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Cardinals Minors Report: Dakota Hudson promotion looming, Piscotty rehabs, Delvin Perez back to Johnson City

Cardinals minors report for games happening Thursday, July 27, 2017

Memphis 3, Salt Lake 1 (Suspended)

Memphis’ game was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the second inning with Memphis leading 3-1. We will have stats and a report from what I expect to be a double header Friday night.

Springfield 6, Northwest Arkansas 4

Trey Nielsen: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Tyler Bray (W, 6-0): 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Corey Littrell: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Landon Beck (S, 2): 2 IOP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Randy Arozarena: 2-for-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Anthony Garcia: 2-for-3, 2 R, SB

Jacob Wilson: 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Dakota Hudson was mysteriously scratched from his scheduled start last night. After some speculation that a trade could be in the works (!!!), Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch reported that Hudson will be promoted to take Luke Weaver‘s sport in the Memphis rotation. Hudson has certainly earned the promotion; he has a 2.53 ERA in 114 innings over 18 starts and possesses perhaps the finest slider in the organization.

Randy Arozarena cracked his second Double-A homer and his tenth overall (video below). We have him ranked 14th on our prospect list, but I’d be inclined to move him up. He has more power than his teammate Magneuris Sierra, so he isn’t as reliant as BABIP. Arozarena’s speed might be a tick below Sierra’s, but he still profiles as someone who could be an above average defensive outfielder.

Palm Beach 4, Tampa 10

Jake Woodford: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Ross Vance (BS, 3)(L, 2-3): 0.2 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Estarlin Arias: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Thomas Spitz: 2-for-4, R

Leobaldo Pina: 3-for-4, R

Andy Young: 2-for-4, 2B

In addition to going 3-for-4 at the plate, Leobaldo Pina pitched an inning of relief allowing one run on two hits. Jake Woodford (Redbird Daily #15 prospect) is 5-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 17 starts for Palm Beach.  The 20-year-old has gotten plenty of ground balls at every stop, but he doesn’t get many strikeouts. This year he’s been hurt by a BABIP of .323 which indicates some batted ball luck might be working against him. Or the balls put in play against him have been hit harder. Either way, I find it hard to get really excited about someone who’s had trouble missing bats at the lowest levels of the minor leagues.

Peoria 3, Cedar Rapids 1 (7)

Frederis Parra (W, 2-3): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Stephen Piscotty: 0-for-3

Vince Jackson: 2-for-3, 2 2B

Danny Hudzina: 1-for-2, HR

Stephen Piscotty flew out to center in his first two at bats and grounded to short in his last one. He’s expected to be in Peoria until Sunday and rejoin the Cardinals on Monday.

Peoria 4, Cedar Rapids 0 (7)

Ronnie Williams: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Colton Thomson (W, 1-0): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Yeison Medina: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Danny Hudzina: 1-for-3

Juan Yepez: 1-for-2, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Dylan Carlson: 1-for-3

Matt Fiedler: 2-for-3

Kramer Robertson went 0-for-5 on the day, making him hitless in his last ten at bats. After getting off to a hot start in his professional career he’s hitting just .170 over his last ten games. Those four hitless innings from Ronnie Williams are nice to see considering he entered the season as our #17 prospect and by midseason had fallen off the list completely.

State College 11, Batavia 1

Johnathon Mulford (W, 2-3): 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Spencer Trayner: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 K

Robbie Gordon: 1 IP

Zach Kirtley: 3-for-6, 2B, 3 R, RBI

Evan Mendoza: 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Yariel Gonzalez: 3-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Bryce Denton: 3-for-6, 2B, 3B, RBI, R

Edwin Figuera: 3-for-5

Few things were more encouraging yesterday than Bryce Denton’s performance. After an appendectomy in the opening days of the season, Denton struggled to the tune of a .157 average at Peoria. His overall numbers (.240/.330/.344) at State College don’t look great – but he’s hitting .308 in his last ten games. Drafted in the second round out of Ravenwood High School in Tennessee, Denton is still just 19 years old. A strong finish to the 2017 campaign would do a lot to alleviate concern that crept in due to his struggles in the last year and a half.

Johnson City 1, Danville 4

Edwar Ramirez (L, 1-5): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Jake Dahlberg: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Chase Pinder: 1-for-3, BB

Irving Lopez: 1-for-3, BB, SB

Delvin Perez: 1-for-4, RBI

Delvin Perez was promoted back to Johnson City yesterday. He was hitting .238/.320/.357 in 11 GCL games (although he was over .300 until a 0-for-9 double header sunk his average) so it appears the original demotion was due to more than poor performance. I’ll be keeping a close eye on how Delvin Perez performs in his second stint at Johnson City.

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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