Yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates went 3-0 with a display of power by Oscar Taveras and fine pitching performances by all the starting pitchers.
AAA: Memphis 9, Peoria 0
- Oscar Taveras – 5 PA, 1R, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K
- Stephen Piscotty – 4 PA, 1, R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
- Randal Grichuk – 5 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2K
Notes: Oscar Taveras hits the first of what is hopefully many home runs this year. Piscotty and Grichuk have ho-hum performances, but it is early. The star of the night was second baseman Greg Garcia (5 PA, 2 R, 2 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB) who, unfortunately for him, is now blocked by Kolten Wong and Johnny Peralta. Angel Catro was the starter (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) who put in a quality performance, but at age 32 he is not a prospect. With his performance Castro did improve his chances of getting called up to help out the Cardinals struggling bullpen.
- James Ramsey – 4 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
- Patrick Wisdom – 3 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K (Committed his second error of the young season)
- Aledmys Diaz – 1 PA, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
- Zach Petrick - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Notes: Despite scouting reports which had him as an excellent fielder at third base Patrick Wisdom has two errors in two games this year. Last year Wisdom had 19 errors and a .921 fielding percentage, which suggests his struggles are not limited to this year. The standout was Zach Petrick. Last year Petrick had a sub 1.00 ERA in single-A before getting promoted to AA and sporting a 3.99 ERA over 47.1 IP. He is a bit old for his level (24), but his strikeout rate (8.37 K/9) and relatively low walk rate (hovers around 1.75/9) suggests he has potential.
High A: Palm Beach 6, St. Lucie 2
- Charlie Tilson – 5 PA, 0 R, 2 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K
- Jacob Wilson – 5 PA, 1 R, 2 H, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K
- Joe Cuda - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- Robert Stock - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Notes: Charlie Tilson and Jacob Wilson both display some good offense in the second game of the season, even if it was devoid of power. They are the two prospects with the most potential in this group. Cuda has a lot of things working against him including his age (24 at single-A) and his height of 5'9". However, last year Cuda put up a respectable 3.31 ERA with 106 K over 114.1 IP, so he is clearly doing something right. Stock is a former first round pick catcher who was converted to a pitcher in 2012 after he could not hit. He has had a high strikeout rate throughout his career, but struggled with an unacceptable high BB rate which is above 5.0/9IP. Yesterday did nothing to dispell the concerns about Stock's control, and this is likely a make or break year for him.
A: Peoria was rained out.