Insight from Cardinals Instructs: 09/26/14

Friday news from the St. Louis Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida. Alex Reyes is scheduled to start against the Mets – weather permitting.

The rains continue to disrupt the St. Louis Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida. With heavy precipitation overnight and a new deluge that started at 8:00 a.m., the players cannot get on the fields for morning workouts.

The 1:00 p.m. game was already moved to the main Roger Dean Stadium field in hopes the superior drainage will enable play. The Mets are bussing in from Port St. Lucie for the contest, one of just two this fall against external competition.

Here are the lineups, bench players and pitching plans for the day.

Lineup Pos   Pitchers Inn/NP
McElroy 7   Reyes 2/40
Sierra 8   Flaherty 2/40
Sosa 6   Perdomo 2/40
Wick DH   Santos 2/40
Kelly 2   Polanco 1-2/35
Diekroeger 5   Barraclough 1-2/35
De Leon 3      
Drake  9   Back up  
R Reyes 4   Williams 2/40

What is important for pitchers

Among the stats shared with pitchers and posted on the bulletin board each day for all to see are the pitchers’ game results from the prior day. What is NOT posted are hits, walks, runs, etc., or even velocities.

Instead, the pitchers’ first-pitch strikes are noted as well as efficiency in terms of outs secured of three pitches or less. Other data called out includes percentage of total strikes thrown and first pitch strikes on both curve balls and change ups.

This helps reinforce what the coaches want to see from their young hurlers.

Butler Buoyed

Reliever Keith Butler is among the rehabbers in camp, recovering from Tommy John surgery done at the end of May. The 40-man roster pitcher said he knew his elbow ligament was partly torn but until they opened it up, they did not learn it was 95 percent torn. His current schedule is that he has begun to do light tossing with his return expected to be right around the start of the season plus or minus a couple of weeks.

More sides

Jery Then, who was on the advance schedule to throw a side session, was joined by AFLers Tyrell Jenkins and Chris Perry, as well as Ronnie Williams and Jack Flaherty. Coaches Tim Leveque and Darwin Marrero supervised the work in a light, but steady rain less than two hours before game time. Hitters put in their morning work in the cages.

Friday rainout

The decision was made to cancel Friday’s game due to the inclement weather. The Cards are scheduled to travel to Port St. Lucie next Friday in their only road trip of fall camp, weather permitting, of course.

Sohn Progressing

Out with an injury since shortly after signing and reporting to State College, infielder Andrew Sohn was able to avoid surgery. The sixth-rounder from this June’s draft is currently rehabbing in Jupiter and is making good progress in his recovery.

The specific injury was a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL, also known as medial collateral ligament) in his right, throwing elbow.

What is Next

Based on the weather and what transpires, I will be back this afternoon, hopefully with more news and a game recap added to this article.

Look for an extensive series of player and coach interviews from Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter in the upcoming days. They will include Mike Shildt, Derrick May, Oscar Mercado, Malik Collymore, Carson Kelly, Mason Katz, Alex Reyes, Ronnie Williams, Bryan Dobzanski, Jack Flaherty, Rowan Wick, Chris Rivera, Andrew Morales and Jery Then.

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