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Cardinals Minors Report: Hudson struggles, Gallen goes six strong, Edmundo Sosa returns

Cardinals minors report for games happening Friday, August 25, 2017.

Memphis 2, Iowa 4

Dakota Hudson (L, 0-1): 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Miguel Socolovich: 1 IP, 2 K

Sean Gilmartin: 1 IP, 1 K

Breyvic Valera – 2B: 1-for-4, 2B, R

Luke Voit – 1B: 2-for-4, RBI, R

Alex Mejia – SS: 1-for-3, BB, 2B

Dakota Hudson already had a disappointing strikeout rate at Double-A, and it’s decreased following his promotion. As much as I think Hudson will be a great fit at the back end of the bullpen, if he doesn’t find a way to strike out more than 13% of hitters he faces, sustained success will be tough in the bullpen.

Springfield 1, Northwest Arkansas 4

Zac Gallen (L, 4-4): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Corey Littrell: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Landon Beck: 1 IP, 1 K

Magneuris Sierra – RF: 1-for-5

Oscar Mercado – CF: 1-for-4

Darren Seferina – 2B: 1-for-3, BB, SB

As much as I like Ryan Helsley, Gallen looks much more like a big league starter to me. He commands his three pitches (fastball, curve, and change) better than Helsley, although Helsley’s stuff appears to be better.

Springfield has done a great job of building leads in both the first and second halves, but a nine game losing streak cost them the first half title and recent struggles have caused their lead to evaporate. They have intriguing pitchers, namely the aforementioned Gallen and Helsley, but I’m not sure they are ready to dominate the Double-A level; they’re more or less getting their feet wet at the level.

Palm Beach 2, St. Lucie 6

Ramon Santos: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Ian McKinney (L, 3-3): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Dailyn Martinez: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 Er, 2 BB

Ross Vance: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Jose Godoy – C: 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Leobaldo Pina – 3B: 1-for-4, R

Edmundo Sosa – 2B: 1-for-4

Edmundo Sosa was finally activated yesterday after being placed on the disabled list back on June 1. In 43 games at High-A earlier this season, he hit .272/.314/.340, and was promoted to Double-A, and was injured after just one game. In his place, Tommy Edman was promoted to Double-A and after a slow start has done more than held his own. So  Sosa has returned to High-A out of a need to play every day at shortstop because his value stems from his ability to play there.

Peoria 2, Kane County 3

Evan Kruczynski: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Dewin Perez (L, 2-6): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Bryan Dobzanski: 1.2 IP, 1 BB

Danny Hudzina – 3B: 1-for-4

Juan Yepez – 1B: 4-for-4, 2B, RBI

Mick Fennel – RF: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Juan Yepez might turn himself into a legitimate prospect yet, but his power needs to develop. He’s hit .273/.325/.402 at Low-A this season, but he can’t play anywhere but first and has only hit seven homers. After a hot stretch in July (.270/.386/.392), Plummer has struggled in August (.123/.286/.158) and has been unable to raise his average over the .200 mark.

State College 2, Williamsport 0

Andrew Summerville (W, 4-0): 7 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 K

Robbie Gordon (S, 2): 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K

Edwin Figuera – SS: 3-for-4, 2B, R

Yariel Gonzalez – 3B: 2-for-3, RBI

Matt Davis – 1B: 1-for-3

Scott Hurst – CF: 1-for-4, SB

Andrew Summerville is probably too good for the New York Penn League. After being drafted in the 12th round out of Stanford this year, Summerville has gone 4-0 in 49 2/3 innings with a 1.63 ERA. He’s struck out 22.1% of the hitters he’s faced, and more astonishingly, stranded over 90% of runners who’ve reached base against him.

Johnson City 6, Greeneville 9

Franyel Casadilla (L, 1-6): 3.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Juan Alvarez: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Jake Dahlberg: 3 IP, 1 H

Brady Whalen – 3B: 1-for-4, R

Luis Bandes – 1B: 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Stanley Espinal – DH: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, R

Jonathan Rivera – RF: 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI

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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