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Cardinals Minors Report: Memphis sweeps doubleheader, Matt Pearce and Chris Ellis turn in good starts

Cardinals minors report for games happening Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Memphis 3, Omaha 1 (7)

Kevin Herget (W, 4-1): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Josh Lucas (S, 12): 1 IP, 1 K

Wilfredo Tovar – 2B: 2-for-3, 2B, SB

Tyler O’Neill – LF: 1-or-1, 2 B

Jose Adolis Garcia – RF: 1-for-3, 2B

The other day I wrote that until Tyler O’Neill started drawing a few walks, I considered him a younger version of Randal Grichuk. Well, it appears he was listening because he drew two walks last night. In my view, walks should be seen as a bigger positive for O’Neill than a home run. We know O’Neill brings power, but to be an elite hitter at the big league level he needs to develop other ways to contribute when he’s not connecting for homers.

Memphis 4, Omaha 2

Matt Pearce (W, 2-1): 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Ryan Sherriff (S, 6): 1 IP, 1 K

Nick Martini – RF: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Gabriel Lino – C: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Breyvic Valera – 2B: 0-for-1, 2 BB, SB, 2 R

Matt Pearce is a mystery. He’s had a good ERA at every stop where he’s spent significant time, but I can’t find an actual scouting report anywhere online. In some ways, it’s my own fault because I routinely chose to attend the starts of more renowned pitching prospects like Sandy Alcantara and Jack Flaherty while he was at Double-A. That may sum up Pearce in a way: he’s a good pitcher who’s steadily climbed the minors while everyone focused on his flashier teammates.

Springfield 3, San Antonio 2

Chris Ellis (W, 4-6): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Landon Beck (S, 4): 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Oscar Mercado – CF: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Magneuris Sierra – RF: 1-for-4, 2B, CS/PO

Andrew Knizner – C: 1-for-3, R

Tommy Edman – SS: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Bruce Caldwell – PH: 1-for-1, HR, 2 RBI

Despite a good outing from Ellis, Springfield trailed 2-1 before a pinch-hit, two-run, opposite field homer from Bruce Caldwell gave them the lead and eventually the win. The 25-year-old Caldwell has been called a leader by Springfield manager Johnny Rodriguez, and his promotion to Memphis on May 28 cited as a reason for the nine game losing streak that ultimately cost Springfield the first half division title. Caldwell is hitting .255/.377/.444 at Springfield, and isn’t exactly considered a prospect. But Double-A glue-guys are the unsung heroes of minor league baseball, and Caldwell is certainly one of those.

Palm Beach 6, Fort Myers 0

Ramon Santos (W, 3-2): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Dailyn Martinez: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Ian McKinney: 1 IP, 1 H

Thomas Spitz – RF: 1-for-4, RBI

Casey Grayson – DH: 1-for-3, BB, R

Chris Chinea – 1B: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Leobaldo Pina – SS: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, R

Luke Dykstra – 2B: 2-for-3, RBI

Ramon Santos turned in his best start of the season with seven shutout innings (season high) and seven strikeouts (also a season high). Leobaldo Pina is hitting .351 with a homer and four RBI’s over his last ten games, and he plays all over the field.

Peoria 12, Clinton 4

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

Austin Sexton: 1 IP, 1 K

Ronnie Williams: 1 IP

Leland Tilley: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 K

Dylan Carlson – CF: 2-for-6, 2 2B, RBI

Kramer Robertson – SS: 3-for-5, BB

Brian O’Keefe – C: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Juan Yepez – 3B: 4-for-6, 2B, 5 RBI

Vince Jackson – LF: 4-for-5, 3B, RBI

Peoria tallied 20 hits and nine of them went for extra-bases. After an extremely good July (.296/.367/.437) Dylan Carlson has cooled off in July and his slide has continued in August. An up and down season isn’t too surprising for an 18-year-old in his first full season. After all, Delvin Perez is struggling as an 18-year-old between Johnson City and the GCL. There’s a cultural element with Delvin Perez that’s not there with Carlson, but I’ve been impressed. Kramer Robertson has hit .400 over his last ten games after a brief slump and seeing that Robertson has the ability to make adjustments in professional baseball is a good thing.

State College 10, Hudson Valley 5

Paul Balestrieri (W, 3-1): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Alex Fagalde: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Robbie Gordon: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Zach Kirtley – 2B: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Evan Mendoza – 3B: 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Bryce Denton – LF: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Tyler Lancaster – 1B: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Hats off to Bryce Denton for turning his season around – his average is over .300 (.301) for the first time all season on the back of a .450 stretch over his last ten. He had a nasty case of appendicitis early in the season, and Chase Denton (I’m assuming it’s his brother) said he lost 10-15 pounds which is significant.

Johnson City 8, Kingsport 4

Evan Guillory (W, 2-1): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K

Jake Walsh: 1 IP, 2 K

Fabian Blanco: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Thomas St. Clair (S, 4): 0.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Irving Lopez – 2B: 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Chase Pinder – CF: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Julio Rodriguez – C: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Carlos Talevera – RF: 2-for-4, RBI

GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Nationals 6

Sean Gilmartin: 1 IP, 1 K

Winston Nicacio: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Patrick Dayton (L, 1-2): 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Luis Flores – LF: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Elehuris Montero – 3B: 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Carlos Soto – C: 1-for-3, RBI

Andres Luna – CF: 1-for-3, BB

Dariel Gomez – 1B: 1-for-4

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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