Cardinals Minors Report for games happening Monday, July 10, 2017.
Springfield 4, Frisco 7
Matt Pearce: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Darren Seferina: 2-for-3, BB
Jacob Wilson: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Gabriel Lino: 1-for-4, HR
Springfield’s starter Matt Pearce six innings of three-run ball made for his fifth consecutive quality start. He leads the Texas League in wins, but don’t expect a quick promotion. He’s striking out only 15% of the batters he faced and his 33% ground ball rate needs to improve. Darren Seferina went 4-for-11 with a triple in his first three games at the Double-A level. Tommy Edman, the shortstop drafted out of Stanford in the 2016 draft, has impressed with his glove in 15 Double-A games. He’s only hitting .193, but don’t pay too much attention to that. He should be at Palm Beach, but the promotion of Alex Mejia and injury to Edmundo Sosa created a need for a shortstop in Springfield.
Palm Beach 0, Fort Myers 1
Ryan Helsely: 6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K
Jacob Evans: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
There wasn’t much offense to go around for either team, but Fort Myers managed to scratch across a run in the eighth off of Evans. Ryan Helsley was outstanding, as last night was his fifth straight quality start and lowered his ERA to 2.79. Unlike Pearce, Helsley has a healthy strikeout rate (23.1%) and ground ball rate (43.9%), which would indicate that his success is sustainable. Andy Young, who hit .284/.379/.545 in 58 games for Peoria, has cooled off considerably since his promotion to Palm Beach. He’s hitting .239/.293/.394, but that’s not altogether unsurprising. The Florida State League is notorious for swallowing hitters whole. Carson Kelly, who’s representing Memphis in the Triple-A All-Star Game, hit just .219/.263/.332 at Palm Beach in 2015.
Peoria 3, Cedar Rapids 0
Mike O’Reilly: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 12 K
Dylan Carlson: 1-for-4, R
Nick Plummer: 1-for-3, BB
Stefan Trosclair: 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB
Mike O’Reilly has absolutely dominated the Midwest League in 11 starts this season for Peoria. He’s striking out 25.1% of the batters he faces, and walking just 3.2%. His ERA is a minuscule 1.76, but his Fielding Independent Pitching ERA (FIP) is 3.63, which suggests he’s benefiting from some batted-ball luck. His gound-ball rate is 26.8%, so I’d like to see that increase a little bit. Either way, Mike O’Reilly has nothing left to prove at Peoria; it’s time for a promotion.
Also, Stefan Trosclair’s homer was of the inside-the-park variety.
Johnson City 12, Elizabethton 13
Jacob Schlesener: 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K
Wood Myers: 4-for-6, RBI, 2 R
Irving Lopez: 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
If you were looking for Delvin Perez, he was demoted to the Gulf Coast League on Monday. In other news, Wood Myers has been absolutely outstanding so far. Drafted in the 29th round this year out of Coastal Carolina, he’s hitting .525/.587/.600 in fourteen games. Obviously there will be some regression due to his .567 BABIP, but he’s walking more than he’s striking out. Myers has definitely gotten my attention.
GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Marlins 1
Austin Warner: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 6 K
Carlos Soto: 1-for-4, RBI, BB
Taylor Bryant: 1-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Terry Fuller: 1-for-2, BB, R
Moises Castillo: 2-for-4, R