This Week in the Minors - April 27, 2006

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This Week in the Minors

April 26, 2006

This week saw Memphis still firmly entrenched in last place, six games out, despite a winning week. After the hole they have dug themselves, it is going to take a lot more than being one game over .500 for the week to make a move. Springfield moved from a three-way tie to a two-way tie for first with the Tulsa Drillers. Palm Beach moved from three games back and third to one and one-half games back of Brevard County and second place. Quad Cities had a sorry week and sank from a three-way tie for first to a tie for fourth, three games behind Kane County.

I am going to get this correction right after two reports – Joe Mather is not a converted catcher but Ty Parker is. If you understand this correction well you win the ‘good reader' award for the week. If not, never mind.

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AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 5 - 13
Weekly Record – 4 - 3
Current Standing – Last, six games behind the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee)

The Roster
Transactions – 04/21/06 – 1B Juan Diaz given his unconditional release, 1B/C Gabe Johnson optioned to Springfield, LHP Tyler Johnson activated from the disabled list, OF Timo Perez' minor league contract purchased from Cincinnati Reds; 04/23/06 – INF Desi Relaford signed to a minor league contract but not activated
On the DL front – LHS Chris Narveson (shoulder), RHS Rhett Parrott (shoulder), RHR John Riedling (upper back)

Current Week Team Batting – .206/.279/.321/.600
Cumulative Team Batting – .243/.313/.356/.669

Current RotationRandy Leek, Anthony Reyes, Dennis Tankersley, Brad Voyles, John Webb
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 4.39 ERA and 1.59 WHIP: 20 earned runs, 53 hits and 12 walks in 41 innings pitched

Current BullpenAlan Benes, Carmen Cali, Brian Falkenborg, Tyler Johnson, Josh Kinney, Frank Perez, Matt Smith
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 5.15 ERA and 1.19 WHIP: 12 earned runs, 19 hits and 6 walks in 21 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.76 and 1.46 WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHR Brian Falkenborg figured all four of the Redbirds' wins this week with a win and three saves. His line: 4 G, 0 GS, 3 SV, 1-0, 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.35 WHIP, .105 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS John Webb's line this week: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-2, 10.1 IP, 18 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 8 SO, 6.10 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, .375 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – OF John Gall, for the third report in a row. This week he went .423/.464/.692/1.157, 11-for-26 in seven games with two doubles, one triple, one home run and five rbi's
Who's Hittin' Not – 3B Travis Hanson, for the third report in a row. Hanson went .095/.174/.143/.317, 2-for-21 in seven games

Of Note – Offense/Defense
The competition for the ‘Battin' Not' category was pretty stiff this week, unfortunately, with eleven of fifteen position players with official at bats hitting below the Mendoza line. Two of them were Larry Bigbie and Junior Spivey.
Larry Bigbie's rehab assignment started on Monday. He has priority in playing left field with Chris Duncan moving into the DH role for now. Duncan has not played first base at all this season.
Speaking of Mr. Duncan, he was John Gall's chief competition for this week's ‘Battin' Hot' nod. Duncan went .385/.467/.462/.928 but in only five games and thirteen at bats.
And finally to Junior Spivey. He batted lead-off this week, going .087/.276/.087/.363, 2-for-23 in seven games. He did draw six walks to go with six strikeouts. Defensively, a trusted eye-witness account said that he is not getting to balls that both Bo Hart and Stubby Clapp did. Ouch.

Of Note – Pitching
Starter Brad Voyles' line so far this season: 3 G, 3GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 18 IP, 17 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 13 SO, 1.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .258 BAA
Reliever Josh Kinney also deserves a mention for his work this week. He appeared in two games, three and two-thirds innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits while striking out three and walking none. 0.00 ERA, 0.55 WHIP, .154 BAA

Prospect Watch
Shaun Boyd – went .190/.227/.190/.418, 4-for-21 in six games with one strikeout and a hit-by-pitch.
Carmen Cali – appeared in three games this week for a total of two innings. He allowed one run, earned, on two hits and two walks and two strikeouts. 4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, .286 BAA
Tyler Johnson – came off the disabled list on Friday and made his only appearance of the week during Saturday's game. He only retired one batter while giving up five runs, all earned, on four hits and one walk, including a grand slam. 136.36 ERA, 15.15 WHIP, .800 BAA
Anthony Reyes – picked up his first win of 2006 on Friday when he allowed three runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings. For the week Reyes held hitters to a .231 batting average but he had more outs by fly balls than ground balls for the first time this season.

Upcoming Week – at Omaha Royals 24th and 25th, at Iowa Cubs 27th through 30th

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AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 11 - 6
Weekly Record – 5 - 2
Current Standing – Tied for first with the Tulsa Drillers (Colorado)

The Roster
Transactions – 04/17/06 - C Dan Moylan placed on 7-day Disabled List, C Jason Motte called up from Palm Beach; 04/19/06 – IF Rayner Laya placed on the 7-day Disabled List; 04/21/06 – IF Juan Richardson activated from the Disabled List; 04/23/06 - 1B/C Gabe Johnson optioned from Memphis, C Jason Motte optioned to Palm Beach
On the DL front – IF Rayner Laya (left pinkie), Dan Moylan (right hand), SS Brendan Ryan (left wrist)
As mentioned briefly in last week's report, Dan Moylan was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a deep bone bruise in his right hand. He sustained the injury due to a foul tip while catching the Cardinals' game on the 16th. Jason Motte was called up from Palm Beach to take his back-up catcher slot but Motte was sent back to Palm Beach when Gabe Johnson was optioned to Springfield from Memphis. The Cardinals placed infielder Rayner Laya on the disabled list on Wednesday with a sprained left pinkie finger.

Current Week Team Batting – .263/368/.459/.827
Cumulative Team Batting – .292/.368/.508/.876

Current RotationChris Lambert, Jordan Pals, Mike Parisi, Stuart Pomeranz, Rich Rundles
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.57 ERA and 1.34 WHIP: 16 earned runs, 4 hits and 15 walks in 40.1 innings pitched

Current BullpenAndy Cavazos, Cory Doyne, Kevin Ool, Chris Russ, Rich Scalamandre, Samuel Walton, Mark Worrell
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 2.38 ERA and 0.84 WHIP: 6 earned runs, 15 hits and 4 walks in 22.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.56 ERA and 1.27 WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Mike Parisi's line this week: 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1.35 ERA, 1.20 WHIP but a .292 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Chris Lambert's weekly line: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 8.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 11 SO, 6.23 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and .294 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – 3B Rico Washington went .471/.679/.882/1.561, 8-for-17 in seven games with two doubles, one triple, one home run, ten walks, one stolen base and only one strikeout
Who's Hittin' Not – 1B Matt Dryer went .118/.211/.176/.387, 2-for-17 in six games with five strikeouts and two walks

Of Note – Overall
Springfield's excellent start got me thinking about the ‘Palm Beach' influence. Seventeen of Springfield's 24-man roster, for the past week, spent time at Palm Beach last season. Nine of Palm Beach's championship squad are now on the Springfield club, five position players and four pitchers. Such prior experience together cannot help but build a more cohesive clubhouse than would otherwise be the case. This club also has a core of players that know how to win in the clutch. Should be interesting to see how their season plays out.
First baseman/catcher Gabe Johnson's transfer from Memphis to Springfield this past week is a good opportunity to point out that transaction dates on the same player may not be the same at the different levels involved. Johnson was optioned from Memphis to Springfield on April 21st but he was not activated on the Springfield roster until April 23rd. Subsequently, there may be different transaction dates for the same player in future reports.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Nick Stavinoha's walk-off home run won Thursday's game. Afterwards, he spoke with The Springfield News-Leader's Kary Booher about his hitting: ‘This is a league where you have to work hard for your hits. You look at at-bats and how you handle pitches and how you're taking pitches. There is so much more involved than just hits. If you get wrapped up in averages and a numbers game, that's a hard hole to get out of.' What a mature attitude. Unfortunately for Stavinoha, he strained a hamstring rounding third base early in Friday's game and sat out the rest of the week-end. He is day-to-day. First baseman Juan Diaz' release at Memphis was ‘good news' for Springfield first baseman Matt Dryer. The Cardinals released Diaz, who went .308/.374/.571/.945 in Springfield last year, instead of optioning him to Springfield which would likely have displaced Dryer. As mentioned previously, Dryer was slated to begin 2006 at Palm Beach with Diaz in Springfield but Brian Daubach's DL stint in Memphis changed those plans. Now Daubach is the Redbirds' first baseman with Dryer in Springfield and 23-year-old Juan Diaz is the odd man out.
Rico Washington got the ‘Hot' nod for the second time in three weeks. Ironically, the only week he did not get the ‘Hot' award in this column is the week he was named the Texas League's Player of the Week.

Of Note – Pitching
Particular notice this week is given to Andy Cavazos and Cory Doyne. Both pitchers have not allowed an earned run to date. Doyne sports a 1.09 WHIP and .200 BAA. On the ‘control' front Doyne walked on batter in five innings this week which is a marked improvement. Cavazos has simply been lethal to opposing batters. He has faced thirty-two batters and allowed one hit and four walks in eight and two-thirds innings over seven appearances. Cavazos has struck out eleven batters and sports a quite stellar 0.58 WHIP and .036 BAA.
Sam Walton did not pitch this week

Prospect Watch
Reid Gorecki - .250/.276/.536/.812, 7-for-28 in seven games with two doubles, two home runs, seven strikeouts, one walk and three stolen bases with one caught stealing and six runs scored.
Cody Haerther - .333/.429/.556/.984, 6-for-18 with one double, one home run, three walks, three strikeouts and three runs scored.
Jarrett Hoffpauir - .208/.240/.375/.615, 5-for-24 in seven games with one double, one home run, one walk, four strikeouts and two runs scored.
Stuart Pomeranz – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .217 BAA
Nick Stavinoha - .294/.294/.588/.882, 5-for-17 in five games with two doubles, one home run, four strikeouts, no walks and three runs scored.
Mark Worrell – 3 G, 0 GS, 1 SV, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 8.11 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, .231 BAA

Upcoming Week – vs. Tulsa Drillers (Colorado) 24th and 25th, at Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston) 26th through 29th, at San Antonio Missions (Seattle) 30th

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High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 11 - 5
Weekly Record – 5 – 1
Current Standing – Second, one and one-half games behind the Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)

The Roster
Transactions - 04/17/06 – C Jason Motte promoted to Springfield, C Brady Toops called up from Extended Spring Training; 04/23/06 – C Jason Motte optioned from Springfield
On the DL front – OF Matt Lemanczyk (swelling in arm)
The placement on the disabled list of Springfield catcher Dan Moylan triggered an upwards domino effect as Palm Beach catcher was called up to replace him on the Double-A roster. Palm Beach then called up catcher Brady Toops from Extended Spring Training. Toops' name appeared on one of Palm Beach's initial rosters but did not appear on the final Opening Day roster. However, Motte returned to Palm Beach before the week's end when catcher/first baseman Gabe Johnson was optioned from Memphis to Springfield.

Current Week Team Batting – .244/.328/.373/.701
Cumulative Team Batting – .259/.340/.402/.742

Current RotationMitch Boggs, Eric Haberer, Blake Hawksworth, Mark Michael, Nick Webber
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.00 ERA and 1.24 WHIP: 11 earned runs, 33 hits and 8 walks in 33 innings pitched

Current BullpenTyler Adamczyk, Dennis Dove, Jose Garcia, Justin Garza, Matt Scherer, Mike Sillman, Zack Zuercher
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 0.78 ERA and 1.09 WHIP: 2 earned runs, 23 hits and 2 walks in 23 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.46 ERA and 1.42 WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – Tough choice this week as two starters shut out the competition. However, a choice must be made and LHS Eric Haberer is it. Haberer's line this week: 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and .154 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Mark Michael's weekly stats: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 9 IP, 15 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 4 BB, 8 SO, 8.00 ERA, 2.11 WHIP and .375 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – For the second week in a row it is first baseman Mike Ferris. He went .333/.417/.619/1.036, 7-for-21 in six games with three doubles, one home run, two walks, nine strikeouts and three runs scored
Who's Hittin' Not – For the second straight week it is shortstop Tyler Greene who went .150/.346/.150/.496, 3-for-20 with six walks, eight strikeouts, two stolen bases, four runs scored and three errors

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Juan Lucena was a strong candidate for this week's ‘Hot' with his .333/.320/.375/.695, 8-for-24 in five games with one double, three strikeouts, one run scored and one error. Overall, Lucena is hitting .281/.299/.344/.642, 18-for-64 with five strikeouts, two walks and three errors.
Ryan Barthelemy continues to provide solid offense, splitting his time between third base and designated hitting. He is batting over .300 and is second on the team with twelve runs scored. Barthelemy will never make the ‘Prospect Watch' portion of this report but deserves mention for his good work.

Of Note – Pitching
Eric Haberer went from ‘Not' to ‘Hot' in the space of one week but that only covers one start. He needs to string a series of good starts together to show that he is back on track and deserves a shot at Springfield.
Blake Hawksworth is pitching well in the early going. He is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and .245 BAA in fifteen innings over three game starts. Hawksworth has allowed only thirteen innings during that time but his strikeout-to-walk ratio is 1.33, eight strikeouts to six walks.
Matt Scherer has struck out seventeen in twelve and two-thirds innings to date. He has walked five during that same span for a 3.40:1 K/BB ratio. On the other side of the pitching ledger, Scherer has given up thirteen hits and batters are hitting .271 against him.

Prospect Watch
Mitch Boggs – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 7 SO, 3.60 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .222 BAA
Blake Hawksworth – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, .150 BAA
Mike Sillman – 3 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 2 SV, 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0.000 BAA
Nick Webber – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1.80 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, .350 BAA

Upcoming Week – vs. Vero Beach Dodgers 24th and 25th, vs. Daytona Cubs 26th through 28th, vs. Vero Beach Dodgers 29th and 30th

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 8 - 9
Weekly Record – 2 – 5
Current Standing – Tied for fourth with the Peoria Chiefs (Cubs), three games behind the Kane County Cougars (Oakland)

The Roster
Transactions – 4/18/06 – OF Yonathan Sivira placed on the suspended list, OF Matt Wilkerson called up from Extended Spring Training;
On the DL frontKyle McClellan (July 2005 Tommy John surgery), Donnie Smith (August 2005 shoulder capsule surgery)
Mark McCormick's start on Wednesday the 19th was skipped with what was termed a ‘minor injury'. He did start Saturday's game with less than stellar results. That start's stats are located in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

Current Week Team Batting – .235/.298/.337/.636
Cumulative Team Batting – .244/.312/.355/.667

Current RotationPhillip Andersen, Adam Daniels, Jaime Garcia, Mark McCormick, Cory Meacham, Kyle Sadlowski*
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 6.23 ERA and 1.71 WHIP: 21 earned runs, 34 hits and 18 walks in 30.1 innings pitched

Current Bullpen – Danny Borne, Jason Cairns, Trey Hearne, Jon Mikrut, Kyle Sadlowski*, Matt Trent, Scott Vander Weg, Jeremy Zick
*Pitched both in the rotation and bullpen this week so included in both groups
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.55 ERA and 1.55 WHIP: 16 earned runs, 33 hits and 16 walks in 31.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.35 ERA and 1.41 WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – Two Swing relievers that have not allowed an earned run so far: LHR Danny Borne and RHR/Closer Scott Vander Weg. Check the ‘Pitching' section below for their stats.
Who's Pitchin' Not – LHS Adam Daniels' year-to-date line: 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 1-2, 16 IP, 17 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 5.63 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .270 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – Centerfielder Colby Rasmus is heating up after a frigid start. This week he went .367/.387/.567/.954, 11-for-30 in seven games with three triples, one home run, four rbi's, two runs scored and two stolen bases in two attempts. He also committed two errors.
Who's Hittin' Not – First baseman Adam Rodgers went .160/.300/.160/.460, 4-for-25 in seven games with five walks and five strikeouts

Of Note – Overall
The Swing rotation lost two starters on the 25th when Phillip Andersen and Cory Meacham both went on the disabled list. Andersen, who has been unable to duplicate last season's excellent numbers, left Monday evening's game with a sprained right elbow. Meacham tossed three scoreless innings last Sunday, the 23rd, before walking the bases full in his last inning of work. He has right shoulder soreness. The Swing has called up two pitchers and one position player: 2005 starter Josh Wilson, a second round '05 draft pick; 2005 reliever Ashley Hooks, a non-drafted free agent signee last June; and middle infielder Jose Martinez, out of Venezuela. Hooks and Martinez were activated immediately but Wilson is not expected to be activated until Friday when Meacham's slot in the rotation comes up. All of these transactions will appear in next week's report and more on the call ups is discussed below.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
On of the surprises, at least in some quarters, this Spring was Jose Martinez starting in Extended Spring Training rather than making the Swing squad outright. Well, it did not take him long to reach Quad Cities. For the time being he takes a pitcher's roster slot. Position-wise, I expect him to replace Cal Hayes at second base. Hayes is batting a dismal .149/.231/.170/.401, 7-for-47 with a whopping six errors. He is my most likely candidate for being replaced when Wilson is activated on Friday. Another possibility is Casey Rowlett who is off to a .sparkling .146/.239/.244/.483 start. Rowlett is a much lower draft pick than is Hayes, 32nd vs. 2nd round, which works against him. On the other hand, Rowlett played every position but catcher and pitcher last season so offers more flexibility than does Hayes. Hayes is the high-end draft pick so I expect him to, at best, be sent to Extended Spring Training to work on things rather than languish on the Swing bench.

Of Note – Pitching
It will be interesting to see how the Swing rotation shakes out with two starters going on the DL and Wilson being the only call-up that started last year. Wilson is expected to slide into Meacham's slot on Friday night. Andersen's turn comes on Saturday. If Meacham's injury is considered short-term, something handled by a skipped start, the Swing will likely go with a bullpen-by-committee start on Saturday like they did last Wednesday with McCormick. With a scheduled day off coming next Wednesday, the Swing would not need a fifth starter until Monday, May 8th. Otherwise, next Wednesday's off-day allows Meacham to be slotted back into the rotation at any point after then.
Another possibility is that Hooks is being converted into a starter but that is not as likely a scenario as the one outlined in the previous paragraph. I expect Hooks to move into the bullpen with another reliever going to Extended Spring training, most likely when Meacham is activated. In the meantime, I expect a position player to go off the active roster when Wilson is activated for Friday's game.
A general note: The ‘Current Rotation' and ‘Current Bullpen' listings include all pitchers that contributed to the current week's pitching statistics, whether they are on the active roster at week's end or not.
Danny Borne's season-to-date season line: 7 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 10 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.09 ERA, 3.33 K/BB, .192 BAA
Scott Vander Weg's stats so far: 6 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 3 SV, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 3.50 K/BB, .208 ERA
Borne is a non-drafted free agent signee last season and Vander Weg was drafted in the thirty-third round last year. Let's hear it for the overachievers.

Prospect Watch
Bryan Andersen – went .333/.500/.417/.917, 4-for-12 in four games with one double, three runs scored, four walks and one strikeout
Jaime Garcia – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 6 IP 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 3.50 K/BB, .217 BAA
Mark McCormick – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 2 SO, 8.08 ERA, 2.69 WHIP, 0.50 K/BB, .313 BAA
A.J. Van Slyke – went .226/.250/.258/.508, 7-for-31 in seven games with one double, two runs scored, one walk, three strikeouts and one caught stealing
Brandon Yarbrough - .235/.278/.412/.690, 4-for-17 in five games with one double, one triple, four runs scored, one walk and eight strikeouts

Upcoming Week – at Fort Wayne Wizards (San Diego) 24th, vs. Beloit Snappers (Minnesota) 25th through 28th, vs. Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto) 29th and 30th

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Short-A – State College Spikes
League Affiliation - fourteen-team New York-Penn League, six-team McNamara division

The Roster

Of Note – Overall
Jason Scott has updated our State College and Johnson City rosters to reflect the St. Louis Cardinals' current assignments so they are included here. Jason, in addition to his "Prospect Report", is The Birdhouse's main minor league roster guru.

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Short-A – Johnson City Cardinals
League Affiliation - ten-team Appalachian League, five-team West division

The Roster

Of Note – Overall
As mentioned in the State College section, the Johnson City roster has been updated to reflect the St. Louis Cardinals' current assignments. This does not necessarily mean that the players currently assigned to these teams will automatically begin the 2006 season at this level. Much will depend on their performances at Extended Spring Training coupled with other players' performances and injuries on the squads currently active.

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Extended Spring Training

Transactions – 04/21/06 – C Craig Newton given his unconditional release, LHP Troy Cate placed on the restricted list

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