Sunday Edition (4/22/18)
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Note: I am in St. Louis today for the Cardinals/Reds game. As a blogger, about 30 of us have been invited by the Cardinals to hear from owner Bill DeWitt and President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. After they are done, we will be allowed to ask them questions. It is likely we will hear from someone on the development of Phase 2 of Ballpark Village and then we hear from the chef of the Cardinals. He will tell us about the new foods being offered and then hope we write about it. We will be in an all-inclusive suite to eat and converse for the game. I believe this is the 7th year the Cardinal have been gracious enough to do this.
CARDINALS vs REDS
The Cardinals are attempting to beat the Cincinnati Reds for the 6th time this season. Paul DeJong got the scoring started with a two-run homer for the Cardinals. Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run in the 6th inning on Dexter Fowler Bobblehead Day. Yadier Molina hit a solo homer to put the Cardinals ahead and it proved to be the game-winning RBI.
Carlos Martinez pitched six innings and went six innings and allowed three hits and no runs while walking three and striking out seven Cincinnati batters. Luke Gregerson replaced him and got two out and allowed a hit. Manager Mike Matheny took him out in favor of Tyler Lyons who didn’t anyone out before the game was tied 3-3.
Wow, Jordan Hicks was something! Came in and go the final out in the 7th inning. Moved to the 8th and hit a batter but got out of it. In the 9th, he buckled down as the Reds loaded the bases with one out. Then it was double play time to end it with a win! Hicks picked up his first major league win.
MINOR LEAGUE RESULTS
Memphis defeated Iowa 8-4 on Saturday and all eight starters for the Redbirds each got at least one hit. Max Schrock had two hits with both being doubles and Luke Voit drove in two runs on two hits. Adolis Garcia and Patrick Wisdom each contributed two hits of the 12-hit attack.
John Gant got the start and went five innings allowing eight hits and three earned runs. He also walked three and fanned five before giving way to Kevin Herget. He allowed one run in the game. Edward Mujica, Mike Mayers each were unscored upon. Mayers work the final two innings of the game. The Redbirds will send Daniel Hudson (3-0, 3.86 ERA) to the hill for a 1:08 PM first pitch in Iowa on Sunday.
Springfield had their game with Northwest Arkansas postponed.
Palm Beach lost 5-2 to Port Charlotte on Saturday. The offense only mustered eight hit in the contest. Andy Young went 3-for-4 and Shane Billings had two hits.
Ian Oxnevad took the loss as he allowed five runs and eight hit in 5.1 innings of work. Ian McKinney, Will Latcham, and Yeison Medina allowed no runs in their work to finish the game. The next game will be 11:15 AM with Port Charlotte as Anthony Shew (1-0, 0.51 ERA) will get the start.
Peoria won 7-1 over Wisconsin as Bryce Denton had one hit but it was a grand slam in the game. Elehuris Montero had three hits and 2 runs batted in. Jonatan Machado and Dylan Carlson each had a hit.
Evan Guillory was the starter and picked up the win as he went 6 innings and allowed five hits and one earned run. Also, he walked none and fanned seven. Zach Pendergrast relieved and had three scoreless innings and struck out even batters. Alvaro Sejias will be the starter on Sunday for the 5 PM start in Peoria.
TOP 30 PROSPECTS
1. Alex Reyes RHP — (MLB) — DL
2. Jack Flaherty RHP — (AAA)
3. Carson Kelly C — (AAA) 1-for-5 2RBI’s
4. Tyler O’Neill OF — (MLB) 0-for-1
5. Harrison Bader, OF — (MLB) 1-for-2
6. Dakota Hudson, RHP — (AAA)
7. Jordan Hicks, RHP — (MLB) 2.1IP/)H/0ER/2BB/0K WP 1-0
8. Ryan Helsley, RHP — (AA)
9. Andrew Knizner, C — (AA)
10. Max Schrock, 2B — (AAA) 2-for-5 2 doubles
11. Randy Arozarena, OF/2B — (AAA) 1-for-4
12. Yairo Munoz, SS — (AAA)
13. Oscar Mercado, OF –(AAA) 1-for 5
14. Austin Gomber, LHP — (AAA)
15. Junior Fernandez, RHP — (A)
16. Edmundo Sosa, SS –(AA)
17. Jonathan Machado, OF — (A) 1-for-5
18. Dylan Carlson, OF — (A) 1-for-3
19. Wadye Ynfante, OF — Extended spring training
20. Alvaro Seijas, RHP — (A)
21. Conner Greene, RHP — (AA)
22. Jake Woodford, RHP — (AA)
23. Connor Jones, RHP — (AAA)
24. Johan Oviedo, RHP — (A)
25. Delvin Perez, SS — Extended spring training
26. Tommy Edman, SS — (AA)
27. Zach Jackson, C — Extended spring training
28. Derian Gonzalez, RHP — (AA)
29. Ryan Sherriff, LHP — (MLB) — DL
30. Casey Meisner, RHP — (AA)
Bryce Denton 1-for-4 with a Grand Slam
Shane Billings 2-for-4
Andy Young 3-for-4
Zach Pendergrast 3IP/0H/0ER/0BB-5K
Patrick Wisdom 2-for-5 1 RBI
Adolis Garcia 2-for-5
Luke Voit 2-for-4 2 RBI’s
John Nogowski was drafted by the Athletics in the 34th round in 2014 out of Florida State University. They sent him to the minor leagues and in his second season batted .273 in Double-A baseball. That offseason they released him. He says he was stunned by this and felt everything was going well.
In 2017, he began playing in the Independent League for the Sioux City Explorers. He was doing well enough to be signed by the Cardinals on June 16, 2017.They sent to first baseman/outfielder to Springfield in midseason and he batted .295 in 59 games with 12 doubles, 12 RBI’s, 27 walks and fanned 25 times.
After the season, the Cardinals placed him in the Arizona Fall League to get some repetitions and recognition. He played for the Surprise Saguaros and was just mediocre for them.
At 25 years old, 6’2″ and 210 lbs. he is a mainstay for the Springfield Cardinals in 2018 and has already had a grand slam home run.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Let’s look at the Top 10 Prospects in baseball from time to time.
#1- Ronald Acuna (Gwinnett AAA for Atlanta) 9-for-50 .180
#2 Eloy Jimenez (Birmingham AA for White Sox) 0-for-7 .000
#3 Victor Robles (Syracuse AA for Nationals) 5-for-13 .385
#4 Shoei Ohtani (Major Leagues for Angels) 13-for-38 .382
#5 Kyle Tucker (Fresno AAA for Dodgers) 16-for-62 .258
#6 Austin Hays (Bowie AA for Baltimore) 12-for-55 .218
#7 Lewis Brinson (Major Leagues for Marlins) 10-for-62 .152
#8 Luis Robert (DL for White Sox) DNP
#9 Juan Soto (Hagerstown A for Nationals) 19-for-50 .380
#10 Alex Verdugo (Oklahoma City AAA for Dodgers) 18-for-57 .318
“It’s hard to beat a person that never give up.” – Babe Ruth
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