Please enjoy the reading! (Saturday, April 14th games)
The Cardinals won the first 3 games of a 4 game series in Cincinnati on Saturday. Manager Mike Matheny decided to give a few of the regulars the day off. The big blasts came from the bat of Greg Garcia who hit two home runs in the game and drove in three runs. It was his first career two home run game and first ever against a lefthanded pitcher. Tommy Pham had three hits and drove in one run and Jose Martinez got one RBI. Harrison Bader was 1-for-3 and Yairo Munoz went hitless in four tries.
Miles Mikolas had control of the game from the mound as he pitched seven innings and allowed 4 hits and one run. Greg Holland pitched a scoreless inning in relief and Jordan Hicks finished the game by allowing two hits but walked one and fanned one to provide a scoreless ninth inning.
The final game of the series will be Sunday with Carlos Martinez getting the start and facing Homer Bailey of the Reds. One final note, Marcell Ozuna’s 12 game hit streak ended on Saturday as he went 0-for-3.
Daniel Poncedeleon struck out 12 batters in his five innings of work and allowed one run and five hits to get his first victory of the season. Kevin Herget, Derian Gonzalez and Preston Guilmet each pitched scoreless innings. The Cardinals only managed six hits and all of them were singles as the Iowa Cubs committed two errors. Oscar Mercado was 3-for-4 and scored two runs and Patrick Wisdom got one hit in four at-bats along with Randy Arozarena, Max Schrock, and Rangel Ravelo.
The Redbirds played a doubleheader on Saturday. In game one, Springfield defeated Midland 5-0 behind strong pitching from Conner Greene (1-1). He pitched six innings and allowed one hit, no earned runs while walking one and fanning three batters. He is credited with a game score of 80. Landon Beck finished the game by allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three RockHounds batters in one inning on the mound.
Game two was a different story as the Redbirds lost 4-3. The Redbirds managed only 3 hits in the game a Lane Thomas got one with a home run and 2 RBI’s and Chris Chinea added a double along with a Victor Roache single. Sam Tewes tossed 4.2 innings, allowing six hits and three runs. Brady Bowen pitched two innings and surrendered a run while Chris Ellis finished the game.
Palm Beach High-A
The PB Cardinals scored a run in the 9th to tie the game with Florida Fire Frogs and then according to the extra-inning rule put Kramer Roberson at second to start and bunted him over. Then Florida’s reliever threw a wild pitch for Robertson to score the winning run. Palm Beach only managed six hits in the 6-5 win as Stefan Trosclair had two runs batted in, Andy Young homered in two runs and Jose Godoy had two hits and an RBI. Austin Warner started the game with 3IP/8H/5ER/0BB/1K. Colton Thomson, Yeison Medina, and Will Latcham finished the game allowing no runs. Latcham got his first victory of the season.
The Chiefs tried waiting out the rain but it couldn’t do it and now they will play two games on Sunday in a doubleheader (forecast isn’t good tomorrow, either).
Top 30 Prospects Peek
1. Alex Reyes RHP — (MLB) — DL
2. Jack Flaherty RHP — (AAA)
3. Carson Kelly C — (AAA) 0-for-4
4. Tyler O’Neill OF — (AAA) 1-for-4 3K
5. Harrison Bader, OF — (MLB) 1-for-3
6. Dakota Hudson, RHP — (AAA)
7. Jordan Hicks, RHP — (MLB) 1IP/2H/0ER/1BB/1K
8. Ryan Helsley, RHP — (AA)
9. Andrew Knizner, C — (AA)
10. Max Schrock, 2B — (AAA) 1-for-3
11. Randy Arozarena, OF/2B — (AA) 1-for-4
12. Yairo Munoz, SS — (MLB) 0-for-4
13. Oscar Mercado, OF –(AAA) 3-for-4
14. Austin Gomber, LHP — (AAA)
15. Junior Fernandez, RHP — (A)
16. Edmundo Sosa, SS –(AA)
17. Jonathan Machado, OF — (A)
18. Dylan Carlson, OF — (A)
19. Wadye Ynfante, OF — Extended spring training
20. Alvaro Seijas, RHP — (A)
21. Conner Greene, RHP — (AA) 6IP/1H/0ER/1BB/8K
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) 1-for-3 HR 2RBI’s
27. Zach Jackson, C — Extended spring training
28. Derian Gonzalez, RHP — (AA) 1IP/0H/0ER/0BB/1K
29. Ryan Sherriff, LHP — (MLB) — DL
30. Casey Meisner, RHP — (AA)
Sunday- John Gant is the starter for a 2:05 start AutoZone Park vs, Iowa.
Monday- It is an 11:05 am start with Daniel Hudson getting the start vs Iowa.
Tuesday- TBA @ Omaha with 6:35 PM first pitch.
Sunday- Home game at 4:10 with Sam Tewes (something wrong as he pitched in relief last night so this is likely to change) on the mound vs Frisco.
Monday- Connor Jones is the starter for 11:10 game vs Frisco.
Tuesday- Jake Woodford for the 11:10 start with Frisco.
Sunday- This is a 1 PM start for Evan Kruczynski facing the Florida Fire Frogs.
Sunday- Prospect Alvaro Seijas starts one of the games (first game at noon) in the doubleheader vs. Wisconsin. The other starter hasn’t been named.
Tuesday- This is a 6:30 game at Quad Cities with Winston Nicasio starting.
State College- starts June 15
Johnson City- starts June 19
Cardinals Prospect #26– Today we look at Tommy Edman. He is currently playing in AA for the Springfield Cardinals. He was drafted in the 6th round (196th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016 (signed for $236,400).
Currently, he has 27 at-bats and is hitting .407 and has a .433 on-base-percentage. He is slugging .481 with no home runs. In his career, he is a .264 hitter.
He can play second base, third base but is primarily a shortstop.
My Thoughts; I see Edman making it to the major leagues because he is a switch hitter that is better known for his glove. He can really turn the plays at shortstop. The Cardinals like having those bench players that have a strong glove first. He has the mold of Daniel Descalso or a better hitting Pete Kozma. Maybe 2020 but likely 2021.