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Cardinals Minors Report: Alcantara dominates out of the bullpen

Cardinals minors report for games happening Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 

Springfield 1, NW Arkansas 5

Pedro Echemendia (L, 1-4): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Jacob Evans: 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Andrew Morales: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K

Sandy Alcantara: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Magneuris Sierra – LF: 0-for-2, 2 BB, R

Jacob Wilson – 3B: 1-for-4

Tommy Edman – SS: 1-for-2, BB

On the latest episode of Prospect To Be Named Later, we were asked if Sandy Alcantara was ready for a bullpen role in the majors now that Rosenthal will miss the rest of this season (and at least most of next) with Tommy John surgery. Kyle and I agreed that Sandy still has work to do in Double-A. In fact, we agreed that he should have started the season in Palm Beach and been promoted in June. Nevertheless, Alcantara looked really good out of the Springfield bullpen last night, but still only threw 16 out of 29 pitches for strikes. Command, specifically of his breaking ball and changeup, continue to elude Alcantara and he needs to show improvement in that area before he’s ready for the next stage in his development.

Palm Beach 4, Jupiter 2

Sam Tewes (W, 2-1): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 K

Hector Mendoza: 0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER

Brady Bowen: 1.1 IP, 1 K

Eric Carter (S, 4): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Jose Martinez – SS: 2-for-4, 2 R

Thomas Spitz – RF: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Andy Young – 2B: 1-for-3, RBI

Sam Tewes has improved as his first season of pro ball while simultaneously recovering from Tommy John. In seven starts for State College of the New York Penn League, Tewes went 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA, .300 BAA, and a miniscule 4.9 BB%. He’s improved on all of those at High-A Palm Beach, where’ he’s 2-1 in eight outings (four starts) with a 3.00 ERA, .262 BAA, and a 3.7 BB%. Tewes was projected to go in the first five rounds of the 2016 draft but elbow surgery pushed him to the eighth round, and if he can return to pre-TJ form, the Cardinals may have a real asset on their hands.

Peoria 2, Wisconsin 0

Anthony Shew (W, 3-0): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Leland Tilley: 2 IP, 2 K

Yeison Medina (S, 8): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Nick Plummer – CF: 1-for-4, 3B, BB

Kramer Robertson – SS: 1-for-4, RBI, R

Brian O’Keefe – C: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Matt Fiedler – LF: 2-for-4, 2B

Peoria has stuck Nick Plummer in the leadoff spot to take advantage of his .347 OBP, but don’t let that fool you: 2017 has been a disappointing year for Plummer. He’s managed only 14 extra-base hits in roughly 300 plate appearances, and his SLG is significantly lower than his OBP (.290). Plummer just turned 21 at the end of July, so there’s obviously still time for him to rebound from an extraordinarily slow start to his career for a first-round pick. Keep in mind that he lost all of 2016 to injury, so this is in effect his first full year in the system, and was assigned to a full-season level. I expect him to start 2018 in Peoria and if he doesn’t earn a promotion by midseason, the b-word might be the best description of the 2105 first-round pick.

State College 4, West Virginia 6

Daniel Castano (L, 7-3): 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

Will Latcham: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Noel Gonzelez: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K

Wood Myers – SS: 1-for-5

Dennis Ortega – C: 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Edwin Figuera – 3B: 2-for-4, RBI

The 19-year-old Edwin Figuera has had a decent season at State College at the plate (.268/.319/.346) while looking really athletic at shortstop. He’s been the everyday shorstop for State College despite playing third yesterday. He’s only walked five times in 158 plate appearances, and to make it as a glove-first player he’ll have to show better plate discipline, but Figuera is an under the radar guy to pay attention to at the low levels.

Johnson City 1, Greeneville  4

Alvaro Seijas (L, 4-2): 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Will Changarotty: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Irving Lopez – 2B: 1-for-4, 2B

Chase Pinder – CF: 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Brady Whalen – 3B: 1-for-4

Imeldo Diaz – SS: 1-for-4

Kyle named Seijas the most exciting pitching prospect at Johnson City on the podcast last week. Seijas hasn’t had the best run at Johnson City (4-2, 4.87 ERA over 57 1/3 innings) but at the short-season level it much more about projectability than pure performance. The same lesson can be applied to Delvin Perez, who will miss the rest of the season with a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. It’s unlikely we’ll hear anything about Delvin before June of 2018. I would be shocked if he cracked a full-season squad considering his immense struggles this season.

Thanks for reading.

Colin Garner

Colin Garner
Colin is a catcher at Drury University who's a big fan of pitch calling, bullpenning, and Game of Thrones. Gets very frustrated with nonsense from people around him while attending games.
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