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
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
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
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.