michael YaSenka, who spun six scoreless innings.
Just three days after the St. Louis Cardinals released a pair of players, three more were cut loose on Tuesday, July 30.
Along with the expected moves of Harrison Bader and Lane Thomas, the St. Louis Cardinals picked up left-handed relief pitcher Adalberto Mejia off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.
Became a Cardinal: Claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on July 30, 2019. Designated for assignment on August 6, 2019.
Winning their first two series of the second half, the Class-A Peoria Chiefs went 4-2 for an overall post-break record of 10-26. The Chiefs mixed clutch hitting with timely pitching, led by Colin Schmid’s 12 innings with one earned run allowed.
Springfield Cardinals third baseman Elehuris Montero has finally left injuries behind and looks to finish 2019 strongly – and perhaps keep playing into the fall. The 20-year old, his manager and hitting coach share their thoughts with TCN's Derek Shore.
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-3 in Monday’s short schedule. Peoria won behind Player of the Day Colin Schmid’s seven scoreless innings. Springfield came back multiple times with a trio of home runs, but lost in the 10th inning.
The St. Louis Cardinals optioned center fielder Harrison Bader to Triple-A Memphis on Monday and he will be replaced by Lane Thomas on Tuesday.
The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired left-handed relief pitcher Zac Rosscup from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.
Became a Cardinal: Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations on July 29, 2019.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals is the National League Player of the Week for the period of July 22-28.
Among St. Louis Cardinals minor league news on Monday, July 29 are the promotions of catchers Ivan Herrera and Carlos Soto.
The St. Louis Cardinals swept the Pirates on their home turf, but lost two of three to the top team in the American League, the Houston Astros. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt tied the team record with home runs in six consecutive games. Our weekly history feature looks back a major trade this week in 2011 that helped the Cardinals win the World Series.
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-5 on Sunday with first-place clubs Springfield and Johnson City coming out on top. Player of the Day Dylan Carlson’s walkoff single was the difference-maker for the Double-A Cards.