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Cardinals Minors Report: Springfield’s outfield shines

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Cardinals minors report for games happening Sunday, August 27, 2017. 

Memphis 4, Iowa 3

John Gant: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Josh Zeid (W, 9-3): 0.1 IP

Sean Gilmartin: 1.1 IP, 2 K

Josh Lucas (S, 16): 0.2 IP, 1 BB

Alex Mejia – 3B: 3-for-5, 2B, R

Tyler O’Neill – RF/CF: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, R

Aledmys Diaz – 2B: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Wilfredo Tovar – SS: 2-for-3, BB, SB

Of all the positive surprises for Memphis this season, Alex Mejia has to be at the top of the list. Mejia had never had an OPS higher than .724, which he posted over 34 games at Springfield back in 2015. In 53 games this season for Memphis, he’s hit .338/.383/.475, good for a .858 OPS on the back of four homers and 15 doubles. He’s done it while playing short, second, and third and has become an everyday bat (even in the middle of the order) without an everyday position. Alex Mejia had his cup of coffee in the majors, and it appears he wants more.

Springfield 5, Tulsa 6

Ryan Helsley (L, 3-1): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Jacob Evans: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Magnneuris Sierra – CF: 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 SB

Randy Arozarena – LF: 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, RBI

Jose Adolis Garcia – RF: 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Oscar Mercado – PH: 1-for-1, 2B, RBI, R

All four Springfield outfielders showed why they were highly touted prospects, going 6-for-11 with five of those hits going for extra bases, four RBI’s, two stolen bases, and three walks.

Ryan Helsley flashed good stuff but didn’t throw enough strikes to be effective (58/89). It was simply one of those outings where he couldn’t seem to strand runners, but the fact that he has a 2.67 ERA in his first run through the Texas League shouldn’t be overlooked.

Palm Beach 1, St. Lucie 2

Mike O’Reilly (L, 3-1): 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

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

Blake Drake – CF: 1-for-5, HR

Edmundo Sosa – SS: 2-for-3, BB

Casey Grayson – 1B: 1-for-4

Andy Yong – 2B: 1-for-3

Vince Jackson, someone we talked about on the podcast, has struggled severely since being promoted to Palm Beach back on August 10th. In 12 games (39 at-bats), he’s hit just .128/.227/.154. His overall numbers at Peoria weren’t great, but I had hoped the .445 SLG he posted in the Midwest League would inject some life into what has been a stagnant Palm Beach offense throughout the second half. Alas, the Florida State League eats hitters alive and it appears to be having negative effects on Jackson.

Peoria 7, Kane County 6 (10)

Austin Warner: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Ronnie Williams: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Yeison Medina: 2.1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K

Austin Sexton (W, 4-2): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Stefan Trosclair – 1B: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Evan Mendoza – 3B: 2-for-5, 3B, 2 R

Dylan Carlson – CF: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, R

Nobody has put together a more impressive second half in the Cardinals’ system than first baseman Stefan Trosclair. Since the break, he’s hit .278/.397/.550 with 11 homers. He’s 23, but this is his age-22 season so he’s only about a year older than the average Midwest League player, and the jump from the Gulf Coast League after being drafted in 2016 to a full-season squad in 2017 is significant. Where he’ll be placed next year will be interesting (as it will for his Peoria teammate Dylan Carlson) due to the conditions of the Florida State League.

State College 2, Williamsport 3

Jonathon Mulford: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Alex Fagalde (L, 0-1): 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Jesus Cruz: 1.1 IP, 3 K

Bryce Denton – LF: 2-for-4, R

Yariel Gonzalez – 1B: 1-for-3, 2B, R

Joshua Lopez – C: 1-for-4, RBI

Matt Davis – DH: 1-for-2, BB

I didn’t know anything about Jonathon Mulford so I’ll give you everything I can find. He was drafted out of Adelphi College, a D-II school in Long Island, in the 34th round of the 2016 draft. The 6’2″, 210-pound right-hander made his professional debut in the GCL last season where he threw 19 2/3 innings with a 2.29 ERA. This year, he’s gone 2-5 in the New York Penn League with a 4.16 ERA. Between late-round draft status and less-than-impressive numbers in a short-season league, Mulford will probably peak as an organizational depth piece. But now you know more about him than 99% of Cardinals fans.

Johnson City 3, Princeton 10

Jacob Schlessener (L, 2-3): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB

Brett Seeburger: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER

Fabian Blanco: 3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Luis Bandes – 1B: 1-for-4, RBI

Alexis Wilson – C: 1-for-4, RBI

Brady Whalen – 3B: 2-for-3, BB

Stanley Espinal – DH: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Thanks for reading.

Colin Garner
@colingarner22

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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