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Cardinals Minors Report: Stephen Piscotty homers again, Austin Gomber continues to roll

Stephen Piscotty St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals minors report for games happening Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Memphis 5, Nashville 6

Dakota Hudson: 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Jose Zeid (BS, 2) (L, 8-3): 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Stephen Piscotty – RF: 1-for-2, HR, RBI, 3 BB

Alex Mejia – 2B: 2-for-5, 2B, R

Tyler O’Neil – LF: 1-for-5, 2 RBI

Harrison Bader – CF: 1-for-2, 2 BB

Alberto Rosario – C: 2-for-4, RBI

Stephen Piscotty has become a three-true-outcome monster since his demotion as Kyle noted on the podcast last night. Dakota Hudson has a 4.96 ERA but has gone more than six innings in three of four starts. Hudson has been focusing on pitching to contact this season, and his ground-ball rate has remained high at Triple-A, but he’s simply not stranding runners at the same rate he was at Double-A.

Springfield 7, San Antonio 2

Austin Gomber (W, 8-7): 6 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Tyler Bray: 1 IP

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

Oscar Mercado – CF: 2-for-3, 2B, BB, CS

Darren Seferina – 3B: 2-for-5, R

Jose Adolis Garcia – RF: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Andrew Knizner – C: 3-for-5, 2 R

John Nogowski – 1B: 4-for-4, RBI

What John Nogowski has done since being signed as a minor league free agent on June 27 has been nothing short of incredible. In 42 games he’s slashed .306/.402/.422. With only two homers and being restricted to first base, I don’t see him producing enough to be a viable option at the MLB level, but it’s always cool to see guys like Nogowski have success.

Gomber was nails again last night, making it four straight quality starts for the lefty out of Florida Atlantic. The only blemish came on a two-run homer on a fastball that got a little too much of the plate. If Springfield makes the playoffs, I’d expect Gomber to be their game one starter.

Palm Beach 9, Dunedin 8

Connor Jones: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Brady Bowen: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER

Dailyn Martinez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER

Eric Carter (W, 1-0): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Jose Godoy – C: 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

Casey Grayson – 1B: 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Leobaldo Pina – 3B: 2-for-3

Thomas Spitz – RF: 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Andy Young – 2B: 2-for-5, RBI

We talked about Connor Jones extensively on episode two of Prospect to Be Named Later. Jones has been up and down lately, and in a league that is notoriously pitcher-friendly. Kyle spoke about his awkward mechanics, which is common from pitchers drafted out of the University of Virginia. His inconsistency is especially noteworthy as other pitchers in the organization have pushed past him this season, including Ryan Helsley and Zac Gallen.

Peoria 2, Quad Cities 3

Evan Kruczynski: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Austin Sexton: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K

Max Almonte (L, 2-4): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Mick Fennel – LF: 1-for-4, 2B

Ryan McCarvel – C: 2-for-4, HR,

Stefan Trosclair – 2B: 1-for-4

Juan Yepez – 1B: 1-for-4

Dylan Carlson – RF: 1-for-3, 2B

Ryan McCarvel is interesting because of the power he’s shown this season. He was a 19th round pick in the 2015 draft, and he’s slashed .256/.330/.491 with 14 homers. If Andrew Knizner makes Carson Kelly expendable (and I think he’s close to doing so), Ryan McCarvel could do the same to Knizner. He doesn’t have the hit tool that Knizner does, but he does bring more power. His defense is an unknown to me, and that’s probably the critical factor regarding his development.

Johnson City 11, Elizabethton 4

Jacob Schlessener (W, 2-1): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Fabian Blanco: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Jacob Patterson: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Chase Pinder – CF: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Brady Whalen – 3B, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 3 R

Julio Rodriguez – C: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI, 4 R

J.D. Murders – 2B: 1-for-3, R, RBI

Still no Delvin Perez.

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Astros 3 (7)

Junior Gonzalez: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Kevin Hamann (W, 2-1): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K

Elehuris Montero – 3B: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Michael Brdar – 2B: 2-for-3, 2 R

Cameron Knight – C: 3-for-3, 2B, RBI

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 0

Sean Gilmartin: 1 IP, 1 K

Winston Nicacio (W, 4-1): 6 IP, 4 H, 5 K

Jordan Schafer – DH: 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 3 R

Luis Flores – CF: 2-for-4, R

Elehuris Montero – 3B: 2-for-3, 3 RBI

Taylor Bryant – SS: 2-for-3, BB, RBI

We released the most recent episode of Prospect To Be Named Later this morning, so be sure to check that out.

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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