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St. Louis Cardinals: Oscar Mercado homers

There were just two games in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league system on Sunday and both shared the same result as the big club, losses. Memphis fell to Oklahoma City 3-2, while Springfield was crushed by Midland 9-4. Here are the highlights from Sunday’s minor league action.

Oklahoma City 3
Memphis 2

Breyvic Valera 1-for-4, RBI

Patrick Wisdom 1-for-3, 2B, R

Paul DeJong 1-for-3

Carson Kelly 1-for-3, 2B, R

Daniel Poncedeleon 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K

Player of the Game: Patrick Wisdom

Midland 9
Springfield 4

Oscar Mercado 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI

Nick Martini 2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI

Adolis Garcia 1-for-4

Eli Alvarez 1-for-3, R, SB

Matt Pearce 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 K

Player of the Game: Oscar Mercado

Oscar Mercado seems like a brand new player this season. Both his defense and his offense look to have improved tremendously. There have been some pretty impressive reports about his defense. Offensively, through 8 games he has a wRC+ of 169. We are obviously working with small samples thus far, but you should probably start watching Mercado more. He has always had the promise, it will be interesting to see if he starts to perform up to expectations.

Daniel Poncedeleon has slightly come back down to earth after his magnificent Triple-A debut last time out. He still was pretty solid on Sunday, but walks came back to bite him. I still think Poncedeleon ends up in the bullpen and could be a valuable asset there in the future.

A check in with top 2nd base prospect Eli Alvarez shows that he is off to a solid start. After 8 games he has a 128 wRC+, but has seen an increase in strikeouts. At 26.5%, Alvarez’s strikeout rate should come down significantly, which would help his already solid offensive numbers.

Matt Pearce walked four batters on Sunday. Last season he made 25 starts between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis and he only walked four batters once in a game and has 10 starts where he walked nobody.

Coming Up Next

On Monday, Memphis and Springfield continue their series’ with Oklahoma City and Midland respectively. Palm Beach is home to face the Tampa Yankees, while Peoria is home to face the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Here is a look at Monday’s Probables:

Memphis – Tyler Lyons

Springfield – Jack Flaherty (2-0, 0.66)

Palm Beach – Jake Woodford (0-0, 0.00)

Peoria – John Kilichowski (0-1, 2.25)

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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