Yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates went 0-2 with two of the single-A affiliates having an off day. Stephen Piscotty and James Ramsey continued their hot starts to the season with the standout performances of the day. Links to yesterday's games along with some analysis can be seen below.
Oscar Taveras – 4 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
Stephen Piscotty – 4 PA, 0 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Randal Grichuk – 4 PA, 1 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K
Notes: Stephen Piscotty is now hitting .400 with his 2-for-4 performance last night. Piscotty might have emerged as the favorite to be called up to the big leagues after putting up solid numbers in AA last year and then having an outstanding Spring Training this year. Piscotty was drafted in the first round (36th overall) in the 2012 draft as part of the compensation for the loss of Albert Pujols. At the time he was drafted Piscotty was billed as perhaps the most advanced hitter in the draft with a solid approach to all fields and good command of the strike zone. Since he was drafted Piscotty has only served to confirm those reports. Oscar Taveras certainly has a higher ceiling, and Randal Grichuk has more power, but Piscotty may have the highest floor of them all.
James Ramsey – 5 PA, 1 R, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Patrick Wisdom – 4 PA, 1 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Aledmys Diaz – 4 PA, 0 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K
Notes: James Ramsey hit his first home run of the year and managed to raise his season average to .467 in the process. The problem for Ramsey is that he could hit .500 this year and still be blocked if the trio of Grichuk, Piscotty, and Taveras remain in Memphis. Patrick Wisdom has an early season average fo .375 with his two hits yesterday. Almedys Diaz was one the one bad note. His three strikeouts are a bad sign, but it is worth remembering that Diaz had not played professional baseball for 18 months before signing with the club this spring.
High A: Did Not Play
A: Did Not Play