Minor League Day in 12 Photos

A dozen shots taken at the Memphis and Springfield games on Tuesday.

The Memphis and Springfield games were the only Cardinals contests held at the Roger Dean Stadium complex on Tuesday, but there were plenty of opportunities to catch up-and-coming organization prospects.

Following are a dozen photos of these youngsters in action.

Third baseman Travis Hanson legs out a hit for Memphis. He told me that he is thrilled to have worked with Scott Rolen while up with the big club for the first two weeks.

Oft-injured prospect Blake Hawksworth allowed two runs for Springfield. One was a wind-aided home run and the other was on a legitimate triple and a sacrifice fly.

A member of the 40-man roster, outfielder Reid Gorecki is looking for a redemption this year after enduring a disappointing 2005. He is 6-for-16 (.375) in early action. This at-bat was for Springfield.

Shortstop John Nelson shows his hitting form for Memphis. He only had six at-bats coming into the day, with one hit.

In the Memphis game, outfielder Nick Stavinoha demonstates the swing that generated 14 home runs in 250 at-bats in his debut for Quad Cities last year. Our #16 prospect is 5-for-15 with one long ball so far this spring.

New to the system, lefty Sam Walton pitches for Memphis. He was signed to a minor league deal in November. With a name like that, you didn't think I would leave Sam out, would you?

Once Walton and the other pitchers finish their mound stint, they do individual running, but in between, they spend some quality time with the medicine ball. Cards Player Development Director Bruce Manno watches from the background.

Pitcher Mark Michael shows why we ranked him the #26 prospect in the Cardinals' system here at Scout.com. He was pitching for Springfield on Tuesday.

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir takes an at-bat for Springfield. Coming into the day, he was hitting just .133 this spring.

Pitcher Josh Kinney got some mound action for Memphis. Both Michael and Kinney tossed two hitless innings their first time out.

Memphis outfielder Prentice Redman is so darned fast that this is the only shot of him I could take. He is hitting just 3-for-19 (.158) in early action, but has swiped a base already.

Wednesday's scheduled pitcher for Springfield is 2004 first-rounder Chris Lambert. An hour after Tuesday's game, he is putting in extra time on the exercise bike.

I hope you enjoyed Tuesday's photographic action.

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Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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