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In the last prospect battle, I looked at two pitching prospects, Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky, who will both be top 5 prospects for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015. For my latest battle, I went with outfielders who should also be top 5 prospects for 2015. Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk have taken very different routes to the Cardinals, as Piscotty was drafted by St. Louis, while Grichuk was acquired via trade, but both may be competing for one spot in 2015.

In my second Prospect Battle, I will compare Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk and give you a look at what they have to offer now and what the future might hold for both. I will also pick the prospect that I think will have a better career when it is all said and done. First, a tale of the tape on the two pitchers.

                                                      Tale of the Tape
Stats              Randal Grichuk              Stephen Piscotty
Birthdate August 13, 1991 January 14, 1991
Birthplace Rosenberg, Texas Pleasanton, California
Draft 1st Round (24th overall) – 2009 1st Round (36th overall) – 2012
Height/Weight 6’1″, 195 lbs 6’3″, 210 lbs
Bats/Throws Right/Right Right/Right
2014 Stats AAA- 472 PA, .259, 25 HR, 71 RBI AAA- 556 PA, .288, 9 HR, 69 RBI

 

We will start with the prospect who has been in the Cardinals system since day 1, Piscotty. Stephen Piscotty was drafted 36th overall in the 2012 draft out of Stanford University. He came to the Cardinals in the same draft that brought Michael Wacha, James Ramsey, and Carson Kelly. When he was drafted, there were concerns about his hitting stroke, thanks to a less than idea approach at Stanford, but many thought he could be corrected in the Cardinals system.

Being a college draftee, Piscotty was on the fast track through the Cardinals system and reached Triple-A Memphis less than two years after being drafted. His best year came in 2013 when he split time with High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. He spent the majority of that season at Palm Beach (63 games to just 49 at Springfield) and combined to hit .295 with 15 home runs and 59 runs batted in over a combined 112 games. That would project to over 21 home runs over a full 162 game season.

2014 was supposed to be Piscotty’s coming out party after a strong 2013 that included a fine showing in the Arizona Fall League. He began 2014 with the Memphis Redbirds after just those 49 games at the Double-A level. The inexperience showed as his numbers declined slightly at the higher level. His OPS dropped from .810 to .761 and his wOBA also dropped about 40 points. His K rate also increased a percent or so.

For those that believe Piscotty is ready for the major leagues, I point to those numbers and show that he had just 49 games at Double-A, not even half a season. 2015 should see a return to Memphis and an increase in production. There was some talk that Piscotty could learn first base, but with the addition of Mark Reynolds, that may change. That said, I would not be surprised to see him get time at first next season.

Randal Grichuk was acquired by the Cardinals in November of 2013 in a trade that sent him and Peter Bourjos to St. Louis for David Freese and Fernando Salas. Many at the time believed that Grichuk was considered a “throw in” and did not realize the potential that was there. There has been a lot of talk at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings that Dodgers GM Andrew Freidman does a great job of maximizing return in trades. I believe that John Mozeliak is also a master at that, as seen in the Grichuk/Bourjos trade.

Grichuk started the 2014 season,along with Piscotty, at the Triple-A level. This was after an awesome Double-A season in the Angels organization where he hit .256 with 22 home runs and 64 runs batted in. Grichuk continued to rake in 2014, hitting 25 home runs in just 108 games, which led the Cardinals organization. Grichuk saw plenty of MLB time in 2014, which was a surprise to many. Over 110 MLB at-bats, he hit .245 with 3 home runs and an OPS of .678. This included 31 strike outs.

Piscotty and Grichuk do many things differently. Piscotty is the low strikeout, high on base hitter who will get extra base hits, but will not be a big power threat. Grichuk is the high strike out, low on base hitter who will bring you 20-30 home runs over a full MLB season. Defensively, the edge goes to Grichuk who can handle center and right, while Piscotty is an average right fielder with an above average arm.

For me the edge goes to Piscotty because he fits the Cardinals mold much better. An obvious comparison to him is Matt Carpenter from the right side. Yes, you would love to see the power develop, but his OPS is nearly equal to Grichuk’s even without the SLG part of the equation. I believe Piscotty’s future is brighter and Cardinals fans will start to see that in the later stages of 2015.

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Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky appear on the surface to have similar backgrounds as both grew up in New Jersey, are big time pitching prospects, and are members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. When you dig deeper you will find the similarities end there and their paths to the Cardinals organization are completely different. Both pitchers will enter the 2015 season as likely top 5 prospects within the organization and you will find a differing opinion on who is higher ranked.

In my first Prospect Battle, I will compare Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky and give you a look at what they have to offer now and what the future might hold for both. I will also pick the prospect that I think will have a better career when it is all said and done. First, a tale of the tape on the two pitchers.

 

                                                   Tale of the Tape
Stats                Alex Reyes              Rob Kaminsky
Birthdate August 29, 1994 September 2, 1994
Birthplace Elizabeth, New Jersey Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Draft International Free Agent 1st Round (28th overall) – 2013
Height/Weight 6’3″, 185 lbs 5’11”, 191 lbs
Bats/Throws Right/Right Right/Left
2014 Stats 7-7, 3.62 ERA, 137 K, 109 IP 8-2, 1.88 ERA, 79 K, 100 IP

 

Although he was born and primarily raised in New Jersey, Alex Reyes moved to the Dominican Republic for his senior year of high school. Reyes, whose family is from the Dominican, had to wait 12 months after his move to be eligible for free agency. When his time was up, the Cardinals signed him for $950,000 in December of 2012 and his professional career began in June of 2013 as he played with the Johnson City Cardinals, the Cards’ rookie level team in the Appalachian League. Reyes, just 18 when the season started, went 6-4 with a 3.39 ERA over 58 innings. He struck out 68 while walking 28 batters in his first season.

For 2014, Reyes was pushed to a full season club, the Peoria Chiefs, and had some big time ups and downs but ended the year on a high note. Over the season, he went 7-7 with a 3.62 ERA and an organizational leading 137 strikeouts in just 109 plus innings. Reyes was able to lower his WHIP from 1.40 in 2013 to 1.30 in 2014. The good news is that he started to show signs of better command late in the season. Over his last 6 starts, Reyes went 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA and a .198 batting average against. His WHIP over those final 6 starts was 1.06, which leads me to believe these numbers should carry over to 2015 and Reyes will start separating himself from the rest of the Cardinals pitchers in the organization.

When the Cardinals selected Rob Kaminsky with their second pick in the 2013 draft, they were taking a pitcher who may not have been very high on other team’s draft boards, but was going into the draft as one of the most polished prep pitchers out there. Kaminsky got a taste of pro ball in 2013 as he pitched in 22 innings for the Gulf Coast Cardinals, the Cardinals’ lowest American affiliate and a typical starting spot for newly drafted prep pitchers.

2014 saw Kaminsky begin the season at the team’s spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida before joining the Peoria Chiefs in early May. With Peoria, he was a model of what consistency is, going 8-2 with an incredible 1.88 ERA over 100 plus innings. Over his 18 starts, Kaminsky never allowed more than 3 earned runs in a single start and he allowed 3 in just two starts. He pitched into the 6th inning in 13 of his 18 starts. That polish that we talked about earlier showed up in a big way in 2014 as he was about 11 innings away from winning the Midwest League ERA crown, by a mile. His 1.88 ERA would have blown away Kevin Ziomek‘s 2.27 winning ERA.

So, what does the future look like for these two pitching prospects?

It is quite obvious that Kaminsky is currently ahead of Reyes in the development “game”, which should not be a surprise, but Reyes is catching up quickly. For me, what separates the two is their ceilings. I believe Reyes’ ceiling is a MLB ace who could be competing for Cy Young‘s in the future. Kaminsky’s ceiling is not as high, probably a #2 or #3 starter. While both pitchers have above average curveballs (Kaminsky’s is probably the best in the organization), Reyes’ heater can light up the gun in the mid-to-upper 90’s.

While I am putting Reyes ahead of Kaminsky, this should not be a knock against the lefty. Rob Kaminsky will have a very impressive major league career and could/should reach All-Star level at the highest level of professional baseball. Cardinal fans should be excited that these two pitching prospects from the Garden State are in their system and will be toeing the rubber in Busch very soon.

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Well we are almost at full strength as the Gulf Coast Cards are the only American affiliate who has not yet started play and they start on Friday. I have not really covered GCL games much in the past but will this year with so many highly drafted players headed there. The Baby Birds went 2-4 with the two lowest clubs providing the only wins. Maikel Cleto and Victor Marte struggled again in Memphis’ walk-off loss. I am with you all in your frustration as to why they are still employed by the Cardinals. I will say this, the only negative I can find to keeping them is that Cleto is taking a starting spot from someone who deserves it like Richard Castillo of Springfield.

Starlin Rodriguez was demoted to High-A Palm Beach from Springfield on Thursday in an effort to move him to the outfield, I believe the emergence of Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera at second base allowed this move to happen. Palm Beach also features some of the hottest hitters in the Cardinals system with the likes of Stephen Piscotty, Colin Walsh, and David Popkins all on a roll.

Corey Jones had another solid outing for Peoria, only allowing 2 runs on 2 solo home runs. Third straight quality start by Jones. It is still really early, but the State College lineup is really producing and Ben O’Shea, a 2012 draftee, was solid on the mound for the Spikes. Johnson City kicked off its season with a bang. Brett Wiley, our Baby Bird of the Night, hit his first home run of the year and added 4 RBI’s. Big time International signee, Alexander Reyes -18, had a decent debut for Johnson City. Kenny Peoples-Walls could be a sleeper to watch out for.

Here are the results from Thursday’s action:

Memphis (36-39) 7, Round Rock 8

Ryan Jackson 3-for-4, R….. Kolten Wong 1-for-3….. Brock Peterson 1-for-5, 2 RBI…. Rob Johnson 2-for-4, 2 R….. Greg Garcia 2-for-4, triple, 2 R, RBI….. Chad Huffman 3-for-4, HR (8), 4 RBI, R….. Adron Chambers 0-for-3, R

Maikel Cleto 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 6 BB, 5 K….. Marc Repczynski 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K….. Michael Blazek 2 IP 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K….. Victor Marte (L, 2-1) 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, o K

Player of the Game: Chad Huffman

Arkansas 14, Springfield (35-36) 5

Mike O’Neill 1-for-3, RBI….. Ruben Gotay 1-for-3, HR (8), RBI, 2 R….. Adam Melker 1-for-2, R….. James Ramsey 1-for-3, double, R….. Jake Lemmerman 0-for-3, RBI….. Cody Stanley 1-for-4, R, RBI….. Luis Mateo 3-for-4, RBI

Jonathan Cornelius (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K….. Anthony Ferrara 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K….. Jose Almarante 2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Player of the Game: Ruben Gotay

St. Lucie 8, Palm Beach (29-40) 6

Colin Walsh 0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R….. Alex Mejia 1-for-5, double, R….. Stephen Piscotty 3-for-5, double, R….. Jonathan Rodriguez 2-for-5, double, R, RBI….. David Popkins 2-for-5, R….. Starlin Rodriguez 1-for-5….. Nick Longmire 4-for-4, RBI….. Juan Castillo 1-for-4

Tyler Melling 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K….. Danny Miranda (L, 2-1) 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Player of the Game: Nick Longmire

Peoria (38-30) 1, Beloit 5

Breyvic Valera 1-for-4, R….. Ildemaro Vargas 1-for-4….. Michael Swinson 1-for-4, SB….. Nick Martini 1-for-4, SB

Corey Jones (L, 2-1) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K…… Joseph Scanio 1 IP, 2 H,1 R, 1 BB, 1 K…… Sam Tuivailala 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 0 K

Player of the Game:  Corey Jones

State College (3-1) 7, Auburn 5

Jimmy Bosco 1-for-3, double, R, RBI….. Cesar Valera 1-for-4, double, RBI….. David Washington 1-for-5, R….. Ronald Castillo 1-for-4, R….. Carson Kelly 2-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 R….. Matthew Young 0-for-3, R….. Trevor Martin 1-for-4, RBI….. Alex De Leon 2-for-4, double, R, 2 RBI

Ben O’Shea (W, 1-0) 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K….. Jhonny Polanco 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K….. Brady Adamek (S, 1) 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Player of the Game: Alex De Leon

Johnson City (1-0) 9, Kingsport 3

Vaughn Bryan 1-for-5, 2 R, SB….. Kenny Peoples-Walls 3-for-5, double, R, RBI….. Brett Wiley 3-for-4, HR (1), double, R, 4 RBI….. Ronnierd Garcia 1-for-4, R….. Rowan Wick 2-for-3, double, R….. Kyle Grieshaber 1-for-4, triple, R, 2 RBI….. Lance Jeffries 0-for-4, R, SB….. Yoenny Gonzalez 1-for-5, triple, R, RBI

Alexander Reyes 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K….. Anderson Gerdel (W, 1-0) 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K….. Steven Sabatino 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K….. Zach Loraine 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Player of the Game: Brett Wiley

 

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It was a clean sweep for the Baby Birds as all four teams in action won on Wednesday. It was also a powerful night as there were 8 Baby Bird home runs hit. The big one was Oscar Taveras’ 5th home run, which happened to come on his 21st birth day on Wednesday. Xavier Scruggs belted his 19th home run for Springfield which puts him in the Texas League lead ahead of big-time Astros prospect George Springer. A day after losing his 13-game hitting streak, David Popkins starts up a new one with his second home run of the year. Ryan Sherriff and Jay Voss were solid in their starts for Springfield and Palm Beach.

State College had a big night as Bruce Caldwell and Ronald Castillo each contributed 4 hits. Navy veteran Mitchell Harris made his Cardinals organization debut 5 years after being drafted with 1 and 2/3 perfect innings. 2013 draftees Jimmy Reed, Kevin Herget, and Kyle Webb all made their professional debuts and Herget picked up the win. Short-Season Johnson City kicks off its season on Thursday. I will have a team preview of Johnson City up at CardinalsFarm.com on Thursday.

Here are the results of Wednesday’s action:

Memphis (36-38) 9, Round Rock 4

Ryan Jackson 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB….. Kolten Wong 1-for-1, 2 R, 4 BB….. Oscar Taveras 2-for-5, HR (5), 4 RBI, 2 R….. Brock Peterson 2-for-5, HR (16), 2 RBI, 2 R….. Chad Huffman 2-for-3, HR (7), 3 RBI, R

Nick Additon (W, 5-2) 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 0 K….. Fernando Salas 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K….. Sam Freeman 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K….. Mitchell Boggs 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Player of the Game: Oscar Taveras

 Tulsa 2, Springfield (35-35) 6

James Ramsey 2-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, R…. Tommy Pham 0-for-2, R, 2 BB….. Ruben Gotay 1-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, R….. Chris Swauger 0-for-3, R….. Xavier Scruggs 1-for-2, HR (19), 2 RBI, R, SB….. Jake Lemmerman 1-for-2, double….. Luis Mateo 0-for-3….. Audry Perez 0-for-3

Ryan Sherriff (W, 2-1) 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K….. Heath Wyatt 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K….. Justin Wright 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K….. Kevin Thomas 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K….. Lee Stoppelman 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K….. Deryk Hooker 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Player of the Game: James Ramsey

Palm Beach (29-39) 8, Fort Myers 5

Colin Walsh 1-for 4, R….. Alex Mejia 3-for-5, 2 R….. Stephen Piscotty 0-for-4, R….. Jonathan Rodriguez 2-for-4, R….. David Popkins 1-for-4, HR(2), 2 RBI, 2 R….. Nick Longmire 1-for-3, HR (6), RBI, R….. Casey Rasmus 0-for-4, RBI

Jay Voss (W,1-3) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K….. Aidan Lucas 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K….. Dean Kiekhefer 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K….. Ronnie Shaban (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Player of the Game: Alex Mejia

Williamsport 3, State College (2-1) 8

Jimmy Bosco 1-for-4, RBI….. Cesar Valera 2-for-5, triple….. Bruce Caldwell 4-for-5, 2 R….. David Washington 1-for-4, R….. Ronald Castillo 4-for-5, double, 2 R, 2 RBI….. Carson Kelly 1-for-4….. Luke Voit 1-for-4, R….. Michael Schultze 1-for-2, double, R, RBI….. Steven Ramos 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI

Jimmy Reed 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K….. Kevin Herget (W, 1-0) 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K….. Mitchell Harris 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K….. Kyle Webb 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K….. Willy Paulino 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Player of the Game:  Ronald Castillo

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It was a rough night for the baby Birds as all three teams in action lost. Springfield had a double-header washed out and Peoria is on their All-Star break. Carlos Martinez had his worst start since returning to the minor leagues and a 30+ pitch first inning is probably what did him in. David Popkins didn’t skip a beat from his first half success. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games and is hitting roughly .540 in those 13 games.

The State College Spikes, the Cardinals Short-Season (A) affiliate kicked off its season on Monday with a loss at the hands of the Williamsport Crosscutters. Juan Bautista was solid in his 5 innings, but the offense struggled to score. Two 2103 draft picks made their debuts for the Spikes as Jimmy Bosco was hitless and catcher Alex DeLeon had a hit in 3 at-bats.

Here are the results from Monday’s action:

Memphis (35-37) 3, Albuquerque 4

In a suspension filled series, the Isoptopes sweep the Memphis Redbirds as top prospect Carlos Martinez couldn’t turn things around on Monday. Ryan Jackson 1-for-3, R, RBI….. Jamie Romak 2-for-4, double, R….. Travis Tartamella 1-for-3, R

Carlos Martinez 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K….. Mitchell Boggs 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K….. Michael Blazek 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Player of the Game: Jamie Romak

Palm Beach (28-38) 5, Fort Myers 6

The Palm Beach Cardinals started the second half of the season with a walk-off loss to the Boston Red Sox’ HIgh-A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle. Colin Walsh 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI….. Jonathan Rodriguez 1-for-5, double, RBI….. David Popkins 3-for-4, R….. Danny Stienstra 1-for-5, R…… Nick Longmire 2-for-4, 2 R….. Juan Castillo 3-for-4….. Ronny Gil 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Kurt Heyer 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K….. Danny Miranda 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K….. Travis Miller (L, 1-8) 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB

Player of the Game: Colin Walsh

Williamsport 4, State College (0-1) 2

The new Cardinals’ short-season (A) affiliate, the State College Spikes, open the season with a loss at home to the Williamsport Crosscutters. Cesar Valera 1-for-4, R…. Bruce Caldwell 1-for-3, R….. Carson Kelly 0-for-3, RBI…. Trevor Martin 2-for-4….. Alex DeLeon 1-for-3

Juan Bautista 5 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K…… Jhonny Polanco 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K….. Willy Paulino 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Player of the Game: Trevor Martin

 

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It was a slow night for the Baby Birds as Springfield was rained out and Palm Beach is on their All-Star Break. Peoria had enough excitement to cover the two teams that were off. The Chiefs trailed 9-5 heading into the top of the 9th. With one out and the bases loaded, Jeremy Schaffer crushed a home run to left to tie the game. Jordan Walton was then hit by a pitch and would advance on a wild pitch. Patrick Wisdom would single home Walton to give the Chiefs the lead for good.

In Albuquerque, the Redbirds were crushed by the Isotopes. A day after a drama filled game that saw 8 ejections, the Albuquerque manager was ejected again, this time in the first inning. Boone Whiting got lit up, allowing 6 earned runs in 4 innings. Oscar Taveras sat this one out. He seems to get a day off every third or fourth day. Not sure if its due to his ankle or what, but that is what I would guess.

Here are the results from Sunday’s action:

Memphis (35-36) 5, Albuquerque 12

A rough night for the Redbirds following Saturday’s crazy game which involved 8 ejections.When reading these pitching lines from Albuquerque, please remember that the stadium there is the most hitter friendly stadium in all of minor league baseball. Kolten Wong 3-for-4 with 2 R, double…… Jermaine Curtis 2-for-3….. Jamie Romak 2-for-4, HR(13), 2 R, RBI, Chad Huffman 1-for-4, RBI….. Greg Garcia 1-for-4, RBI

Boone Whiting (L, 4-2) 4 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K……. Eric Fornataro 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K….. Jorge Rondon 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K….. Victor Marte 1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Roster Move: Justin Christian was placed on the 7-day DL

Player of the Game: Jamie Romak

Peoria (38-29) 10, Cedar Rapids 9

The Chiefs ended the first half on a high note in dramatic fashion. They were trailing 9-5 going into the top of the ninth when Jeremy Schaffer hit a monster grand-slam and Patrick Wisdom would later follow with an RBI single. Breyvic Valera 1-for-4, R, RBI….. Ildemaro Vargas 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI….. Jeremy Schaffer 1-for-4, HR(4), R, 4 RBI….. Jordan Walton 1-for-4, 2 R….. Patrick Wisdom 2-for-4, R, double, RBI….. Nick Martini 1-for-5, RBI….. Jesus Montero 1-for-3, R, double….. Jimmy Parque 1-for-2, 2 R

Silfredo Garcia 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K….. Michael Aldrete 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K….. Robert Stock 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K….. Joe Donofrio (W, 4-0) 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K….. Dixon Llorens (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Roster Moves: The Chiefs placed Jacob Wilson and Charlie Tilson on the DL

Player of the Game:Jeremy Schaffer

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With the short-season teams of State College and Johnson City starting soon, I am going to be modifying the Farm Reports to just include lines of key players and a summary of the key events of the night.

The Baby Birds went 2-1 on Friday night. Ruben Gotay had a huge night with 2 home runs and 5 runs batted in. Patrick Wisdom has been heating up lately and hit his 10th home run on Friday. Wisdom is hitting .324 over his last 10 games and has pushed his season average to .222.  Luis Perez was promoted to Peoria early on Friday and provided immediate dividends for the Chiefs. Perez blasted a pinch hit 3-run home run in extra innings to add a cushion for the Chiefs victory. Brock Peterson hit his 13th home run for Memphis. Seth Blair hhad another solid start for Springfield.

Here are the results from Friday’s action:

Memphis (35-34) 2, Albuquerque 7

The Redbirds only managed 2 hits to go along with 2 runs. Brock Peterson hit his 13th home run in the 6th inning, a 2 run home run, The only other hit came from Kolten Wong, a single.

Scott McGregor (L, 1-4) allowed 5 run on 8 hits over 3 and 1/3 innings. He also walked 4 and struck out 2. Eric Fornataro allowed 2 run over 1 and 2/3 innings. Michael Blazek pitched 2 scoreless innings and Victor Marte pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

Player of the Game: Brock Peterson

Springfield (32-34) 8, NW Arkansas 4

Mike O’Neill – 3-for-4, 4 runs, a double….. Ruben Gotay – 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, 5 RBI’s and 2 runs scored…. Cody Stanley – 1-for-4, a double, 2 RBI’s…. James Ramsey 1-for-3

Seth Blair – 6 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K…. Kevin Thomas (W, 3-3) – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K…. Deryk Hooker – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Player of the Game: Ruben Gotay

Peoria (36-29) 6, Cedar Rapids 2

Breyvic Valera – 2-for-6….. lldemaro Vargas – 2-for-6….. Jordan Walton – 1-for-4, 2 runs, double…. Patrick Wisdom – 3-for-5, HR, RBI, R…. Nick Martini – 3-for-5, R, RBI…. Luis Perez – HR, 3 RBI, R

Joe Cuda – 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K….. Dixon LLorens (BS) – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K…. Joseph Scanio (W, 2-1) – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Player of the Game: Patrick Wisdom

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The Baby Birds went 1-4 on Thursday as Peoria was the only winner. Things got heated in the Peoria game as Jacob Wilson was hit in the head in the 9th and Thomas Lee retaliated by throwing behind a Clinton player in the bottom of the 9th. The benches cleared and there were a couple of ejections. Wilson was able to walk off on his own power and was tweeting after the game. Thursday’s action saw rough starts by Mitchell Boggs and Tim Cooney. David Popkins continues to excel, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

Here are the results from Thursday’s action:

New Orleans 7, Memphis (35-33) 0

After a strong offensive effort on Wednesday, the Memphis Redbirds struggled for only 4 hits on Thursday. Brock Peterson had 2 of the 4 hits including a double, he also walked. The other 2 hits were singles from Greg Garcia and Adron Chambers. Oscar Taveras had the day off for the Redbirds.

Mitchell Boggs started and struggled for 2 innings. Boggs allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits and issued 2 walks while striking out 2. Nick Additon was the piggy back starter and allowed 1 run over 4 innings with 6 strikeouts. Jorge Rondon pitched a scoreless inning and Marc Rzepczynski pitched 2 scoreless innings while striking out 3.

Player of the Game: Brock Peterson

Springfield (31-33) 1, NW Arkansas 8

The Springfield offense struggled in game one of the double-header. James Ramsey led the way for the Cardinals with 2 hits, including a triple, and a run scored. The lone RBI went to Ruben Gotay. The remaining Springfield hits came from Mike O’Neill, Chris Swauger, and Jake Lemmerman.

Tim Cooney was roughed up for the first time at the Double-A level. He allowed 7 earned runs on 11 hits over 3 and 2/3 innings. Travis Miller relieved Cooney and did not allow an earned run in 2 and 1/3 innings.

Player of the Game: James Ramsey

Springfield (31-34) 2, NW Arkansas 3

In game two, the Springfield offense was able to muster 10 hits but only scored 2 runs. Mike O’Neill, Ruben Gotay, and Vance Albitz each had 2 hits. Chris Swauger and Jake Lemmerman had the 2 RBI’s and O’Neill and Cody Stanley scored the 2 runs.

Jonathan Cornelius started game two and allowed 3 earned runs in 4 and 1/3 innings. Heath Wyatt relieved Cornelius and did not allow a run in 1 and 2/3 innings.

Player of the Game: Mike O’Neill

Dunedin 13, Palm Beach (28-37) 5

Three Beach Birds had 2 hits on Thursday as Stephen Piscotty, David Popkins, and Nick Longmire each were 2-for-4. Piscotty and Longmire scored a run while Popkins drove one in. The only Cardinal starter to not record a hit was catcher Juan Castillo. Ronny Gil had a double and 2 RBI’s.

The pitching staff struggled as starter Jay Voss and relievers Iden Nazario and Danny Miranda each allowed multiple earned runs. Voss allowed 6 in and inning and 2/3, Nazario allowed 4 in and inning and 2/3 and Miranda allowed 3 in 1 inning. Jacob Booden pitched 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings, while Brady Amadek didn’t allow a run in an inning and 1/3 and Zach Petrick did not allow a run over the last 2 innings.

Player of the Game: David Popkins

Peoria (35-29) 4, Clinton 0

The Chiefs shut out the LumberKings in a game that turned testy late. Jacob Wilson was hit in the head by a pitch in the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Thomas Lee threw behind a Clinton hitter and was ejected along with the Peoria manager Donn Bilardello. In the game, Ildemaro Vargas and Patrick Wisdom each had 2 hits, and Wisdom had 2 RBI’s. Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera each had an RBI as well.

Kyle Helisek threw 6 shutout innings only allowing 5 hits and striking out 8. Joe Donofrio pitched 2 scoreless innings. Thomas Lee hit his only batter before being ejected, and Robert Stock closed out the ninth with a scoreless inning and 2 strikeouts.

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John Nagel writes as the Prospect Preacher and is the owner of CardinalsFarm.com where he covers the Cardinals minor league system on a daily basis.

The Baby Birds had a successful night going 3-1 as Peoria lost in the bottom of the ninth. Top prospects were on display for Memphis as Carlos Martinez, Oscar Taveras, Ryan Jackson, and Kolten Wong each played big roles in the Memphis win. David Popkins and Colin Walsh have been part of the reason the Palm Beach Cardinals have made a huge turnaround. Jacob Wilson continues to have a really good season and seems to be slipping under the radar of a team that has some big name prospects on it.

Here are the results for Wednesday’s action:

New Orleans 3, Memphis (35-32) 9

The Memphis Redbirds offense did not have a hard time scoring on Wednesday. Rob Johnson led the way for the Redbirds with 3 hits, 2 doubles, 3 RBI’s, and a run scored. Justin Christian and Ryan Jackson also had 3 hits with Christian scoring twice. Kolten Wong, Oscar Taveras, and Brock Peterson had 2 hits and Jamie Romak drove in 2 runs. The offense pounded out 17 hits.

Carlos Martinez was solid for 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and striking out 5. Eric Fornataro allowed a run in an inning of work and Sam Freeman pitched 2 scoreless innings while striking out 4.

Player of the Game: Rob Johnson

Springfield (31-32) 9 NW Arkansas 5

The Springfield Cardinals offense was rolling as well on Wednesday. Jake Lemmerman led the way with 2 hits and 3 RBI’s. Cody Stanley also added 3 hits, a double, and an RBI. Ruben Gotay and Luis Mateo had 2 hits while Chris Swauger had 3 hits, a double, and an RBI. Mike O’Neill hit his 2nd home run of the season in the 8th, while James Ramsey hit his 3rd Double-A home run in the 4th. Ramsey’s was a 2-run home run.

Anthony Ferrara picked up his fifth win while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over 5 innings. Justin Wright went 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings while Heath Wyatt, Lee Stoppleman, and Jose Almarante each allowed a run in their relief appearances.

Player of the Game: Jake Lemmerman

Dunedin 3, Palm Beach (28-36) 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals become the first team to win three from the Blue Jays on the season. Jonathan Rodriguez and Stephen Piscotty provided a huge spark from the middle of the lineup. In the 3 spot, Piscotty went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and Rodriguez followed Piscotty going 2-for-3 with a double, his 4th home run, and 4 RBI’s. David Popkins extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Tyler Melling was outstanding for 7 innings. Melling allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 2. Ronnie SHaban pitched 2 scoreless innings for his 8th save and he also lowered his ERA to 1.05.

Player of the Game: Jonathan Rodriguez

Peoria (34-29) 2, Clinton 3

The Peoria Chiefs could not hold the lead in the 8th and would lose it in walk-off fashion in the 9th. Jacob Wilson, new to CardinalsFarm’s top 20 prospects this month, led they way with 3 hits including his 9th home run. Wilson also has 50 RBI, which is the most by a Chief in the first half since 2004. Jordan Walton, Ildemaro Vargas, and Jimmy Parque each added 3 hits as well.

Corey Jones was awesome again for Peoria. In 7 innings, Jones allowed 1 earned run on 6 hits and struck out 2. Michael Aldrete couldn’t hold the lead in the 8th allowing a run on 3 hits and walking 2. Dixon Llorens took the loss as he allowed a run in the 9th.

Player of the Game: Jacob Wilson

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The Baby Birds went 3-2 on Tuesday as Memphis swept a double-header from New Orleans and Palm Beach keeps winning. Oscar Taveras is getting back into the groove with 2 more hits and 2 RBI’s. Boone Whiting continues his solid pitching for Memphis throwing a 7 inning complete game in game 1. Anthony Garcia has missed his third straight game for Palm Beach. Not a good sign for someone who was on fire, and needed it. Ryan Sherriff and Silfredo Garcia had solid starts washed away by bullpen failures. Both Springfield and Peoria couldn’t hold the lead late.

Here are the results from Tuesday’s action:

New Orleans 2, Memphis (33-32) 9 – Game 1

The Redbirds’ schedule has been busy lately. On Monday they finished a suspended game and then played a regular game and on Tuesday, 2 7-inning games. In game 1, Rob Johnson and Chad Huffman each hit home runs. Huffman’s 6th was a solo shot and Johnson’s 7th was a 3-run shot. Oscar Taveras had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s. Greg Garcia also added 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.

Boone Whiting went the distance for the Redbirds allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6.

Player of the Game: Boone Whiting

New Orleans 4, Memphis (34-32) 5 – Game 2

The Redbirds finished off the sweep of the Zephyrs in walk off fashion. Travis Tartamella singled home Brock Peterson in the 7th to win it for Memphis. Jamie Romak hit his team leading 12th home run, a 2-run shot in the third. Justin Christian and Brock Peterson added 2 hits each as well.

Richard Castillo was the game 2 starter and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks over 5 and 1/3 innings. Castillo also struck out 4. Michael Blazek hit a rough patch allowing 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Victor Marte picked up his second win with a scoreless 7th prior to the walk-off.

Player of the Game: Jamie Romak

Springfield (30-32) 3, Tulsa 4

The Cardinals had the lead until the Drillers scored 3 times in the 8th to take the lead 4-3. The Cardinals had 10 hits and they were spread out as Audry Perez was the only regular not to get a hit. Mike O’Neill and Starlin Rodriguez each had 2 hits. Vance Albitz, Ruben Gotay, and pitcher Ryan Sherriff each had RBI’s.

Sherriff was solid and should have been the winner. In 7 innings, Sherriff allowed 2 runs on 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Kevin Thomas took the loss allowing 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Deryk Hooker allowed a Thomas run to score so Hooker is credited with a blown save.

Player of the Game: Ryan Sherriff

Dunedin 4, Palm Beach (27-36) 5

The Palm Beach Cardinals have now won 5 of 6 games. The top of the order led the way for Palm Beach as Colin Walsh was 3-for-5 with a run and RBI out of the lead-off spot. Alex Mejia was 2-for-4 with a run in the 2 hole and Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI in the 3rd spot. Nick Longmire also had a solid day going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Kyle Hald went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and issued 1 walk, while striking out 4. Brad Watson allowed a run over 3 innings and Danny Miranda pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Player of the Game: Colin Walsh

Peoria (34-28) 4, Clinton 6

The Chiefs, like Springfield, allowed a big number in the 8th. The Chiefs allowed 4 runs in the 8th to blow the lead and the game. Jeremy Schaffer had a huge game for Peoria. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, his 3rd already, and 2 runs and 2 RBI’s. Ildemaro Vargas, Jacob Wilson, and Jesus Montero had the other hits. Wilson and Nick Martini had the other RBI’s.

Silfredo Garcia was outstanding over 7 innings. Garcia allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 7. Sam Tuivailala allowed 3 runs in just 2/3 of an inning to take his second loss. Robert Stock also allowed a run in 1/3 of an inning. A tough loss, no doubt, for Peoria.

Player of the Game: Jeremy Schaffer

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1. Oscar Taveras (1) – .311, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 5 SB

Even thought Taveras was out a significant amount of time, there is no need to drop him. He is still, by far, the best Cardinals prospect. For me, there is some injury concern. I don’t think it was ineptitude that cause the Cards to not DL him for 3 weeks. I think they were sending him a message that he needed to get out there and fight through it. I believe Taveras has a lot of maturing to do, but he is still only 20.

2. Carlos Martinez (2) – 1-0, 1.57 ERA, 21 K, 23 IP

Martinez made 8 appearances for the big club before being sent down to be stretched out to start. I hope the Cardinals don’t regret not having him in the bullpen down the road as I think the rotation will stabilize. Why not keep Martinez in the pen for the remainder of this year and stretch him out next spring?

3. Michael Wacha (3) – 4-0, 2.05 ERA, 34 K. 52 IP

Wacha’s MLB debut was nothing short of spectacular, albeit against the Royals. I do believe the hype surrounding Wacha is out of control and probably needs to be brought down some. I believe at Wacha’s peak he will be a #2 or #3 starter. I think he fits in great behind Wainwright and Miller.

4. Kolten Wong (4) – .319, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 9 SB

So how does one win Minor League Player of the Month in May but move farther away from the major leagues? I believe that has happened to Wong with the all-star play of Matt Carpenter and the turn-around from David Freese. What happens to Wong? This is a very interesting situation for me.

5. Tyrell Jenkins (6) – 4-4, 4.74 ERA, 34 K, 49 IP

Jenkins appeared to have turned a corner in 2013 as he had a low 2 ERA for May. Jenkins has been up and down this year and needed some consistency. I think he found it in May, where he pitched a shutout and a 7 inning complete game. Jenkins is up a spot. June has not been as kind for Jenkins. On 6/11 he was placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness.

6. Carson Kelly (5) – .219, 2 HR, 13 RBI

Kelly falls a spot mostly because of the play of Tyrell Jenkins. Kelly, just 19, is one of the youngest players in the Midwest League. The power that we saw last year from Kelly has not arrived and that is OK. The competition is a lot harder this year. I expect things to start turning in his favor. Kelly was sent to State College on 6/11 to get regular playing time. This demotion does not affect his ranking.

7. Stephen Piscotty (7) – .269, 7 HR, 26 RBI

Piscotty got out of the gates quickly by hitting .348 and hitting 5 home runs in April. In May, he came back to earth hitting just .245. I believe Piscotty is ready for the next level even though his stats aren’t there as of late.

8. James Ramsey (8) – .275, 3 HR, 11 RBI

A successful move to Double-A kept Ramsey within the top 10. Ramsey is now playing in a more age appropriate league and has had success. Double-A is typically the hardest jump for a minor leaguer, and Ramsey has made a adjustment. Ramsey’s role in the future is a question.

9. Seth Maness (9) 2-2, 4.32, 18 K, 25 IP

Maness is a couple of days away from losing his prospect status but with the uncertainty of what will happen when Jake Westbrook returns, we will keep him on this list. Maness has been effective out of the major league bullpen, but I would like to see him go back to Triple-A and start again.

10. Patrick Wisdom (11) .210, 9 HR, 35 RBI

Like Piscotty, I think Wisdom is close to a level change. A concern I have with Wisdom is his strikeout rate. Wisdom has struck out 66 times in 60 innings. On the other side, the power is up. He only had 6 HR last year in 65 games, and already has 9 this year in 60 games.

11. Breyvic Valera (15) .326, 0 HR, 26 RBI, .374 RBI

Valera has continued to hit at the next level. Like Piscotty and Wisdom, I think Valera’s days in Peoria are limited. I would like him to get that on base percent higher if he is going to hit at the top of the order.

12. Anthony Garcia (10) .211, 9 HR, 31 RBI

Talk about a down and then up season. Garcia struggled for most of April and May. Since June 3rd, Garcia is hitting .393 with 5 HR, 10 RBI. Garcia was named Florida State League Player of the Week last week. This is great news for the Cardinals. Garcia has been the one prospect that has been struggling the most.

13. Charlie Tilson (13) .294, 2 HR, 17 RBI, .337 OBP

Tilson has turned things around as well. While he wasn’t struggling as much as Garcia, Tilson was just mediocre. Tilson hit .343 in May and has established himself as a top 20 prospect.

14. Ryan Jackson (14) .319, 3 HR, 20 RBI

While Jackson has cooled off a little, he still remains a top prospect. Jackson has the same issue as Wong, there is not a spot for him. While Pete Kozma hasn’t excelled as much as Matt Carpenter, I don’t see the Cardinals replacing him. Jackson is stuck for now.

15. Tim Cooney (16) 6-6 3.02 ERA, 60 K, 71 IP

Cooney has come on the top 20 map this year with his fast start at High-A Palm Beach. After 6 starts, Cooney was promoted to Double-A where he continued his solid pitching. Being a lefty does not hurt either, also the fact that he has walked 10 in 71 innings.

16. Lee Stoppelman (17) 2-1, 1.38 ERA, 38 K, 32 IP

Stoppelman has been on the exact same path as Tim Cooney. Stoppelman, also a lefty, is not the hardest thrower but can get guys out. I  was high on Stoppelman last year when his ERA was miniscule at Batavia. He is someone to watch, no doubt.

17. Starlin Rodriguez (18) .239, 5 HR, 22 RBI

Rodriguez has had somewhat of a tough time transitioning to the Double-A level. Rodriguez hit .300 at Palm Beach last year and is down to .239 at Double-A. The strikeouts haven’t been a problem as he has struck out 38 times in 43 innings.

18. Jacob Wilson (NR) .278, 8 HR, 49 RBI

Wilson has been a pleasant surprise for the Cardinals in 2013. a 10th round pick in 2012 out of the University of Memphis, Wilson is close to getting a promotion to Palm Beach. The move to second base hasn’t hurt either.

19. Colin Walsh (20) .253, 3 HR, 26 RBI

Since being inserted into the lead-off spot, Walsh has started hitting again. Walsh is a little old for High-A and needs a promotion to Double-A soon to stay on the top 20.

20a. Tyler Lyons (NR) 2-2, 3.51 ERA, 14 K, 25 IP

Depending on the Westbrook move, Lyons will not be on this list in July due to pitching too many innings. I think expectations are a little high for Lyons right now and could see a rough patch soon

20b. Kevin Siegrist (NR) 3 IP, 8 K, 0.00 ERA

I could copy and paste the Lyons description under Siegrist. I like what I have seen from Siegrist out of the pen, and I believe he has staying power.

Notables

I did not include any 2013 draft picks in the top 20 yet. If I had to, I think the only one that would appear would be Marco Gonzales, and he could appear in the top 10. If Oscar Mercado shows he can hit, he could appear in the top 20.

In July, we could see some big changes as Wacha, Lyons, Maness, and possibly Siegrist could lose their eligibility and graduate from the top 20 list.

Until next time…

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The Baby Birds officially went 2-3 on Monday. Memphis resumed a suspended game from April 10th which resulted in a very unusual scenario. Nick Greenwood was the pitcher of record in the suspended game and took the loss. Since that game, Greenwood has been transferred to Double-A Springfield and was also the pitcher of record for Springfield on Monday, where he took the loss. So, Greenwood officially took the loss in 2 games in one day.

In other news, the Palm Beach Cardinals keep winning. The Cards have won four of five and seemed to have figured out things. Kurt Heyer and Zach Petrick, two Peoria imports, played key roles in Monday’s win. The Peoria Chiefs were playing with heavy hearts on Monday as Mr. Peoria Baseball, Pete Vonachen, passed away early Monday morning. Mr. Vonachen had been involved with the Peoria minor league team since buying it in 1983. In the game, Hector Hernandez threw 7 strong innings and Patrick Wisdom had 2 hits. After the game, Carson Kelly was sent to a short season team, presumably State College, for regular playing time. This move allows both Wisdom and Kelly to play at their natural positions, third base.

Here are the results from Monday’s action:

New Orleans 7, Memphis (2-5) 2 – Game 1

Game 1 was the completion of a suspended game on April 10th. The Redbirds ended with 6 hits as Adron Chambers, Oscar Taveras, Ryan Jackson, J.R. Towles, Jermaine Curtis, and Kolten Wong each had a hit. J.R. Towles, who has since been released, hit his first home run of the season.

The pitching lines are really interesting as John Gast started the game, he is currently on the major league disabled list. Gast went 6 innings and allowed 4 hits, no runs, 1 walk, and struck out 5. Eduardo Sanchez, now in the Cubs organization, pitched 2 scoreless innings. Nick Greenwood, now at Double-A Springfield, allowed 5 runs in 1/3 of an inning and took the loss.

Player of the Game: John Gast

New Orleans 5, Memphis (32-31) 4

In the regularly scheduled game, the Redbirds scored a run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. Ryan Jackson and Justin Christian each had 2 hits, while Adron Chambers hit is 4th home run, Kolten Wong hit his 5th, and Brock Peterson hit his 12th. Peterson’s HR was a 2-run home run. Oscar Taveras went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

Maikel Cleto, in his return to Memphis, went 6 innings and allowed 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 walks, and struck out 7. Jorge Rondon allowed a run in 2 innings and Marc Rzepczynski closed out the game with a perfect ninth where he struck out the side.

Player of the Game: Brock Peterson

Springfield (30-31) 3, Tulsa 5

The Springfield Cardinals were led by infielder Ruben Gotay who had 3 hits on Monday. Luis Mateo also added 2 hits and a an RBI. Chris Swauger went 1-for-3 with an RBI as well. Mike O’Neill struggled out of the lead-off spot going 0-for-4 with a walk and James Ramsey was 1-for-5 with a double and run scored.

Nick Greenwood started and took his fourth loss, second of the day. Greenwood went 5 innings and allowed 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and struck out 1. Justin Wright allowed 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning in relief. Jose Almarante pitched a scoreless 1 and 1/3 innings and Lee Stoppelman closed it out with a scoreless 8th.

Player of the Game: Ruben Gotay

Dunedin 3, Palm Beach (26-36) 4

The Palm Beach Cardinals have won their 4th out of their past 5 games with the win over Dunedin. Jonathan Rodriguez led the way with 2 hits, 2 runs, and his 3rd home run in the second inning. Juan Castillo also had 2 hits. The other Palm Beach hits came from Alex Mejia, David Popkins, and Ronald Castillo.

Kurt Heyer picked up his first High-A win on Monday, going 5 and 1/3 innings and allowing 7 hits, 2 run, 1 walk, and struck out 2. Iden Nazario pitched 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Heyer. Zach Petrick picked up his first High-A save with 2 scoreless innings in relief.

Player of the Game: Jonathan Rodriguez

Quad Cities 1, Peoria (34-27) 5

In an emotional game due to the passing of a Peoria baseball icon, the Chiefs came out victorious. Patrick Wisdom led the way with 2 hits including a triple, a run scored, and an RBI. Breyvic Valera also had 2 hits and a run scored. The rest of the Chiefs starting line up had a hit and Jacob Wilson had 2 RBI’s. Jimmy Parque recorded his first hit for an affiliated professional team.

Hector Hernandez went 7 strong innings and allowed 7 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and struck out 6. Joe Scanio pitched a scoreless inning and 1/3 in relief and Robert Stock picked up his first save while recording 2 strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Hector Hernandez

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