This Week in the Minors – May 26 - Part One

One of our most popular features with the St. Louis Cardinals organization's minor leaguers' stats and news from the week past. This report focuses on the Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) and Springfield Cardinals (Double-A).

This Week in the Minors – Part 1

May 26, 2006

The Cardinals' minor league teams have been a mixed bag so far this season. The success enjoyed by first-place Springfield is balanced by the muck produced by last place Memphis. Palm Beach started off quite well but has struggled recently and their record hovers around the .500 mark. The Swing continue to display their youth, which has resulted in a lack of consistency that tends to bite them and the end result has been far more losses than wins. However, there are some very promising individual performances by pitcher Jaime Garcia, centerfielder Bryan Anderson and centerfielder Colby Rasmus, among others, that bodes well for the long-term future of the Cardinals. Garcia is the eldest of the three and he does not turn 20 until July.

Onto the standings – Memphis slipped further into the cellar of their division, falling an additional two games behind Nashville. Springfield remains in first but same their lead slip from three to two games. Palm Beach ended up the week another game behind St. Lucie, four games overall, but slid from second to fourth place. The Swing remained in sixth place but fell a further two and one-half games behind Kane County.


AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 13 - 18
Weekly Record – 1 - 5
Current Standing – Last, eleven games behind the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee)

The Roster
Transactions – 05/20/06 – RHS Anthony Reyes recalled to St. Louis, RHR Brian Falkenborg optioned from St. Louis, RHR Andy Cavazos called up from Springfield, SS John Nelson placed on the 7-day Disabled List, retroactive to May 16th; 05/21/06 – RHS Anthony Reyes optioned from St. Louis, OF Chris Duncan called up
On the DL front – LHS Chris Narveson (shoulder), SS John Nelson (back & neck stiffness), RHS Rhett Parrott (shoulder), RHS Brad Voyles (sprained right pectoral muscle)

Current Week Team Batting – .254/.306/.363/.669
Cumulative Team Batting – .250/.323/.360/.683 , fifteenth in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation*Will Cunnane, Randy Leek, Dennis Tankersley, John Webb
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 5.45 ERA and 1.56 WHIP: 21 earned runs, 45 hits and 9 walks in 34.2 innings pitched

Current Bullpen*Alan Benes, Brian Falkenborg, Josh Kinney, Frank Perez, Matt Perisho, John Riedling
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 6.05 ERA and 1.86 WHIP: 13 earned runs, 21 hits and 15 walks in 19.1 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.52 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, thirteenth in the league, by WHIP
*Those pitchers contributing to the current stats. Pitcher may appear in both rotation and bullpen.

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHR Josh Kinney gets the nod for the third time this season. Kinney continued a strong 2006 season by compiling the following line this past week: 3 G, 0 GS, 0 SV, 0-0, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 1:1 K/BB, 2 Inh Runners, 0 Inh Runners Scored, .214 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – LHS Randy Leek had a nasty outing this week: 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 1 SO, 15.75 ERA, 2.50 WHIP, 1:1 K/BB, .500 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – CF Skip Schumaker went .478/.500/.478/.978, 11-for-23 in five games with four runs scored, one walk, two stolen bases in two attempts and no errors
Who's Hittin' Not – 1B Brian Daubach went .200/.238/.250/.488, 4-for-20 in five games with one walk, three strikeouts and one error

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Well, the big news here is outfielder Chris Duncan's call up to St. Louis. While Duncan is not expected to be there very long, just until Sidney Ponson is activated from the disabled list, the logic employed to justify his call-up was interesting. When asked about the call-up, La Russa basically said that well, Schumaker had been up and so had Gall so now it was Duncan's turn. Since when were call-ups to the majors done on a rotation basis? Now, the actual problem is that the outfielder truly deserving of a look, Timo Perez, is out of options and not on the 40-man roster. Therefore, he would have to be added to the 40-man and clear waivers to be sent back to Memphis. That reduces La Russa's flexibility so is not going to happen. Here is a comparison of their cumulative numbers:
Duncan - .260/.333/.425/.759, 33-for-127 in thirty-six games with a .165 ISO, thirty-seven strikeouts, fourteen walks and four errors. Defensively, Duncan has appeared in both right and left field.
Timo Perez - .341/.400/.538/.938, 31-for-91 in twenty-five games with a .187 ISO, eight strikeouts, eight walks and two errors. Defensively, Perez has appeared in all three outfield positions.
Both are lefty bats. Just an illustration that sometimes the most productive guy does not get the call due factors beyond their control.

Of Note – Pitching
Carmen Cali did not appear in a game this week, thus his name does not appear as part of the bullpen for the week.
Brian Falkenborg's return to Memphis was less than successful. He was called upon to close out a 5-3 lead during Sunday's contest and proceeded to issue two free passes, a wild pitch, another walk, a two-run scoring single before John Riedling came on to really drive the stake through the Redbirds' heart by coughing up a two-run double. Maybe Falkenborg was as surprised as I was to see him demoted.

Prospect Watch
Shaun Boyd - .000/.500/.000/.500, 0-for-2 in five games with two walks
Carmen Cali – did not pitch
Chris Duncan - .263/.263/.474/.737, 5-for-19 in five games with four doubles, five strikeouts, no walks and no errors
Travis Hanson - .238/.273/.429/.701, 5-for-21 in six games with two doubles, one triple and no errors
Anthony Reyes – pitched in St. Louis


AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 25 - 16
Weekly Record – 4 - 3
Current Standing – First, two games in front of the Tulsa Drillers (Colorado)

The Roster
Transactions – 05/17/06 – OF Nick Stavinoha activated from the Disabled List, OF Ty Parker optioned to Palm Beach; 05/20/06 – RHR Andy Cavazos called up to Memphis, RHR Cory Doyne activated from the Disabled List
On the DL frontDan Moylan (right hand), SS Brendan Ryan (left wrist)

Current Week Team Batting – .294/.374/.427/.801
Cumulative Team Batting – .267/.348/.429/.777, third in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation*Chris Lambert, Jordan Pals, Mike Parisi, Stuart Pomeranz, Rich Rundles
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 5.35 ERA and 1.51 WHIP: 22 earned runs, 43 hits and 13 walks in 37 innings pitched

Current Bullpen* – Andy Cavazos, Cory Doyne, Justin Garza, Kevin Ool, Chris Russ, Rich Scalamandre, Mark Worrell
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 7.49 ERA and 2.12 WHIP: 20 earned runs, 36 hits and 15 walks in 24 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.87 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, fifth in the league, by WHIP
*Those pitchers contributing to the current stats. Pitcher may appear in both rotation and bullpen.

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Stuart Pomeranz remained unbeated with his fifth win in eight starts to date. His line this week: 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2.57 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 6:1 K/BB, 7.71 K/9 IP, 1.29 BB/9 IP, .154 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – Closer Mark Worrell's line: 4 G, 0 GS, 2 BS, 2 SV, 0-2, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 0 HB, 6 BB, 2 SO, 30.90 ERA, 4.72 WHIP, 0.33:1 K/BB, .2 Inh Runners, 0 Inh Runners Scored, 417 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – DH Josh Pressley went a torrid .556/.636/1.111/1.747, 10-for-18 in five games with four doubles, two home runs, six runs scored, eight runs batted in, four walks and one strikeout
Who's Hittin' Not – LF Cody Haerther went .105/.261/.105/.366, 2-for-19 in five games with four walks, one strikeout and no errors

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Newly signed Josh Pressley was the Texas League's ‘Minor League Player of the Week' for this week When you check out his weekly numbers, in the Hittin' Hot section, you can see why. The other main contenders for the Hittin Hot notice were Reid Gorecki, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Nick Stavinoha and Rico Washington.
Stavinoha came off the DL on Wednesday and made an immediate impact with a 3-run home run that helped the Cardinals snap a four-game losing streak. His weekly numbers appear in the ‘Prospect Watch'.
Rico Washington went ..355/.412/.581/.992, 11-for-31 in seven games with one double, two home runs, three walks, seven strikeouts, seven runs scored, eight runs batted in and one error

Of Note – Pitching
Springfield bid adieu to its more reliable reliever, Andy Cavazos, this past week and he received a much deserved promotion to Memphis. The only downside is that Cavazos goes from first-place Springfield to the debacle that is last-place Memphis. That, however, is certainly a downside that Cavazos will take.
Amid the rubble that was the bullpen's performance this week were the sparkling performances of Justin Garza and Rich Scalamandre. Each posted sub-2.00 ERA's and Garza held opposing batters to a .238 average. The rest of the peripherals tip in Scalamandre's favor as he struck out a whopping eight batters in four and two-thirds innings while walking only one. That is good for a 8:1 K/BB ratio and 15.4 K/9 IP.

Prospect Watch
Reid Gorecki - .355/.412/.516/.928, 11-for-31 in seven games with three doubles, one triple, two walks, five strikeouts, seven runs scored, eight runs batted in and no errors
Cody Haerther – wearing the Hittin Not hat for the week
Jarrett Hoffpauir – .389/.476/.444/.921, 7-for-18 in five games with one double, three walks, two strikeouts, three runs scored, two runs batted in and one error
Chris Lambert – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 8.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 7 BB, 6 SO, 4.16 ERA, 1.96 WHIP, 0.86:1 K/BB, 6.24 K/9 IP, 7.27 BB/9 IP, .286 BAA
Mike Parisi – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 3 SO, 3.38 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 1.50:1 K/BB, 5 K/9 IP, 3.38 BB/9 IP, .304 BAA
Stuart Pomeranz – earned Pitchin Hot honors
Nick Stavinoha - .364/.375/.545/.920, 8-for-22 in five games with one double, one home run, one walk, four strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt, four runs scored, seven runs batted in and no errors
Mark Worrell – has the Pitchin' Not hat on

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