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St. Louis Cardinals prospects report: Aledmys Diaz and Piscotty have good days

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Yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates went 2-2 with most offenses struggling to perform and some standout pitching performances. 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 Stephen Piscotty, Tyler Lyons, Aledmys Diaz, and Cory Jones.

AAA: Memphis Redbirds 3, Iowa Cubs 4

  • Oscar Taveras – 1 PA, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Stephen Piscotty – 4 PA, 1 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Randal Grichuk – 4 PA, 1 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Tyler Lyons - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Lee Stoppelman - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Notes: Stephen Piscotty raised his early season average to .364 with his 2-for-4 performance last night. It will be interesting to see which of the Piscotty/Grichuk/Taveras trio gets called up first should the the big league club be in the need of another outfielder via injury, etc. Tyler Lyons opened the season up with a quality start. Lyons did well in his initial callup with Cardinals last year before faltering in his last few starts and ending with a 4.75 ERA. In AAA last year Lyons had a 3.32 ERA over 100.1 IP. He and Tim Cooney are fighting for the right to be the next lefthander called up should the need arise.

AA: Springfield Cardinals 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 3

  • James Ramsey – 1 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Patrick Wisdom – 4 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Aledmys Diaz – 5 PA, 1 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Notes: Patrick Wisdom had a disappointing day mostly because of the three strikeouts. Wisdom had a 22.5% k rate in high-A ball last year and a 27.0% strikeout rate in middle-A. Those negative numbers are hard to overcome, even with Wisdom's power. The highlight of the night was Diaz, who played DH as he goes through conditioning drills to prepare for field play. Though not being allowed to play his premier position of shortstop yet, Diaz put up good numbers from the batter's box.

High A: Palm Beach Cardinals 1, St. Lucie Mets 0

  • Charlie Tilson – 4 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Jacob Wilson – 4 PA, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Cory Jones - 4.1, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Notes: Pitching dominated in Palm Beach last night, even humbling Jacob Wilson who still has a .412 average after his 0-for-4 day. Cory Jones is a fifth round draft choice from the 2012 draft who has a fastball in the high-90's but what was said to be an "inconsistent breaking ball." Last year he had a 2.04 ERA over 66.1 IP in single-A Peoria with 7.06 K/9 IP. Any prospect with a high-90's fastball is worth talking about, and Jones began his high-A career well last night.

A: Peoria Chiefs 1, Wisconsin Timbler Rattlers 3

  • Carson Kelly - DNP
  • Kenneth People-Walls - 3 PA, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
  • CJ McElroy - 3 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Mason Katz - 3 PA, 1, R, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Notes: Katz is a fourth round draft choice from the 2013 draft. When drafted the book on Katz was that he could hit but that he lacked the defensive ability to play in the infield. He committed 8 errors in 219 chances at second base last year and has commited one error in 20 chances this year at the same position. Katz had a .345 OBP and .355 SLUG at State College last year, and will need to hit more to move up this year.

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