1. Anthony Reyes – The Cardinals top prospect pitched his first career complete game on Sunday, allowing only 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 7 and walking none.
It was the second time in 11 days that Reyes had beaten the Iowa Cubs. In 16 innings pitched against them, Reyes allowed only two runs and nine hits, struck out 14, and did not walk a single batter.
"When your stuff's the way you want it to be and you've faced a team already that you pretty much know the hitters, it gives the pitcher a little bit more of an advantage," Reyes told the Des Moines Register. "I made pitches and they got themselves out."
The win improved the 23-year-old righthander to 4-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 41.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 40 and walked only 6 while allowing only 29 hits. His 40 Ks tie him for first in the Pacific Coast league with teammate Chris Gissell.
2. Adam Wainwright – Two days before Reyes pitched the first complete game of his career, Wainwright pitched 7 innings, allowing only 1 run on 7 hits while striking out 7 and walking only 1, lowering his ERA to 1.96. The win ran his record to 3-1. The 23-year-old righthander has struck out 34 and walked only 5.
Memphis Redbirds pitching coach Dyar Miller said Wainwright is a different pitcher from the one that in 12 starts last season in his Triple-A debut went 4-4 with a career-high 5.37 ERA before suffering strained ligaments in his right elbow that ended his season in early June.
''He's a much better pitcher than he was last year,'' Miller recently told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. ''He's made giant steps. I think every game he's pitched, he probably could have finished the game. He's been efficient with his pitches.
''His mechanics have gotten better, just his whole approach to the game. He went from being a minor league pitcher to being a big leaguer, just the way he approaches his work habits to the way he approaches the game on the mound and the way he approaches the hitters. He's in a good routine. He's pretty solid right now.''
3. Blake Hawksworth – Hawksworth is currently down in Jupiter, Fla., at extended spring training and has yet to appear in a game this season. The 22-year-old is still recovering from surgery he underwent on July 3 to repair a partially torn labrum and remove loose cartilage.
There is no set timetable as to when he might return, but I have been told anywhere from a couple weeks until possibly the All-Star break. He will likely return to Palm Beach when he is healthy.
4. Chris Lambert – The Cardinals top draft pick last June out of Boston College improved his record to 5-0 on Saturday, pitching 6.2 shutout innings, allowing only 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2 for High-A Palm Beach. The win lowered his ERA to 1.87, and in 33.2 innings pitched on the season, the 22-year-old righthander has struck out 30 and walked 9.
5. Stuart Pomeranz – The 20-year-old got off to somewhat of a slow start this season but appears to be heating up in his last couple of starts. On Monday, Pomeranz shutout Fort Myers for 8 innings. He struck out 8, allowed 8 hits, and did not walk a batter. While his record is only1-4, he has a 3.13 ERA in 37.1 innings while striking out 20 and walking 7.
News and notes
• Don't be surprised to see Gabe White called up from Memphis next time the Cardinals need a lefthander in the bullpen.
White, signed to a minor league contract on April 24, has not allowed a run while striking out 7 and walking only 1 in 7 appearances (5.1 innings) since being signed.
• Jeremy Cummings has joined the starting rotation at Memphis after the Cardinals released 34-year-old Neiro Rodriguez.
Cummings is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings since being activated from extended spring training on April 14.
This will be the first time that the 26-year-old Moylan will advance past Double-A. It will be Motte's second stint at Springfield after he was previously called up on April 23 to replace the injured Brad Cresse.
• On Sunday, the Cardinals released 26-year-old pitcher Nick Stocks.
The once-promising prospect was 0-1 with a 12.71 ERA in 8 games for Double-A Springfield.
• Mark Michael was removed after only three innings on Sunday after feeling a "click" in his elbow in the later part of the third inning. He felt no pain, but was removed as a precautionary measure. Michael is on schedule to make his next start, but was scheduled to see a doctor on Tuesday.
Michael's season ended on July 26 last season due to a frayed rotator cuff and a small ligament tear that later required surgery. In 20 starts before the injury, Michael was 6-6 with a 3.36 ERA and a 95/39 K/BB ratio in 121 innings pitched for Low-A Peoria.
The 22-year-old is currently 1-2 with a 3.34 ERA and 22/17 K/BB ratio in 29.2 innings for High-A Palm Beach.
• Lefthanded pitcher Kevin Ool, one of the two players received by the Cardinals in the Mike Myers trade to Boston, is 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 14/1 K/BB ratio in 17.1 innings pitched for the Swing of Quad Cities. The 24-year-old is tied for the league lead in wins.
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