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St. Louis Cardinals: Connor Jones tosses 5 innings

On Wednesday, the Cardinals minor leaguers went 2-0-1 against the Nationals minor leaguers with Springfield beating Harrisburg 12-4, Palm Beach beating Potomac 5-1, and Peoria tieing Hagerstown 2-2. The Memphis club broke camp and has their exhibition with the big club tonight.

Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s minor league action

Hitters

Bruce Caldwell (3B), Sgf – 2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI

Leo Pina (3B/2B), PB – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R

Dylan Carlson (CF), Peo – 2-for-4, R, 2B

Wadye Ynfante (SS), Peo – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Pitchers

Connor Jones, Sgf – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Ian Oxnevad, PB – 5 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Dailyn Martinez, Peo – 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB

Thoughts

I have Connor Jones starting the season in the Palm Beach Cardinals rotation for the start of 2017. This has him skipping Low-A Peoria, which is not uncommon for former college pitchers. I think Jones could probably fare well at Double-A, but there is currently a logjam there. Kyle Reis and I disagree on the future of Connor Jones. I think he becomes a solid MLB pitcher, while Kyle is a little more down on him.

Ian Oxnevad had a strong 2016 season with the Rookie Level Johnson City Cardinals and is probably in the 30-50 prospect range, but is definitely on the upswing. I think there is a good chance he starts the season in Peoria, but again pitching depth may push him to extended spring.

Dylan Carlson has an oustide chance to start the season at Low-A Peoria, but I think it’s around 20-30%. He struggled some last year with the Gulf Coast Cards before turning it on late in the season. It may be a good sign for Carlson if we see aggressive promotions of Eli Alvarez and Mags Sierra.

There will be two minor league games on Thursday as the Cardinals High-A and Low-A clubs will take on their Marlins counterparts at Roger Dean. The Triple-A and Double-A clubs have broken camp and are preparing for their exhibitions with the big club.

John
Father, husband, teacher who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Grew up in St. Louis and has been a huge Cards fan as long as I can remember.
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