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Cardinals Minors Report: Pearce, Hudson, and Oxnevad have solid outings

Cardinals minors report for games happening Monday, July 17, 2017

Memphis 5, Oklahoma City 3

Matt Pearce: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Kevin Herget (W, 3-1): 2 IP, 1 BB

Josh Lucas (S, 7): 1 IP, 1 H

Harrison Bader: 2-for-4, HR, 2 R

Alex Mejia: 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Jose Adolis Garcia: 1-for-4, 2B

Matt Pearce made his first Triple-A start last night, and quite frankly I didn’t think he was the most deserving candidate in the Springfield rotation (more on that later). It’s not that Pearce has done poorly this year, he went 9-5 with a 3.11 ERA in Springfield. The Cardinals have a lot of talented arms on the way, and I’m not sure Pearce stacks up with Luke Weaver, Jack Flaherty, and Sandy Alcantara. His tour through the PCL should be an interesting one to watch, as it’s a hitter-friendly league.

Springfield 4, Northwest Arkansas 1

Dakota Hudson (W, 8-4): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Andrew Morales: 1.2 IP, 2 K

Rowan Wick (S, 2): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Darren Seferina: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R

Andrew Knizner: 2-for-3, 2B

Tommy Edman: 3-for-4, RBI

John Nogowski: 2-for-4, 2B

Dakota Hudson is the pitcher I thought most deserved a promotion to Memphis. After all, I wrote an entire piece on how Hudson can help the major league bullpen.  Hudson has some things he can do better, namely strike more guys out (16.1 K%). The scouting report on Hudson has always been that he profiles best in the bullpen, so it’s been a concentrated effort of Hudson to get more early count ground ball outs, as evidenced by his shrinking walk rate (7.0%), although he did walk three last night.

It’s nice see Tommy Edman have a 3-for-4 day, and I’ve been impressed with his glove when I’ve seen him. Also, Andrew Knizner is proving he belongs on the top-30 prospect list with his .277/.329/.446 line in Double-A.

Peoria 2, Fort Wayne 1

Ian Oxnevad: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Bryan Dobzanski: 2 IP, 1 H, 5 K

Dewin Perez (W, 2-3): 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Vince Jackson: 2-for-5, HR

Juan Yepez: 2-for-4, R, BB

Nick Plummer: 1-for-5, SB

At just 20 years old, Ian Oxnevad has quiety had a solid season for Peoria. He got off to a rough start in April (4.79 ERA), but his ERA has been in the mid-threes every month since, with a slight regression so far in July. Nick Plummer is 5-for-12 over the last three games. While that’s obviously a super-duper small sample size, any progress is welcome for someone who dropped out of the Redbird Daily top-30.

Johnson City 2, Kingsport 9

Edwar Ramirez (L, 1-4): 3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Jake Dahlberg: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Brady Whalen: 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, R

J.D. Murders: 1-for-4, RBI

Edwar Ramirez has struggled in his third turn through the Appy League. Although he’s just 19 years old (and in his third pro season – wow) regression is never a good thing.

It’s a short minor league report today, because Palm Beach and State College were rained out. Check back tomorrow for an update on the Cardinals system.

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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