This Week in the Minors – June 1 - A-Advanced

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 Cardinals A-Advanced affiliates in Palm Beach and the Quad Cities.

This Week in the Minors – A-Advanced/A

June 1, 2006

This week's report would not be complete without mentioning Thursday evening's ‘Night of the Ace Performances', the simply phenomenal pitching performance put on by the starters that evening. Anthony Reyes shut out Tacoma on three hits and one walk in eight innings with eight strikeouts. Jordan Pals picked up his third win of the season by giving up only one run, earned, on eight hits and two walks in six and two-thirds innings while striking out five. Mark Michael topped them both by pitching a complete game shutout on two hits and no walks with five strikeouts in a win over Sarasota. Finally, Jaime Garcia tossed eight innings of shutout ball on five hits and no walks while striking out five. (More on Garcia's performance is in the Swing section.) All in all, Cardinals' minor league starters compiled the following line: 4 G, 4 GS, 1 CG, 4-0, 29.2 IP, 18 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 23 SO, 0.30 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 7.7:1 K/BB. Way to go, guys!

Here are the changes in standings for the Cardinals' class A clubs: Palm Beach remains in fourth place and is still within striking distance of first-place St. Lucie at four games back. Quad Cities broke even for the week, their best weekly mark since the week ending April 16th, but fell two more games behind Kane County.

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High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 24 - 25
Weekly Record – 3 – 4
Current Standing – Fourth, four games behind the St. Lucie Mets

The Roster
Transactions - 05/22/06 – C Brandon Yarbrough called up from Quad Cities, OF Simon Williams optioned to Quad Cities; 05/23/06 – LHP Chris Narveson assigned to Palm Beach, rehabbing from off-season labrum surgery, C Brady Toops given his unconditional release
On the DL front – OF Matt Lemanczyk (swelling in arm), OF Wes Swackhamer (wrist sprain)

Current Week Team Batting – .244/.307/.386/.694
Cumulative Team Batting – .244/.318/.381/.700, fifth in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation*Mitch Boggs, Eric Haberer, Blake Hawksworth, Mark Michael, Chris Narveson, Nick Webber
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.83 ERA and 1.23 WHIP: 19 earned runs, 43 hits and 12 walks in 44.2 innings pitched

Current Bullpen*Tyler Adamczyk, Troy Cate, Dennis Dove, Jose Garcia, Matt Scherer, Mike Sillman, Zack Zuercher
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP: 8 earned runs, 16 hits and 8 walks in 18 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.77 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, ninth 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 Mark Michael turned in his best start of the year so far: 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1-0, 9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1.00 ERA, 0.22 WHIP, .069 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Mitch Boggs turned in two sub-par outings: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 9 IP, 15 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 4 BB, 6 SO, 8.00 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, 1.5:1 K/BB, .375 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – 1B/3B Ryan Barthelemy went .379/. 11-for-29 in seven games with four doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored, six runs batted in, four walks, five strikeouts and no errors
Who's Hittin' Not – CF Sean Danielson went .100/.217/.100/.317, 2-for-20 in six games with three runs scored, one run batted in, three walks, two strikeouts, one stolen base in two attempts and one error

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Palm Beach has eight players with over 100 plate appearances: Ryan Barthelemy, Sean Danielson, Terry Evans, Mike Ferris, Tyler Greene, Juan Lucena, Joe Mather and Matt Pagnozzi. Barthelemy and Evans have over two hundred plate appearances. Juan Lucena strikes out once every fourteen at bats which is best of the eight. Tyler Greene strikes out once every 2.8 at bats for worst of the eighth.
Terry Evans' .223 ISO is the highest of the eight with Juan Lucena (.041 ISO) edging Sean Danielson (.041 ISO) for worst. Evans also leads the team in both runs scored and batted in with thirty-six of each.
None of the Cardinals have more walks than strikeouts. The closest is Sean Danielson who has twenty-four walks to twenty-five strikeouts.

Of Note – Pitching
Chris Narveson made his 2006 debut Friday evening, pitching four shutout innings on two hits and no walks. He struck out five but did not figure in the decision. Palm Beach did win that game. Narveson is not expected to spend a great deal of time in Palm Beach as this is considered a rehab assignment for his off-season labrum surgery. His name does not even appear on the Palm Beach roster located at their official website. Look for him to move back to the Memphis rotation fairly soon if he progresses as expected. Alternately, Narveson could stay at Palm Beach to help their club push towards the first-half title but that is not as likely.
The Palm Beach rotation, like Springfield's, has consistently taken their turns. Forty-nine of the fifty-one starts have been compiled by Mitch Boggs, Eric Haberer, Blake Hawksworth, Mark Michael and Nick Webber. Boggs' .317 BAA (9 GS, 39.2 IP, 1.84 WHIP) is the only one of the rotation higher than .300 but Eric Haberer is thisclose at .299 (10 GS, 51.2 IP, 1.57 WHIP). The best BAA on the starting staff belongs to Blake Hawksworth who is holding the opposition to a .239 average (10 GS, 57.2 IP, 1.09 WHIP). Mark Michael (.258 BAA, 10 G, 9 GS, 57.1 IP, 1.27 WHIP) and Nick Webber (.262 BAA, 10 G, 9 GS, 52.1 IP, 1.47 WHIP) are within .004 points of each other. However, only Hawksworth and Michael have K/BB ratios over 2:1.
The best two relievers, as far as BAA and WHIP are concerned, are Mike Sillman and Troy Cate. Cate leads with a .111 BAA and 0.47 WHIP in 10.2 innings pitched over nine games. Sillman is just behind him with a .179 BAA and 0.72 WHIP in 19.1 innings over twenty games. Zach Zuercher and Jose Garcia are both sporting BAA's of .300 or above. Zuercher has a .325 BAA and 1.55 WHIP in 20 innings and eighteen games while Garcia's BAA is .300 exactly with a 1.42 WHIP in 25.1 innings over fourteen games.

Prospect Watch
Mitch Boggs – Pitchin' Not
Mike Ferris – .167/.286/.222/.508, 3-for-18 in five games with one double, two runs scored, one run batted in, three walks, six strikeouts and no errors
Tyler Greene - .190/.292/.381/.673, 4-for-21 in six games, with one double, one home run, four runs scored, three runs batted in, two walks, eight strikeouts, three stolen bases in three attempts and one error
Eric Haberer – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 5.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 2 HB, 1 BB, 5 SO, 9.52 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, 5:1 K/BB, .417 BAA
Blake Hawksworth – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .182 BAA
Juan Lucena - .350/.350/.450/.800, 7-for-20 in five games, with two doubles, one run scored, one run batted in, one strikeout and two errors
Mark Michael – Pitchin' Hot
Mike Sillman – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 0 SV, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP. 0.000 BAA
Nick Webber – 2 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 10 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 5 BB, 2 SO, 0.90 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 0.40:1 K/BB, .244 BAA
Brandon Yarbrough - .313/.353/.313/.665, 6-for-16 in four games with one run scored, no runs batted in, one walk, three strikeouts and no errors

Upcoming Week – at Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida) 30th and 31st, vs. Dunedin Blue Jays 1st through 4th

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 20 - 27
Weekly Record – 3 – 3
Current Standing – Sixth, nine games behind the Kane County Cougars (Oakland)

The Roster
Transactions – 05/22/06 – C Brandon Yarbrough called up to Palm Beach, C Henry Guerrero called up from Extended Spring Training, OF Matt Wilkerson optioned to Extended Spring Training, OF Simon Williams optioned from Palm Beach,
On the DL front – RHP Phillip Andersen (May 2006 Tommy John surgery), RHP Kyle McClellan (July 2005 Tommy John surgery), RHP Donnie Smith (August 2005 shoulder capsule surgery)

Current Week Team Batting – .265/.308/.357/.665
Cumulative Team Batting – .262/.326/.381/.707, fifth in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation*Adam Daniels, Jaime Garcia, Mark McCormick, Cory Meacham, Kyle Sadlowski
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 2.23 ERA and 0.84 WHIP: 10 earned runs, 24 hits and 10 walks in 40.1 innings pitched

Current Bullpen* – Danny Borne, Jason Cairns, Trey Hearne, Ashley Hooks, Jon Mikrut, Brian Stitt, Matt Trent, Scott Vander Weg
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.95 ERA and 1.02 WHIP: 6 earned runs, 10 hits and 4 walks in 13.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.85 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, fourth 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 Jaime Garcia gets the nod for the third time this season: 1G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, .185 BAA
Who's Pitchin' Not – LHS Adam Daniels' line since coming off the DL on May 15th: 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 9.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 6 BB, 4 SO, 4.65 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 0.67:1 K/BB, .281 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – For the third time in three weeks it is 1B/3B/DH Randy Roth who went .409/.458/.636/1.095, 9-for-22 in six games with five doubles, three runs scored, five runs batted in, two walks, one stolen base, two stolen bases in three attempts and two errors
Who's Hittin' Not – CF Colby Rasmus went .211/.250/.263/.513, 4-for-19 in five games with one double, one run scored, two runs batted in, one walk, three strikeouts and one error

Of Note – Offense/Defense
The week ending April 9th report stated, with regards to the catching tandem of Bryan Anderson and Brandon Yarbrough - ‘…the Cardinals would like nothing better than for Yarbrough's bat to get hot so he can be promoted to Palm Beach.' Well, Yarbrough got that well deserved promotion on Monday which works out quite well on two fronts. Yarbrough should take over the primary catching duties for Palm Beach while Bryan Anderson will take over the main catching duties for the Swing. Each is likely to see both his playing time and catching experience increase.
There are eight Swing players with over 100 plate appearances: Bryan Anderson, Dan Nelson, Colby Rasmus, Adam Rodgers, Randy Roth, Casey Rowlett, A.J. Van Slyke and Brandon Yarbrough who was promoted to Palm Beach on May 22nd. Roth, Rowlett and Van Slyke all struck out less than once every seven at bats with Van Slyke the best at 1:7.88 at bats. The recently departed Yarbrough struck out once every 3.3 at bats with Bryan Anderson's 1:4.65 at bats being next.
Roth leads the eight with a .255 ISO and Van Slyke's .052 ISO bringing up the rear of the eight. Colby Rasmus and Roth are tied for the team lead in runs scored with twenty-six while Roth leads the team with thirty-seven runs batted in.
Like Palm Beach there are no Swing players that have walked more than they have struck out. Unlike Palm Beach there is no one even close. Adam Rodgers is best with sixteen walks to twenty-three strikeouts.

Of Note – Pitching
Jaime Garcia tossed a masterpiece on Thursday evening, outdueling Cedar Rapids' Nick Adenhart and earning a 1-0 victory. More impressively, he threw 86 pitches, 57 for strikes, over eight innings and allowed only one lead-off batter. Catcher Bryan Anderson threw that batter out when he tried to steal. Adenhart is ranked the Angels' sixth best prospect with the best curveball in their system.
There is a surprise in which starter leads the rotation in BAA. Is it Jaime Garcia? Nope. Is it Mark McCormick? Nope. It is Kyle Sadlowski who is holding batters to a .189 average (12 G, 7 GS, 41 IP – 33.1 as a starter, 1.12 WHIP – 1.05 WHIP as a starter). McCormick's .199 BAA is a close second (9 G, 9 GS, 43.1 IP, 1.50 WHIP) while Garcia is holding the opposition to a .221 average (9 G, 9 GS, 55.1 IP, 1.06 WHIP). Cory Meacham and his .253 BAA is next (8 G, 8 GS, 41 IP, 1.32 WHIP) with Adam Daniels' .280 BAA trailing (6 G, 6 GS, 30.2 IP, 1.43 WHIP). Garcia leads the rotation in K/BB ratio with 4.2:1 with Daniels next at 2:1. The rest of the three starters all have K/BB ratios under 2:1.
Relievers Danny Borne (.170 BAA, 17 G, 15.1 IP, 1.04 WHIP), Ashley Hooks (.133 BAA, 8 G, 17.1 IP, 0.69 WHIP), Jon Mikrut (.151 BAA, 21 G, 24.1 IP, 0.86 WHIP) and Brian Stitt (.179 BAA, 6 G, 7.2 IP, 0.65 WHIP) are all holding the opposition to under .200 BAA's. Matt Trent has the highest BAA (.269 BAA, 19 G, 26 IP, 1.50 WHIP)

Prospect Watch
Bryan Anderson – .400/.400/.550/.950, 8-for-20 in six games with three doubles, five runs scored, three runs batted in, no walks, two strikeouts and no errors
Jaime Garcia – Pitchin' Hot
Jose Martinez - .238/.273/.286/.558, 5-for-21 in six games with one double, three runs scored, no runs batted in, no walks, one strikeout and one error
Mark McCormick – 1 G, 1 GS< 0 CG, 0-1, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 HB, 4 BB, 10 SO, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .133 BAA
Colby Rasmus – Hittin' Not
A.J. Van Slyke - .292/.292/.375/.667, 7-for-24 in six games with two doubles, one run scored, one run batted in, no walks, three strikeouts, one stolen base in one attempt and no errors
Brandon Yarbrough – promoted on 5/22/06. Did not play at this level

Upcoming Week – at Beloit Snappers (Minnesota) 29th through 1st, at West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) 2nd through 4th

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Extended Spring Training

Transactions – 05/22/06 – C Henry Guerrero called up to Quad Cities, OF Matt Wilkerson optioned to Extended Spring Training

Of Note – Overall
Both Jason Motte and Brandon Garner have been converted to pitching, according to the Springfield News-Leader. Kary Booher reports that Motte has not allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings over five appearances. Mark Riggins, the Cardinals' minor league pitching coordinator, says that Motte throws 90 mph and has a hard slider. Thanks to Kary Booher for that information.

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