Yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates went 2-1 with a rainout in memphis. Links to yesterday's games can be seen below along with the stat lines for the most prominent prospects in the system and some shorthand analysis. The stars of the night were Patrick Wisdom and Jacob Wilson.
AAA: Rained out, depriving us all of the magical Taveras, Grichuk, Piscotty combination. To make up for it I am providing the season stat lines for all three below.
Oscar Taveras – 44 PA, 2 HR, 7 R, 8 RBI, 6.8% BB Rate, 18.2% K Rate, .300 AVG, .364 OBP, .525 SLUG
Stephen Piscotty – 44 PA, 0 HR, 6 R, 8 RBI, 1 SB, 6.8% BB Rate, 13.6% K Rate, .375 AVG, .432 OBP, .450 SLUG
Randal Grichuk – 43 PA, 1 HR, 12 R, 7 RBI, 0 SO, 7.0% BB Rate, 20.9% K Rate, .300 AVG, .349 OBP, .475 SLUG
Notes: All three of the Memphis amigos are having good years, but as seen above Taveras is on top when it comes to power and on-base percentage. Piscotty had a better Spring Training, so it will be interesting to see who gets called up first should the big league club decide it needs some outfield. There is at least an argument to be made that the Memphis starting outfield is better than the outfield of some current Major League teams.
Notes: James Ramsey can be excused for having a bad day. Even with his 0-4 performance he still has an insane .410/.477/.846 stat line to start the season. The same goes for Diaz who has a .375/.382/.656 line after his bad night yesterday. Wisdom had a good night, but is behind the other two in prospect status and still only has a .265/.324/.353 line this year.
Notes: Charlie Tilson did his best to improve his .267 OBP last ngiht with a 2-for-5 line. Tilson is striking out too much this year (22.2% K Rate). The speedster needs to get on the bases more if he wants to provide value as a leadoff man. Jacob Wilson continues to get on base (.391 OBP in 2014) but the power has mysteriously evaporated in (.375 SLUG in 2014 compared to .468 in 2013). Wilson's lack of power could be attributed to the pitcher friendly ballpark and small sample size.
- Carson Kelly - 4 PA, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
- Kenneth People-Walls - 5 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
- CJ McElroy - 4 PA, 3 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K
- Mason Katz - 4 PA, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
- Alex Reyes - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
Notes: It may be time to start getting excited about Carson Kelly. The former first round choice who is third baseman turned catcher is only 19 years old. In his short stint in Peoria this year he has a .296/.387/.519 stat line with a great 9.7% BB Rate/12.9% K Rate. Then there is 19 year old Alex Reyes, who has created excitement early this year with his stuff and strikouts, and anxiety with his walks. With his five walks yesterday Reyes has now walked 12 batters in just 8 innings pitched while striking out 11. The young hurler can get away with such shenanigans in low-A ball where his mid-90's fastball and power curve allows him to escape jams, but it will catch up to him eventually. Reyes has a 1.23 ERA, but 5.00 FIP.