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St. Louis Cardinals prospect report: Opening Day for minor league teams

Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homerun for the Memphis Redbirds.
Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals organization opened up its minor league season with three wins and one loss. Below is the stat line for the top prospects in the Cardinals organizations, along with some accompanying notes.

AAA: Memphis 10, Peoria 2

  • Oscar Taveras – 5 PA, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Stephen Piscotty – 5 PA, 2 R, 1H, 1 RBO, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • Randal Grichuk – 5 PA, 3 R, 3 H, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 2B, 1 HR
  • Lee Stoppelman – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Notes: Simply having Oscar Taveras on the field is a good thing after an injury-plagued Spring Training. The star of the day was clearly Grichuk, who displayed his impressive power in the opener. One wonders whether Memphis starting outfield would be better than the starting outfield of a few Major League teams at this point.

Stoppelman provided a nice relief appearance and if the Major League bullpen continues to struggle he may get a call up sooner rather than later.

AA: Springfield 4, San Antonio 7

  • James Ramsey – 5 PA, 1 R, 2 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Patrick Wisdom – 4 PA, 1 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Aledmys Diaz – 1 PA, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Notes: Both James Ramsey and Patrick Wisdom have power, but the concern going into this year was their high strikeout rates. Yesterday did nothing to alleviate those concerns.

High A: Palm Beach 5, St. Lucie 4

  • Charlie Tilson – 5 PA, 1 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
  • Jacob Wilson – 4 PA, 1 R, 3 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Notes: Charlie Tilson is a prospect with elite speed who could rise quickly with a good year. Wilson showed offensive promise last year and followed that up with a good performance last night.

A: Peoria 8, Wisconsin 4

  • Carson Kelly – 5 PA, 1 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Kenneth People-Walls – 5 PA, 0 R, 2 H, 1 RBO, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Jimmy Reed – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Notes: Kelly is another potential riser in the system who is making the adjustment to catcher this year. Reed is 165 pound lefthander who was drafted in the sixth round last year. He had a 2.05 ERA over 52.2 IP last year and started off 2014 in the right way as well.