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Cardinals Minors Report: Jack Flaherty and Zac Gallen solid, Patrick Wisdom next up?

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Cardinals minors report for games happening Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Memphis 5, Salt Lake 4 (13)

Jack Flaherty: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Arturo Reyes: 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Josh Zeid: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER

Sam Tuivailala: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Josh Lucas (W, 8-0): 2 IP, 1 H

Jose Adolis Garcia: 2-for-5, 2 2B, BB

Patrick Wisdom: 2-for-6, HR, 2B, 2 RBI

Jack Flaherty didn’t have his best command last night. It took him 94 pitches (only 56 strikes) to complete five innings, but he still did so while only allowing one run. Jose Adolis Garcia is hitting .349/.386/.506 in 83 Triple-A plate appearances. The bad news is that Garcia profiles much like Randal Grichuk. His strikeout rate is 21.7%, which is high but not alarmingly so. The real concern is that he’s only walked twice since being promoted (2.4 BB%).

Mitchell Ford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch opined that Patrick Wisdom could be the next Redbird to break through to the majors. His Triple-A wRC+ is 105, and considering the run-scoring environment of the PCL is probably about average. He does have power (22 homers), which Mike Budaska discusses in the Post-Dispatch article. His defense is the most consistent aspect of his game and if Jedd Gyorko‘s struggles continue Wisdom could offer power potential and a steady glove should he need a breather.

 Springfield 7, Tulsa 6

Zac Gallen (W, 4-2): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Andrew Morales: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 K

Rowan Wick: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

John Nogowski: 2-for-3, 2 R, BB

Tommy Edman: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R

Danny Diekroeger – PH: 1-for-1, 3B, RBI

It was a really rough night for Rowan Wick on Wednesday. After walking the leadoff man in the ninth of a 7-2 game he retired the next two he faced. Nearly out of the inning, he allowed back-to-back singles then a three-run homer. He recovered to strike out Errol Robinson for the third out but it was still a disappointing outing. His fastball, which has reportedly touched 98, was only 93-95 and looked pretty straight. On the positive side, Zac Gallen was good once again and lowered his ERA to 2.70. Tommy Edman raised his average to .250 and seems destined for the Daniel Descalso/Greg Garcia roster spot in a couple years.

Palm Beach 2, Tampa 5

Junior Fernandez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

Ramon Santos (L, 1-2): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Brady Bowen: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Shane Billings: 1-for-4

Casey Turgeon: 1-for-4, RBI

Leobaldo Pina: 1-for-2, BB, RBI

Andy Young: 1-for-4, 2 K

It’s unclear why Junior Fernandez was removed from his start after just one inning. He’s a high-upside low-level prospect and would likely be a complimentary piece of a larger deal if something is indeed in the works. It’s possible he was injured; the game was not broadcast in any capacity but there is no evidence – via Twitter or otherwise – that he was in fact injured. It’s now been about 12 hours without reports of a trade, so he was probably removed with some sort of injury. It’s that time of year though, and every unforeseen removal from a game could mean a blockbuster trade is coming down the pike.

Johnson City 6, Burlington 10 (10)

Jacob Schlessener: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K

Juan Alvarez: 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Jake Walsh: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Jacob Patterson: 2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Thomas St. Clair (L, 1-1): 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 K

Imeldo Diaz: 2-for-4, HR, 2 R

J.D. Murders: 2-for-5, R

Alexis Wilson: 1-for-4, RBI

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Astros 8

Jim Voyles (L, 0-1): 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Patrick Dayton: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB

Enrique Perez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K

Wilberto Rivera: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Eliezer Alvarez: 2-for-5, HR, 2 R

Moises Castillo: 2-for-3, 2 R

Terry Fuller: 1-for-4, RBI, R

Delvin Perez was given the day off after his 0-for-9 in a doubleheader yesterday.

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Colin Garner
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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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