Cardinals minors report for games happening Friday, August 18, 2017.
Memphis 7, Nashville 8
Matt Pearce (L, 3-2): 7 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 6 K
Josh Zeid: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Breyvic Valera – DH: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
Stephen Piscotty – RF: 0-for-4, BB
Rangel Ravelo – 1B: 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
Patrick Wisdom – 3B: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
The Memphis Redbirds’ season, summed up in one tweet:
Memphis loses its first series since April 18-21.
The homestand continues tomorrow night at 6:35 with the first of four vs. New Orleans! pic.twitter.com/IorBOwTGP3
— Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) August 19, 2017
Springfield 4, Corpus Christi 7
Chris Ellis (L, 5-7): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Andrew Morales: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Rowan Wick: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Magneuris Sierra – CF: 1-for-3, 2B, R
Tommy Edman – SS: 1-for-4, RBI
Jose Adolis Garcia – RF: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
Springfield matched up against the Astros number three prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Franklin Perez. Perez showed a fastball that could reach 97 as well as a good curve and change. I won’t bore you with an extensive breakdown on him because this isn’t an Astro’s site, but only one player took consistently good at-bats against him: Jose Adolis Garcia. He worked a 3-2 count before walking in his first at-bat, then laid off some nasty changeups before yanking a 3-2 changeup over the 315′ sign in left field. He walked again in his third at-bat against Perez.
Springfield starter Chris Ellis showed good stuff through five innings before allowing six runs on five hits in the sixth, in part because of a grand slam allowed by Andrew Morales immediately after Ellis was removed. Magneuris Sierra made one of the best plays in center field late in the game to rob Kyle Tucker. It wasn’t as good as Edmonds’ catch in Kansas City, but about as close as you’ll see. There was so much to talk about in this game I can’t fit it all here, but hopefully, we can cover it in a live Prospect To Be Named Later, which we plan to record during the Springfield game Saturday night.
Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1
Jake Woodford (W, 7-6): 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Dailyn Martinez (S, 4): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB
Chris Chinea – DH: 2-for-4, R
Leobaldo Pina – 3B: 1-for-3, RBI
Blake Drake – CF: 3-for-4, RBI
Luke Dykstra – 2B: 1-for-4
Jake Woodford had arguably his best start of the season on Friday. His eight innings were a season high and the deepest he’s gone into a game since going seven innings on June 4 against Fort Myers. He doesn’t strike many guys out (which is a definite concern), but he’s aided by a healthy groundball rate (46.0%) and the fact that the Florida State League. Next season, when he’ll presumably be at Double-A, will be a telling one for Woodford as we will find out whether or not his weak-contact inducing repertoire will translate to a more advanced, hitter-friendly league.
Peoria 2, Clinton 1
Anthony Shew (W, 2-0): 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 11 K
Leland Tilley (S, 1): 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Mick Fennel – LF: 1-for-3, BB
Kramer Robertson – SS: 1-for-3, 2B, BB
Ryan McCarvel – C: 1-for-4, 2B
Dylan Carlson – RF: 1-for-3, 2B, BB
It’s interesting to see how a player responds to struggles that can come with a promotion. This season, we’ve seen Andrew Knizner and Tommy Edman make the necessary adjustments after being promoted from Palm Beach to Springfield, and Jack Flaherty do the same at Memphis. After a solid run through the New York Penn League, Anthony Shew was thoroughly mediocre for Peoria this season after being signed to a minor league contract in 2016. Minor league free-agents rarely make it to the big leagues, so it’s quite possible Shew’s dominant start on Friday was a fluke. If that’s all it is, then at least it’s a pleasant one.
State College 5, West Virginia 2 (15)
Daniel Castano: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 5 K
Levi MaVorhis: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Noel Gonzelez: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K
Robbie Gordon (W, 1-5): 2 IP, 2 BB, 4 K
Scott Hurst – CF: 2-for-7, HR, 3 RBI
Bryce Denton – LF: 3-for-6
Scott Hurst’s third homer of the year was a three-run shot in the 15th inning to give State College the win. Bryce Denton’s three-hit night continued his strong finish to the season.
Johnson City 10, Bluefield 5
Zach Prendergast (W, 3-0): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Paul Salazar: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 K
Will Changarotty: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Brett Seeburger: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Irving Lopez – 2B: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Chase Pinder – CF: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R
Alexis Wilson – C: 2-for-4. 2 2B, 4 RBI
Carlos Rodriguez – 1B: 2-for-5
Irving Lopez and Chase Pinder’s success shouldn’t be dismissed, but take it with a grain of salt. Both played at elite colleges as far as baseball goes, and the Appy League might actually be a step below where they were in college. We talked extensively about them on Prospect To Be Named Later.
GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Nationals 9
Derian Gonzalez: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Brian Pirela (L, 3-4): 3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Patrick Dayton: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Jonathan Machado – CF: 1-for-2, 2B
Edmundo Sosa – DH: 2-for-3, HR
Elehuris Montero – 3B: 2-for-3, BB
Dariel Gomez – 1B: 2-for-3, HR, BB
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