Quad Cities Bandits Notebook: 2012 Week 15

Taking a look at current St. Louis Cardinals who once played for the Midwest League affiliate.

The Quad Cities River Bandits haven't played a home game since July 9, so this writer doesn't have an eye-witness account to write this week. The club went 2-4 this week on a six-game trip to Michigan. Tuesday is another off day as they will return to Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday.

Instead of repeating game reports that have already been posted here, this week I looked at the current active roster of St. Louis to see who is playing in the show now but played in Davenport on their way to the Majors. Nine of the players on the current 25-man active roster were once here. Two others (Jaime Garcia and Kyle McClellan) are on the 60-day DL.

Lance Lynn was in Davenport for part of 2008. He only appeared in two games for the Bandits. The right-hander was promoted to the Quad Cities in late July and spent the last half of August on the DL. He had a record of 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. In 2009, Lynn moved among Memphis, Palm Beach, and Springfield and was in Memphis for all of 2010. Last year, he spent time in Memphis and St. Louis. Lynn's MLB debut was June 2, 2011, just more than two years after he wore the Bandits' black and red.

Closer Jason Motte played at Modern Woodmen Park in 2005 as a catcher and returned in 2006 as a pitcher. He may be one of the most successful conversions ever in the Cardinals' system. Motte was only in Davenport as a pitcher for a couple of weeks before moving up through the system. His record here was 1-1 with an ERA of 4.97. He made his first appearance in St. Louis in September of 2008, two years after his first official professional pitch.

Cruz in 2007
C Tony Cruz played 49 games in the Quad Cities in 2007. He hit .282 in 195 at bats. The Bandits were only one of four teams for which Tony played that summer. He spent all of 2008 in Palm Beach and 2009 in Springfield. 2010 was another year for him to bounce between three teams. Cruz started last year in Memphis and moved to the show in May of 2011. He has been the back-up back stop all of this year.

INF Matt Carpenter is another former River Bandit. He played in Davenport in 2009 in between stops at Batavia and Palm Beach. In 29 Quad Cities games, Carpenter had 105 at bats and averaged .295. He then spent 2010 in Palm Beach and Springfield. Last year, he started in Memphis and made his MLB debut in early June 2011.

INF Daniel Descalso had a very brief stop in the Quad Cities. He was on the playoff roster in 2007 but didn't record any stats while he was here. By the spring of 2008, he was at Palm Beach and never looked back. Descalso was a September addition to the Cardinals roster in 2010. I hesitated to add this paragraph, but he really WAS here for a few days!

Greene in the powder blues
Tyler Greene arrived in the Quad Cities after playing in Palm Beach. I remember that when he was here I always felt that he was too good to be here. Greene played for the River Bandits for the last half of 2006 and had 15 homers in 59 games. In 2007, the shortstop jumped over Palm Beach and spent a few years moving between Springfield to Memphis. He spent 2009 and 2010 with Memphis and St. Louis, where he played his first MLB game on April 30, 2009. Greene has been in St. Louis all of 2012.

OF Jon Jay joined the River Bandits after the 2006 draft. He was here for the last half of the season. The left-handed batter averaged .342 in 60 games and had 234 at bats. In 2007, Jay started his journey up through the system and made his first move to St Louis in April of 2010. Last year, he played in St. Louis all season and was a part of the championship club.

RHP Joe Kelly pitched for the River Bandits in the summer of 2010. As a starter, his record was 6-8 that summer and his ERA was 4.62. The Bandits were using the tandem starter system then, so Joe started 18 games but appeared in 26; the other eight games were as part of the tandem. He struck out 92 batters in 102.1 innings and allowed only three home runs all summer. Last year, he started in Palm Beach and was promoted to Springfield around mid season. He made his MLB debut this year in what was the fastest track from Davenport to St. Louis before now.

The real reason this story is being written this week is that RHP Trevor Rosenthal has been promoted to the Cards' bullpen just 10 months after being the go-to pitcher and helping the River Bandits win their first Midwest League title in 24 years. This is the quickest that any player (other than the occasional rehab start) has made the trip from here to Busch Stadium. Although he did not appear in Monday's win over the Brewers, it was a big night for the young hurler. He is two years younger than anyone else on the roster and he has never played for the Palm Beach Cardinals or the Memphis Redbirds. Congratulations, Mr. Rosenthal! You've made us proud!

Thanks for letting my buttons pop a little as I really am proud of Trevor – he is one of the guys that I've said is going to do great things in the game of baseball because he's a good pitcher, but mostly because he's a heck of a good guy!

I'm looking forward to having the team home for a few games this week and getting back to some scouting reports and interviews. If you have any suggestions or questions, please post them on the forum or send me a private message (sport61201).

Thanks for reading!

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