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St. Louis Cardinals: Carson Kelly homers twice

While the big club continued to play poorly in Washington, the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers had a pretty successful night that included several strong pitching performances and not one, but two home runs from top catching prospect Carson Kelly. Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s minor league action.

Memphis 5
Colorado Springs 1

Harrison Bader 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI

Luke Voit 2-for-3, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, SB

Carson Kelly 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Paul DeJong 2-for-4

Daniel Poncedeleon 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K

Springfield 2
Midland 1

Oscar Mercado 1-for-3, 2 BB

Alex Mejia 2-for-5

Gabriel Lino 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, RBI

Blake Drake 2-for-4, R

Jack Flaherty 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Palm Beach 12
Charlotte 6

Magneuris Sierra 3-for-5, BB, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Edmundo Sosa 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Chris Chinea 2-for-6, 2B, R, RBI

Randy Arozarena 2-for-3, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Connor Jones 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Quad Cities 2
Peoria 0

Stefan Trosclair 1-for-3

Andrew Knizner 1-for-3

Jon Kilichowski 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Quad Cities 2
Peoria 3

Ryan McCarvel 1-for-2, BB, HR, R, RBI

Tommy Edman 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Bryan Dobzanski 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The Cardinals minor league affiliates went 4-1 on Tuesday with Peoria losing the first game of a double-header. Tuesday’s action saw strong starts across the board. Daniel Poncedeleon, Connor Jones, John Kilichowski, and Bryan Dobzanski all had successful debuts, while Jack Flaherty dominated again for Springfield.

Carson Kelly homered twice for Memphis as the Redbirds bombed three home runs off Brewers’ top prospect Josh Hader. Kelly had just 6 home runs over 362 plate appearances last year, but now he can put a little more focus on his hitting and this is a good start.

Harrison Bader and Luke Voit added to the Memphis power display with Bader hitting his second and Voit his third. I think both players will be in contention for major league call ups later this season. Bader is more of a prospect that Voit, but the big first baseman could be a solid bench piece.

Jack Flahery has an ERA of 0.66 through two Double-A starts this year. While the sample size is very small, Flaherty continues to show why he is a top pitching prospect. The Cards have a ton of pitching depth so it will be interesting to see where he fits into that mix.

Coming up Next

There are just three games on the schedule for Wednesday as Springfield is off for a travel day. Memphis continues their series with Colorado Springs, while Palm Beach and Charlotte do battle again and Peoria and Quad Cities continue their rivalry.

Here are the projected starters for Wednesday’s action:

Memphis – Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00)

Palm Beach – Junior Fernandez (0-0, 1.93)

Peoria – Jordan Hicks (1-0, 0.00)

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