Cardinals minors report for games happening Wednesday, August 30, 2017.
Memphis 5, Iowa 4
Dakota Hudson (W, 1-1): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Andrew Morales: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 K
Mike Mayers: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Sean Gilmartin: 1 IP
Patrick Wisdom – 3B: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Jordan Schafer – LF: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI
Nick Martini – 1B: 1-for-4, BB
Andrew Morales was promoted to Memphis on August 26 in a move that appears to corresponds to Jordan Hicks‘ promotion to Springfield. In just 1 1/3 innings, the early returns on Morales in the PCL haven’t been great: hitters have hit .571 and he’s allowed two runs, good for a 13.50 ERA. Obviously, it’s an extremely small sample, and he was good in 23 innings for Springfield (3.13 ERA, 11 K/9).
Dakota Hudson continues to try to find the groove he had in Springfield. He’s only turned in two quality starts since his promotion and his strikeout rate, which was just about his only concern at Double-A, has tumbled even more upon his promotion.
Springfield 0, Arkansas 3
Zac Gallen (L, 4-5): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Rowan Wick: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Eric Carter: 1 IP, 1 BB
Oscar Mercado – CF: 2-for-4, CS
Andrew Knizner – C: 1-for-3
Springfield put plenty of balls in play (two strikeouts, no walks), but only managed three hits off of the Travelers’ starter Lindsey Caughel. While Mercado’s overall numbers look great (.284/.336/.424), over the last 90 days he’s hit just .260/.306/.388. I thought he was an obvious trade candidate at the deadline, and I think his number over his last 90 days are more indicative of the player he is than his incredible first half. Don’t be surprised if he’s moved in the offseason.
Palm Beach 4, Daytona 1
Ramon Santos (W, 5-3): 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Estarlin Arias: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Brady Bowen: 1 IP, 1 H
Chris Chinea – 1B; 2-for-3, BB, RBI, R
Leobaldo Pina – 3B: 2-for-4, RBI, R
Edmundo Sosa – 2B: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
Shane Billings – CF: 2-for-4
Ramon Santos, 2012 international signee, was okay in the Midwest League (20 1/3 IP, 3.54 ERA, 18.1 K%, 8.4 BB%), but has excelled in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. He moved the rotation full time starting on August 8, and since then he’s turned in four quality starts in five outings. He’s still not striking guys out (16.7 K%) and is benefitting from pitching in Roger Dean Stadium, but his move to the rotation has brought out the best in him.
Peoria 4, Quad Cities 3
Ian Oxnevad: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Colton Thomson: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Bryan Dobzanski: 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Dewin Perez (W, 3-6): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Mick Fennel – RF: 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI
Evan Mendoza – 3B: 1-for-4, BB, RBI
Danny Hudzina – 1B: 1-for-5, RBI
Nick Plummer – CF: 1-for-3, BB
After hitting .370/.431/.549 in the New York Penn League, Evan Mendoza cooled off after being promoted to Peoria. The learning curve at a full-season level isn’t unexpected, but the fact that the Chief’s manager Chris Swauger has stuck with him in the middle of the lineup tells you the organization believes Mendoza has the tools to climb the minor leagues.
Oh, and Nick Plummer is hitting over .200 (.201). Hooray.
State College 3, West Virginia 2
Andrew Summerville: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Alex Fagalde (W, 1-1): 2.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Noel Gonzalez: 0.2 IP, 2 K
Edwin Figuera – 3B: 1-for-5, 2B, R
Scott Hurst – CF: 1-for-3, BB, SB
Bryce Denton – LF: 1-for-4, RBI
Wood Myers – SS: 2-for-4
Caleb Lopes – 2B: 1-for-3, 2B, BB
Scott Hurst has hit .304/.382/.469 with three homers, six triples, and 11 doubles in 50 games so far for State College. Obviously, he’s done well for himself in the New York Penn League and should jump to a full-season squad next season.
Johnson City 2, Bluefield 5
Zach Prendergast: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K
Jake Walsh: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Jacob Patterson: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Fabian Blanco: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB
Thomas St. Clair: 0.1 IP
Irving Lopez – 2B: 1-for-4
Julio Rodriguez – C: 1-for-3, HR, BB
Luis Bandes: 2-for-4, HR
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