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
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
Player of the Game: Nick Longmire
Peoria (38-30) 1, Beloit 5
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
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
Player of the Game: Brett Wiley