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Cardinals Minors Report: Luke Weaver struggles, Harrison Bader homers

Cardinals minors report for games happening Monday, August 7, 2017

Memphis 5, Omaha 8

Luke Weaver (L, 9-2): 5.2 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Josh Zeid: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Miguel Socolovich: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Alex Mejia – 3B: 2-for-4, RBI

Harrison Bader – CF: 1-for-4, HR

Wilfredo Tovar – SS: 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

It was by far Luke Weaver’s worst start of the season, as the twelve hits and seven earned runs he allowed were both season highs. He was unable to command his fastball low in the zone, which is always a key to his success. Weaver traveled from Cincinnati to Tacoma then to Memphis to make the start, so a little travel fatigue wouldn’t be out of the question. I think Luke Weaver belongs on the major league roster, whether that’s in the bullpen or the rotation. To do that, he needs to continue to pitch the way he has all season for Memphis: dominant.

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 4

Jake Woodford (W, 6-6): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Estarlin Arias: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 K

Brady Bowen: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Eric Carter (S, 2): 1 IP, 1 H

Jose Martinez – SS: 1-for-2, BB

Thomas Spitz – RF: 1-for-2, 2 BB, R

Casey Grayson: 1-for-2, 2 BB, R, RBI

Casey Turgeon – LF: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Andy Young – 2B: 2-for-4

The Palm Beach offense seems like the High-A version of the St. Louis offense. They have a bunch of guys having okay seasons, even if none of them are top prospects. If they string their hits together they can put up a respectable number of runs, but if not the lack of power is glaring. Jake Woodford has had an up and down season. Back on July 6, he got his ERA to 2.96 but struggled over his next several starts and it now sits at 3.97. I can’t say I’ve seen him pitch and he’s just 20 years old, so I’ll be very interested to take a look at him early next season at Double-A.

Peoria 3, Clinton 1

Austin Warner (W, 2-2): 7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K

Max Almonte (S, 1): 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Brian O’Keefe – C: 2-for-5, 2B, R

Stefan Trosclair – 2B: 2-for-3, BB, 2 R

Juan Yepez – 1B: 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Hooray for Indy ball players! Undrafted out of Bellarmine University,  Austin Warner signed with the Cardinals on June 23. His night added up to a game score of 86 (which is really good). His 7 2/3 innings and 11 strikeouts were both season highs. Even though it’s a small sample size, his 2.39 ERA and 27.3 K% stand out over six starts. I need to see more, but Austin Warner has performed better than expected for an organizational depth guy.

State College 3, Mahoning Valley 2

Andrew Summerville (W, 3-0): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Steven Farinaro: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB

Spencer Trayner (S, 5): 1.2 IP, 3 K

Bryce Denton – RF: 2-for-3, 3B, R

Evan Mendoza – DH: 1-for-4, RBI

Tyler Lancaster – 1B: 2-for-4, RBI

Yariel Gonzalez – 3B: 1-for-3, BB, R

Bryce Denton has been raking for the last couple of weeks. As recently as July 28 his average was .230. After a .439 ten-game stretch his average sits at a respectable .290 over 35 games in the New York Penn League. It’s starting to look more and more like Denton has turned a corner after spinning his wheels for a year and a half in the Cardinals system. He’s only tallied 8 extra-base hits, but at just 20 years-old it’s still possible he could grow into more power.

Johnson City 16, Kingsport 1

Franyel Casadilla: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Juan Alvarez (W, 1-2): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB

Irving Lopez – 2B: 3-for-5, 3 RBI

Wadye Ynfante – CF: 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Luis Bandes – 1B: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Brady Whalen – 3B: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Jonathan Rivera – RF: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Walker Robbins – LF: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 R

Delvin Perez left the game in the second inning after being hit by a pitch on the wrist. (Thanks to Derek Shore for the info).

GCL Cardinals 1, GCL Mets 2

Noel De Jesus (L, 1-1): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Kevin Hamann: 1 IP

Donivan Williams – LF: 1-for-4

Andres Luna – DH: 1-for-4, RBI

Luis Flores – 2B: 2-for-2, R

Thanks for reading.

Colin Garner
@colingarner22

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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