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Cardinals Minors Report: Bader Homers for Third Straight Night, Hudson Shines Again

Dakota Hudson

Cardinals minors report for Thursday, July 6th, 2017.

Memphis 7, Round Rock 4

Mike Mayers: 3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Tyler Bray (W, 1-0): 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 K

Nick Martini: 4-for-5

Aledmys Diaz: 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Harrison Bader: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Jose Adolis Garcia: 2-for-4

Mike Mayers only lasted three innings, probably due to the fact that he’d been in the St. Louis’ bullpen for the previous couple of weeks. The fact that Tyler Bray was the only Memphis pitcher to give up multiple runs – and in only two innings – and still got the “win” shows the stupidity of that particular stat. Harrison Bader  homered for the third straight night, and his .303/.357/.527 slash line won’t stay at Memphis much longer. Nick Martini got four hits and has an .834 OPS, but he doesn’t look to be a factor at the MLB level due to the surplus of outfielders in the St. Louis system.

Springfield 2, Midland 1

Dakota Hudson: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

Magneuris Sierra: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Kolten Wong: 0-for-3

Andrew Knizner: 1-for-3, HR

Dakota Hudson kept doing what first round picks are supposed to do. He’s gone at least six innings in each of his last ten starts, and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of them. That makes for ten consecutive quality starts. On the season, he sports a 2.73 ERA, in part because he’s only allowed five homers in a hitter-friendly league. His fastball reaches the mid to upper 90’s, and features a plus slider. He could end up being a significant part of what the St. Louis bullpen by the end of the season. Randy Arozarena had one of the most entertaining base running plays I’ve ever seen:

 

Magneuris Sierra flipped an RBI double just over the third baseman to score Arozarena and tie the game. Andrew Knizner’s second Double-A homer won the game for Springfield in the 9th.

Palm Beach 4, Bradenton 3 (12)

Jake Woodford: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 5 K

Chandler Hawkins (W, 3-1): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K

Chris Chinea: 3-for-6, RBI

Andy Young: 2-for-4, R, RBI

Danny Diekroeger: 3-for-6

Jake Woodford, anointed the “Most Boring Prospect in the Cardinals’ System” by Kyle Reis, lived up to the billing. It was a solid outing, but he didn’t blow you away with strikeout totals or GIF-worthy stuff. But, his outing last night lowered his ERA to 2.96 on the season, and he probably deserved his sixth win. Palm Beach walked it off for the second night in a row, courtesy of a Blake Drake bunt single that scored Thomas Spitz.

Peoria 4, Beloit 0

Ian Oxnevad: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Dylan Carlson: 2-for-4, RBI

Nick Plummer: 1-for-3

Danny Hudzina: 2-for-4

Dylan Carlson’s 2-for-4 night was a welcome development. After a healthy .804 OPS in June, he had cooled off to a .494 OPS so far in July. Plummer had a pedestrian night, but his OPS when ahead in the count is an incredible 1.036. When he’s behind in the count, its just .237.

State College 9, Williamsport 0

Sam Tewes (W, 1-2): 6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Leland Tilley: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Evan Mendoza: 3-for-4, 3 R

Brandon Benson: 4-for-5, 3B, HR, 6 RBI

Scott Hurst: 1-for-5

Brandon Benson, a 20th round selection in this year’s draft, is slashing .333/.400/.472 in his first nine professional games. Same Tewes, an 8th round pick out of Wichita State in 2016, had his best professional start – 6 2/3 shutout innings. He’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Scott Hurst, who the Cardinals took with their first pick this year, is hitting just .160 for State College, although six games is an incredibly small sample size. Actually, I feel a little bad about pointing that out.

Johnson City 5, Greeneville 6

Alvaro Seijas: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Robert Calvano (BS, 1)(L, 0-3): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Luis Bandes: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Carlos Rodriguez: 1-for-4, HR

Irving Lopez: 1-for-3, 3B

Johnson City seemingly had the game in hand as they took a 5-1 lead into the 9th. However, an RBI double and RBI single tied the game. It stayed tied until the 11th when Cody Bohanek walked off Johnson City. Delvin Perez was not in the lineup for Johnson City.

GCL Cardinals 11, GCL Astros 10

Brian Pirela: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Patrick Dayton (BS, 1)(W, 1-0): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 K

Taylor Bryant: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 BB, RBI

Carlos Soto: 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Dariel Gomez: 3-for-4, 3 RBI

Robbie Coman: 2-for-3, RBI

Thanks for reading.

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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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