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Cardinals Minors Report: Weaver and Gomber Get Wins, Carson Kelly Homers

Cardinals minors report for games happening Saturday, July 16, 2017. 

Memphis 9, Round Rock 1

Luke Weaver: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Zach Duke: 1 IP, 2 K

Carson Kelly: 2-for-3, HR, 2 BB

Patrick Wisdom: 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Harrison Bader: 2-for-4, 2B

Aledmys Diaz: 2-for-3

Luke Weaver continued  to do Luke Weaver things in his first Triple-A start since being sent down. He’s doesn’t hand out many free passes (6.0 BB%), getting a healthy amount of strikeouts (27.8 K%), and getting a ton of ground balls (47.1 GB%). That’s a recipe for success, even in the hitter-friendly PCL. He’s proven to be major league ready, there’s just not a spot in the rotation for him.

Carson Kelly hit his ninth homer of the year, but this one impressed me. It was a 2-1 hanging curveball, and instead of sitting dead-red on a fastball, Kelly was able to recognize a curve and launch it.

Don’t get too excited about Diaz’s 2-for-3 night. One hit came one a soft liner to second base, and the second baseman fell down trying to make the throw. His second hit came on a curve that Diaz yanked into left.

Springfield 6, Arkansas 1

Austin Gomber: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Oscar Mercado: 2-for-5, 2 2B

Bruce Caldwell: 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Andrew Knizner: 2-for-4

Gabriel Lino: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Austin Gomber has continued to rebound after a slow start to the season. Last night was his fourth quality start in his last five outings. Magneuris Sierra might have been promoted to the big leagues, but Springfield still has Oscar Mercado and Randy Arozarena patrolling the outfield. Mercado has been particularly impressive; his average is almost 100 points higher than it was in Palm Beach last year. Andrew Knizner was added to the Redbird Daily top-30 prospect list yesterday, and promptly went 2-for-4. He’s hitting a solid .279/.326/.471 since being promoted from Peoria on June 14, although he still has some work to do behind the plate.

Palm Beach 5, Lakeland 1

Junior Fernandez: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Chris Chinea: 2-for-4, R, BB

Jose Godoy: 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Chris Chinea is Luke Voit without power. In other words, he’s a long shot to ever make it to the majors. Junior Fernandez is having an interesting season. He’s got better stuff than his Palm Beach teammate Ryan Helsley, but he’s not getting a ton of strikeouts and he’s still walking a few too many for High-A. He’s still only 20 years old, so starting 2018 in Palm Beach wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 3

Mike O’Reilly: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K

Ryan McCarvel: 2-for-4, HR, 2B

Nick Plummer: 2-for-3, 2B,  RBI

Dylan Carlson: 0-for-4

What do you want Mike O’Reilly to do, throw a shutout every time? He gave up three runs, but but all three came via the homer. He still made it through seven innings and struck out ten. He’s certainly deserving of a promotion. It sure is nice to see Nick Plummer have a good game. He’s struggled this year after returning from injury last year, and he’s most certainly been passed on the depth chart by his teammate Dylan Carlson.

State College 12, Brooklyn 1

Andrew Summerville: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Scott Hurst: 1-for-4, BB, 2 R, RBI

Evan Mendoza: 2-for-3, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB

Yariel Gonzalez: 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Scott Hurst seems to be adjusting to pro ball nicely, although a little bit more slugging wouldn’t hurt. He’s hitting .280/.379/.380 in 12 games. Evan Mendoza has torn the cover off the ball after being taken in the 11th round out of NC State. Baseball Draft report profiled him as a third baseman with an average hit tool and above average raw power, and his .315 average suggests his hit tool has a chance to be above average. Andrew Summerville has been really good in 9 2/3 innings so far, and earned his first start last night.

Johnson City 12, Kingsport 13

Franyel Casadilla: 4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Luis Bandes: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Carlos Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 2 2B

Irving Lopez: 2-for-5, 3B

Every Johnson City starter recorded a hit or scored a run, and every Johnson City pitcher allowed at least three earned runs. That’s how you end up with a 13-12 score. It just so happens Johnson City was on the losing end.

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Marlins 4

Angel Rondon: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Enrique Perez: 3 IP, 3 BB, 4 K

Delvin Perez: 1-for-4, RBI, 2 K

Robbie Coman: 2-for-3, 2B

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 4

Kevin Hamann: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Alex Fagalde: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K

Carlos Soto: 3-for-4, RBI

Elehuris Montero: 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Johnathan Machado: 1-for-3, 2 R

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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