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Cardinals Minors Report: Tyler O’Neill Debuts, Aledmys Diaz Homers

Aledmys Diaz will join the Cardinals core group of players

Cardinals minors report for games happening Monday, July 24, 2017.

Memphis 6, Las Vegas 4

John Gant (W, 2-5): 7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Ryan Sherriff: 1 IP, 1 K

Sam Tuivailala (S, 6): 1 IP, 2 H, K

Breyvic Valera: 2-for-3, BB, 2 R, SB

Alex Mejia: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI’

Tyler O’Neill: 0-for-3, Sac Fly

Aledmys Diaz: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Ryan Sherriff is having an excellent season for Memphis and was even named a PCL All-Star. Allow him to give you a behind the scenes view of the minor league life:

That’s a far cry from the bright lights of The Show, where players received $150 per diems prior to this season. You may recall that Adam Wainwright rented a car for Sherriff during Spring Training after he noticed that Sherriff biked every day.

Tyler O’Neill went 0-for-3 with a sac fly in his Memphis debut. He flew out to the warning track but other than that it was pretty forgettable.

Springfield 4, Tulsa 6

Chris Ellis (L, 2-6): 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Trey Nielsen: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K

Pedro Echemendia: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K

Andrew Morales: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Magneuris Sierra: 2-for-4, RBI, R, SB

Oscar Mercado: 0-for-4, 2 R, BB, SB

Darren Seferina: 2-for-4, BB, SB

Jacob Wilson: 2-for-3, BB

Oscar Mercado leads the Texas League in stolen bases this season with 33 and Magneuris Sierra has added 12 in about half a season. The parent club has only 51 steals on the year, so Mercado and Sierra certainly offer something the Cardinals have lacked in recent years. Mercado’s resurgence is welcome but only adds to the glut of outfielders the Cardinals have at the upper reaches of the minor leagues. Most of Mercado’s value comes in center, but Fowler is under contract for four more seasons, Magneuris Sierra is considered an elite defender, and Harrison Bader has shown power both of them lack while continuing to improve defensively. All things considered, Mercado seems like a classic sell-high candidate this week and such a trade would help in clearing the outfield log jam.

Peoria 3, Charlotte 0

Connor Jones: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Ian McKinney: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Ross Vance (W, 2-2): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Shane Billings: 2-for-4, 2B, R

Chris Chinea: 1-for-4, RBI

Danny Diekroeger: 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Shane Billings, the center fielder from the 2016 draft, has had a solid year. He’s hitting .339/.378/.415 in the most pitcher friendly park in an extremely pitcher-friendly league. However, as I mentioned above and nearly everyone has mentioned in recent weeks, the Cardinals have a log jam in the outfield. Billings is blocked and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him moved as part of a larger deal.

Peoria 7, Bowling Green 4

Evan Kruczynski: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Dewin Perez: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K

Yeison Medina (W, 3-0): 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Danny Hudzina: 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Ryan McCarvel: 2-for-5, HR (13), 2B, 3 RBI

Dylan Carlson: 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Nick Plummer: 1-for-4, BB

Ryan McCarvel’s .508 SLG and 13 homers certainly catch your eye when looking at Peoria’s roster. He was drafted in 2015 and struggled at short season State College last year, but still managed to crack ten homers in 65 games. Plummer is slowly but surely coming around. He’s hit in eight straight, including three multi-hit games and a pair of homers.

State College 1, Mahoning Valley 5

Daniel Castano (L, 6-1): 4.2 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Leland Tilley: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K

Robert Calvano: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Steven Farinaro: 1 IP, 1 BB

Evan Mendoza: 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, R

Scott Hurst: 1-for-4

Joshua Lopez: 1-for-4, RBI

Evan Mendoza seems to do something every night, and I talked about him in the minors report yesterday. State College has played 33 games and Castano has seven decisions, which seems like way more than he should have this early in a short season.

Johnson City 4, Burlington 1

Johan Oviedo: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Paul Salazar: 1 IP, 2 BB

Jake Dahlberg: 2 IP, 2 BB, 4 K

Thomas St. Clair (S, 3): 1 IP, K

Chase Pinder: 2-for-3, 2B

Wade Ynfante: 1-for-4

Luis Bandes: 1-for-4, 2B, R

Julio Rodriguez: 2-for-3, HR (1), BB

Irving Lopez: 1-for-4, HR (1)

GCL Cardinals 1, GCL Nationals 2

Noel De Jesus:  4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Wilberto Rivera: 1 IP, 1 H

Alex Fagalde (L, 2-1): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 K

Enrique Perez: 1 IP

Cory Malcom: 1 IP, 2 K

Jonathan Machado: 1-for-4

Eliezer Alvarez: 2-for-3, 2B, SB

Elehuris Montero: 1-for-3

Carlos Soto: 1-for-3, BB

Sanel Rosendo: 1-for-3, RBI, BB

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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