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Cardinals Minors Report: Alex Mejia Raking, Ryan Helsley Debuts,

Cardinals minors report for games happening Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Memphis 5, Reno 10

Matt Pearce (L, 1-1): 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Mike Mayers: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K

Miguel Socolovich: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER

Arturo Reyes: 1 IP, 2 K

Breyvic Valera: 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Alex Mejia: 2-for-4, R, RBI

Patrick Wisdom: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Alex Mejia was batting cleanup last night, which was… surprising. In 109 at bats with Memphis, he’s hitting .330/.376/.468 with three homers and six doubles. It appears that Mejia’s cup of coffee in the majors gave him a confidence boost, as his Triple-A average is 80 points higher than his Double-A average. His BABIP is .360 so there’s regression on the way, but Mejia’s offensive breakout in Memphis has been surprising, even if it probably isn’t sustainable.

Springfield 4, Tulsa 5

Ryan Helsley: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Tyler Bray: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Jacob Evans (L, 1-2): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 K

Andrew Morales: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Oscar Mercado: 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Anthony Garcia: 1-for-3, BB, R

Tommy Edman: 1-for-4, 2B

RYAN HELSLEY DOUBLE-A DEBUT!!!! Helsley was good at High-A with an 8-2 record and 2.69 ERA and forced a promotion to Double-A. Last night was my first chance to watch him pitch. Frankly, he fits the bill of the typical young Cardinals pitcher because of his athleticism. In some ways, he reminds me of Michael Wacha because he throws downhill, but his change up isn’t nearly as advanced as Wacha’s was. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to Double-A.

Tommy Edman is a ballplayer, man. Yesterday, he turned a pedestrian single up the middle into a double because he busted it out of the box. Oscar Mercado’s homer was a nuke, and it’s a shame there’s no video of it available on MiLB.com.

Palm Beach 7, Bradenton 4

Jake Woodford: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Ian McKinney (W, 2-2): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Brady Bowen: 2.2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K

Dailyn Martinez (S, 3): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Leobaldo Pina: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Shane Billings: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Luke Dykstra: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Leobaldo Pina is hitting .414 over his last ten games. He’s played every infield position, left, and even saw an inning on the mound. He’s not exactly a prospect, but he’s athletic and has done some good things for Palm Beach. Woodford labored over his 3 2/3 innings; it took 83 pitches (48 strikes) to get through his outing.

Peoria 9, Wisconsin 3

Frederis Parra (W, 3-3): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Ronnie William: 2 IP, 4 K

Max Almonte: 1 IP, 2 K

Kramer Robertson-PH: 1-for-1, HR

Juan Yepez: 3-for-5, 2B

Mick Fennell: 2-for-4, 4 RBI

Ronnie Williams hasn’t allowed a hit and struck out eight in his last six innings of work, one spot start and one relief appearance. He struggled mightily to start the year, and by midseason had dropped on virtually all prospect lists. Hopefully, the 2014 second round pick has turned a corner. Nick Plummer went 0-for-3 out of the leadoff spot (I like him at the top of the order) but still drew two walks. Plate discipline is the constant in Plummer’s game even if he’s struggled severely at times since being drafted in 2015. We talked a little bit about Kramer Robertson in our first episode of Prospect To Be Named Later. It’s towards the end, so skip ahead if you’d like.

State College 3, Auburn 5

Jonathon Mulford: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Robbie Gordon (L, 0-5): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Noel Gonzalez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K

Edwin Figuera: 2-for-5, 3B, 2 R

Evan Mendoza: 2-for-5

Scott Hurst: 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Scott Hurst has hit in five straight and homered twice in that span. Evan Mendoza is playing crazy well right now. He’s hit .488 over his last ten games and owns a .352/.424/.500 slash line in his first 128 professional at bats.

Johnson City 5, Pulaski 6

Jacob Schlessener: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Will Changarotty: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 K

Paul Salazar: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB

Brett Seeburger: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Fabian Blanco: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Jacob Patterson (L, 0-1): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB 1 K

Carlos Talavera: 3-for-5, HR

Delvin Perez: 1-for-3, BB

Luis Bandes: 2-for-4

Imeldo Diaz: 1-for-3, HR

Delvin Perez was the designated hitter last night after committing three errors on Monday. Jacob Schlessener only made it through 2/3 of an inning and made it a long night for the Johnson City bullpen. Jacob Patterson surrendered a homer to tie the game and the ninth and a wild pitch scored the winning run for Pulaski.

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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