This Week in the Minors - April 25, 2005

A weekly snapshot of the Cardinals minor league system.

The Cardinals minor league teams were fifty/fifty this week with Memphis and Quad Cities both having winning weeks while Springfield and Palm Beach did not. The best results were obtained by the Swing.

AAA – Memphis Redbirds
Overall Record – 8 - 9
Weekly Record – 4 - 3
Current Standing – Fourth, one and one-half games behind Nashville (Brewers)
Who's HotChris Duncan is this week's offensive star. He batted .455/.478/.773 with five runs batted in and scored four runs. Kevin Jarvis is our Memphis pitcher of the week, pitching a seven-inning complete game while not giving up an earned run on three hits. His weekly WHIP was a miniscule 0.72 and his cumulative ERA stands at 0.56.
Who's NotScott Seabol continues his dismal hitting, going .222/.214/.370 for the week with six strikeouts in twenty-seven at bats. Tyler Johnson went from "Hot" to "Not" in one mere week. This week's numbers were two and one-third innings pitched, six hits, six runs (all earned), one walk and three strikeouts for a 23.08 weekly ERA.
Transactions – 4/17/05 - Acquired RHR Shawn Sedlacek, fourteenth round-1998 Draft by Royals, from Colorado Springs (Rockies), RHR Bob File to DL, OF Dee Haynes activated from DL; 4/18/05 - C Brad Cresse optioned to Springfield; 4/20/05 - LHR Carmen Cali optioned from St. Louis; 4/21/05 – Dee Haynes to DL (thumb), OF Raul Gonzalez activated from DL; 4/23/05 – RHR Bob File activated from DL and given unconditional release, C Cody McKay to DL (broken wrist), C Brad Cresse recalled from AA Springfield; 4/24/05 – RHS Nerio Rodriguez to DL, Signed LHR Gabe White
Summary - Memphis improved their overall record slightly this week. Tyler Johnson gave up his first runs of the season on Monday when he coughed up a two-run homer ball. It was a prelude of things to come for poor Tyler. Dee Haynes returned to action briefly and appeared in two games before injuring his thumb and going back on the DL. Such seems to be the story of Dee's career to date. Skip Schumaker had an 11-game hitting streak end in the first game of a double header on Thursday. He then started another one in the second game of Thursday's double header which currently stands at a modest four games. Adam Wainwright shut down the New Orleans Zephyrs for the second time in a week and defeated rehabbing Tony Armas in the process. John Nelson had an excellent week offensively, batting .400/.444/.680 in twenty-five at bats.
Upcoming Week – vs. third-place Omaha Royals on the 25th and 26th; vs. fifth-place Iowa Cubs from 28th through May 1st.

AA – Springfield Cardinals
Overall Record – 6 - 11
Weekly Record – 2 -5
Current Standing – Tied for third, five games behind Arkansas ( Angels) and Tulsa (Rockies)
Who's HotShaun Boyd edged out Tyler Minges for offensive honors this week. Shaun batted .423/.559/.462 with three steals and eight walks. Springfield's closer, Josh Kinney, is putting together a very nice spring campaign so far. This week Josh pitched four innings without giving up a run while allowing three hits and one walk. Kinney has allowed only one earned run in ten innings pitched so far this season.
Who's NotReid Gorecki needs to use one of his fellow outfielders' bats, preferably Minges or Boyd, because his bat is nearly silent. Reid went just .120/.290/.120 with five strikeouts in twenty-five at bats. Righty starter Jordan Pals just "beat" fellow starter Buddy Blair for the "Not" dishonors by allowing seven earned runs in only three and two-thirds innings this week. In fact thanks to Pals and Blair, the rotation's weekly ERA stood at 7.15. It is difficult to win many when you are giving up that many runs in two of your five rotation spots.
Transactions - 4/18/05 - C Gabe Johnson to DL (knee), C Brad Cresse optioned from Memphis; 4/23/05 - C Brad Cresse recalled to AAA Memphis, C Jason Motte called up from High-A Palm Beach
Summary – Springfield started the week out on the right foot by rallying for seven runs to defeat the Wichita Wranglers 9-6. However, they received the bad news that catcher Gabe Johnson, .346/.452/.385, broke his knee cap and required surgery. Johnson is expected to be out eight-to-ten weeks. Oscar Alvarez pitched a shutout going into the seventh Wednesday night and looked dominant to that point. (He did tire and give up a three-run home run in the seventh.) Alvarez is a 25-year-old lefty originally out of the Cleveland organization. Opposing batters are hitting only .197 against him but Alvarez needs to work on his control as his K/BB ratio is 0.833. Lefty reliever Shane Wallace lost Saturday's extra-inning game when working his third inning.
Upcoming Week – at first-place Tulsa Drillers on the 25th and 26th; vs. fourth-place (West division) Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) from 28th through May 1st.

High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
Overall Record – 8 - 9
Weekly Record – 3 - 4
Current Standing – Tied for fourth, two games behind Jupiter (Marlins)
Who's Hot – SS Brendan Ryan gets the offensive honors for the second consecutive week by hitting .370/.414/.630 with two walks. RHR Cory Doyne pitched three innings without allowing a run while striking out five and walking none. Doyne has not given up a run since his call-up from Quad Cities.
Who's Not – It is difficult to get a "Hot" and "Not" in the same week but Brendan Ryan has the dubious distinction of doing just that. On Saturday he single-handedly cost Palm Beach a win and saddled Stuart Pomerantz with a loss by making three errors over two innings, resulting in six unearned runs. RHR Roberto Batista allowed three earned runs in three innings worked for a weekly ERA of 9.00.
Transactions - 4/23/05 - C Jason Motte called up to AA Springfield.
Summary – Defense, or the lack thereof, was the watchword this week in Palm Beach as the Cardinal defense gave up a whopping twelve unearned runs. This directly led to two of Palm Beach's four losses. Stuart Pomerantz rebounded on Saturday from a poor outing on Monday, six innings pitched with nine hits and five runs allowed – all earned, by giving up only one earned run in five innings pitched. However, the previously mentioned defensive lapses by Brendan Ryan, along with Matt Dryer, meant that Pomerantz got the loss. Charles Bechtel did well on Tuesday by allowing only three runs, all unearned, in five innings. The unearned runs came as a result of first baseman John Santor's missed catch. However, Bechtel did contribute to the runs scoring by hitting Justin Ruggiano and walking Trey Dyson to load the bases before giving up a bases-clearing double. Dyson is hitting .091 so far. Tyler Adamczyk had a hard-luck loss on Wednesday by giving up only one earned run in six innings pitched. Chris Lambert pitched Palm Beach back into the win column the next night by scattering six hits over five innings while giving up two runs, both earned, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Upcoming Week – vs. 6th and last-place Brevard Manatees (Brewers) on the 25th and 26th; vs. third-place Daytona Cubs from 27th through 29th; at Brevard Manatees on the 30th and May 1st.

Low-A – Quad Cities Swing
Overall Record – 7 - 8
Weekly Record – 5 - 0
Current Standing – Fourth, five games behind Wisconsin (Mariners)
Who's Hot – OF Derry Hammond hit .368/.478/.526 in his first full week with the Swing since being signed to a contract. LHS Eric Haberer continues to impress this week by allowing only one earned run in seven innings to go with two strikeouts and no walks for a weekly ERA of 1.29 and his year-to-date ERA is 0.92.
Who's Not – SS Matt Shepherd hit only .188 this week but did manage to post a .381 OBP. RHS Dennis Dove, third round-2003 draft, gave up six earned runs and four walks in five innings pitched. His ERA for the week is 10.80.
Transactions – 4/23/05 - RHS Matt Scherer, sixteenth round-2004 draft, assigned from extended spring training; RHR Miguel Aguero transferred to extended spring training
Summary – Break up the Swing! They went undefeated this week and definitely showed the results of some roster changes. The highlight of the week came on Tuesday when catcher Brandon Yarbrough, fifth round-2003 draft, had a game that ballplayers dream about by hitting for the cycle, a game in which the Swing fought back from a 10-7 deficit to win 14-10 in eleven innings. The cycle sequence was a double to center in second inning, solo shot home run to center in fifth inning, triple to right in the eighth and an infield single in the eleventh inning. He also walked and struck out, scored four runs with three RBI's. Nine of the fourteen Swing runs scored with two outs, including all four in the eleventh inning. The pitching staff struck out fourteen. Sidearmer Mike Sillman has slid into the closer role and remains unscored upon nine and one-third innings so far this season. On Saturday the Swing moved some pitching around by sending RHR Miguel Aguero to extended spring training and receiving RHS Matt Scherer in return. The Swing then moved RHS Justin Brown, he of the 162.00 ERA, to the bullpen. Probably the smartest decision the Swing made this week was to not allow either Aguero or Brown to pitch. Scherer started on Sunday and immediately paid dividends by pitching five and one-third innings of five hit, one run baseball. He also struck out six while walking only one.
Upcoming Week – vs. last-place (Eastern division) Dayton Dragons (Reds) on the 25th and 26th; vs. second-place Clinton LumberKings (Rangers) on the 27th; vs. fifth-place Cedar Rapids Kernels (Angels) from 28th through May 1st.

The Stat Sheet
Now that the season is truly underway, we will give you some offensive and defensive statistics that are not readily available elsewhere. This week we will focus on pitching. The top two starters and relievers, per category, will be given at each level. All stats given are year-to-date.

WHIP Leaders
RHS Kevin Jarvis – 1.06 WHIP in 16 IP
RHS Anthony Reyes – 1.15 WHIP in 18.1 IP
LHR Carmen Cali – 0.86 in 7 IP
RHR Jeremy Cummings and LHR Tyler Johnson (tie) – 1.41 WHIP in 5.2 IP

LHS Randy Leek – 0.96 WHIP in 23 IP
LHS Oscar Alvarez – 1.36 WHIP in 18.1 IP
RHR Nick Stocks – 0.50 WHIP in 4 IP (Stocks has seen limited use but no reason has been made public)
RHR Josh Kinney – 0.90 WHIP in 10 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Chris Lambert – 1.07 WHIP in 15 IP
RHS Tyler Adamczyk – 1.17 WHIP in 18 IP
RHR Cory Doyne – 0.50 WHIP in 6 IP
RHR Roberto Batista – 0.90 WHIP in 10 IP

Quad Cities
LHS Eric Haberer – 0.87 WHIP in 19.2 IP
RHS Dennis Dove – 1.18 WHIP in 17 IP
LHR Kevin Ool – 0.67 WHIP in 9 IP
LHR Jackson Paz – 0.90 WHIP in 6.2 IP

K/BB Leaders
RHS Adam Wainwright – 7.5/1 in 20 IP
RHS Anthony Reyes – 4.75/1 in 18.1 IP
LHR Tyler Johnson – 8/1 in 5.2 IP
LHR Carmen Cali – 4/1 in 7 IP

LHS Randy Leek – 5/1 in 23 IP
RHS Jordan Pals – 2/1 in 14 IP
RHR Josh Kinney – 9/1 in 10 IP
RHR Nick Stocks – 5/1 in 4 IP

Palm Beach
RHS Chris Lambert – 4/1 in 15 IP
RHS Mark Michael – 1.6/1 in 16.2 IP
RHR Jose Garcia – 6/1 in 16.2 IP
RHR Cory Doyne – 4.5/1 in 6 IP

Quad Cities
LHS Eric Haberer – 8/1 in 19.2 IP
RHS Mike Parisi – 3.75/1 in 19 IP
RHR Jaymie Torres – 9/1 in 8.2 IP
LHR Jackson Paz – 6/1 in 6.2 IP

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