Springfield has Thursday off and resumes play at home on Friday against the Wichita Wranglers who have an identical over-all record of 15-18 to match the Cardinals. The two Texas League teams are tied for third place in the eastern division with the Tulsa Drillers claiming first place, and the Arkansas Travelers in second. Game time is 7:10 p.m. and can be heard on JOCK 98.7 FM or on line by clicking the link on the Springfield Cardinals website at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
Though the St. Louis Cardinals are watching all of the Double-A Springfield players, it is no secret that the parent club has its eyes trained a little sharper on a few specific team members. Rick Ankiel, Reid Gorecki and Aaron Herr's names have all been tossed around by the St. Louis management as potential big league stars, but it is a rather unknown player that is the brightest spot in the Springfield Cardinals line-up. Tyler Minges, who sports number 26 on his jersey, and is a staple in right field, is currently batting .345 in 113 ABs compared to Ankiel's .050 in nine ABs, Gorecki's .174 in 125 ABs, and Herr's .182 in 44 ABs.
Minges has played in 32 games, scored 23 times on 39 singles, 10 doubles, one triple and six home runs. He has driven in 20 RBIs.
Ankiel, on the other hand, has appeared in six games, scored zero times, has one single, no doubles, no triples and no home runs. He also has no RBIs.
Gorecki, the teams centerfielder, has played in 31 games, scored nine times, has hit 19 singles, five doubles, no triples and has hit three home runs and has a total of 13 RBIs.
Second baseman, Aaron Herr, (son of former St. Louis Cardinal second baseman Tommy Herr) played in 11 games, has scored twice, hit eight singles, three doubles, no triples and no home runs. He has two RBIs.
Minges, who was signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent on December 20, 2004, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and played high school baseball at Ross High School in Hamilton, Ohio.
Minges, who has played in various minor league venues since 1998, had an over-all minor league batting average of .242 before joining the Cardinals. He played in 654 games, had 2377 ABs, hit 576 singles, 112 doubles, 35 triples, 60 home runs and had a total of 302 RBIs.
Fans in Springfield are in no hurry to lose Minges. But, if like my grandmother always said "numbers don't lie," then the spotlight could shift from the well-knowns to the should-be-knowns rather quickly. If 6'3, 235 pound Larry Walker goes down in right field, he could very well be replaced by 6'0, 185 pound Tyler Minges--if the scouts are on their toes.