This Week in the Minors – 7/1 - A-Advanced/A

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 and A

July 1, 2006

The 2006 draft is complete, most of the players that will sign professional contracts have done so, with a few exceptions and the entire minor league system is now in play. The ‘Pressure' time of year has arrived and things really get cooking. Fringe players will find themselves released in the near future and the newest ‘hottest and best' will come on display. Already there are performances in both State College and Johnson City that will likely force decisions at upper levels in the coming weeks. Then there are the lingering questions such as why Quad Cities' first baseman/third baseman Randy Roth is not promoted and how much longer the Cardinals will give Palm Beach first baseman Mike Ferris, a 2004 draftee, to get going. Finally, this report includes updates on both Tyler Greene and Mark McCormick.

Like their Double-A counterparts Palm Beach ended the first half just one game out of qualifying for play-off berth. They began the second-half of their season by going 2-2 and are ended the week jammed in with four other teams that are one game behind first-half winner, St. Lucie. Quad Cities met a team goal of finishing the first half with a .500 record on the last day of the half which is quite an accomplishment for a team that dug themselves such a hole at the season's start. Quad Cities, like Palm Beach, finds themselves in a four-way scrum for second place, one game behind both Clinton and Kane County.


High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Second-Half Record – 2 - 2
Overall Record – 41 - 33
Weekly Record – 4 - 3
Current Standing – four-way tie for second place, one game behind the St. Lucie Mets Final First-Half Standing – Second, one game behind the St. Lucie Mets

The Roster

Transactions - 06/22/06 - LHS Jaime Garcia called up from Quad Cities; 06/23/06 - RHS Blake Hawksworth called up to Double-A Springfield

On the DL front – OF Matt Lemanczyk (swelling in arm)

Current Week Team Batting – .294/.372/.450/.822
Cumulative Team Batting – .252/.326/.386/.712, third in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation*Mitch Boggs, Jaime Garcia, Eric Haberer, Blake Hawksworth, Mark Michael, Nick Webber
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.86 ERA and 1.41 WHIP: 17 earned runs, 44 hits and 12 walks in 39.2 innings pitched

Current Bullpen*Tyler Adamczyk, Troy Cate, Dennis Dove, Jose Garcia, Matt Scherer, Mike Sillman, Zack Zuercher
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.12 ERA and 1.31 WHIP: 9 earned runs, 27 hits and 7 walks in 26 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.64 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, tied with St. Lucie for sixth 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 Mitch Boggs
Boggs wins for the second report in a row by compiling a 1.11 WHIP and .239 BAA in eleven and two-thirds innings pitched over two starts this week. In fact, Boggs has been pitching superbly over the past month. Over his last seven starts, going back to and including his May 28th start, Boggs has compiled the following stat line: 1 GS, 1 SHO, 40 IP, 34 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 10 BB, 30 SO, 1.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 3:1 K/BB, .228 BAA. He is certainly putting pressure on the Springfield rotation to perform better. Boggs' stat line for the week can be found in the ‘Prospect Watch' below.

Who's Pitchin' Not – LHS Jaime Garcia
Garcia's Palm Beach debut was less than memorable as he gave up four runs, all earned, in five and one-third innings pitched and took a loss in the process. In a league not know for its hitting, batters teed off on Garcia to a .391 average. He is young and talented so he will undoubtedly adjust. This is a bump in the road.

Who's Hittin' Hot – 3B Matt Dryer
Dryer gets the nod here by going .387/.429/.774/1.203, 12-for-31 in seven games with three doubles, three home runs, six runs scored, nine runs batted in, two walks, seven strikeouts, one hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice fly and no errors. He was also named the Minor League Offensive Player of the Week for the Florida State League for the week ending June 25th.

Who's Hittin' Not – CF Sean Danielson
Danielson seems to be doing his part to convince the Cardinals' brass to promote Colby Rasmus from Quad Cities. This week he went .190/.370/.190/.561, 4-for-21 in six games with five runs scored, no runs batted in, five walks, seven strikeouts, no stolen bases in two attempts, one hit-by-pitch, three sacrifice bunts and one error.

Of Note – Overall
Palm Beach is the only one of the Cardinals' minor teams whose league did not finish their first-half at the All-Star break. Although the Florida State League's All-Star break was from the 16th through the 18th, the first-half ended after games played on June 21st. Hence the plethora of standings and records listed for Palm Beach in this report.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
Late word out last night has Tyler Greene being sent to Quad Cities to get him jump-started. It is about time. Greene skipped Quad Cities last season and it looks like the Cardinals did him no favors.
Outfielder Joe Mather made the most of his nine hits this week as six went for extra bases. He had three doubles and three home runs, scored six runs and drove in eight runs. Mather went .281/.324/.656/.980, 9-for-32 in seven games for the week.
Brandon Yarbrough's excellent offensive week, in limited at bats, raises the question of why he did not play more often. Well, Matt Pagnozzi went .357/.400/.429/.829, 5-for-14 in four games. It is difficult to sit him down when he is swinging so well.
Amaury Marti has appeared in ten games so far since being drafted by the Cardinals, once as a designated hitter and nine games solely in left field.

Of Note – Pitching
Palm Beach saw one hot pitching prospect move upwards and another arrive. Blake Hawksworth was promoted to Springfield on June 23rd and Jaime Garcia arrived from Quad Cities to take his rotation spot. 2006 draftee Tyler Norrick, a lefty, went from State College to Quad Cities in one game appearance and replaced Garcia in the Swing rotation. More on him in the State College report.
Eric Haberer's June performance likely has bought him more time in the Palm Beach rotation. After a disappointing April and May that saw him compile a 2-5 record with a 4.37 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 1.67:1 K/BB ratio, Haberer turned it around in June with a 2-1 record, 2.73 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 4.3:1 K/BB ratio. Just in time to meet the forth-coming battle for rotation slots in the Cardinals' lower minors.
Tyler Adamczyk has appeared in only three games so far this month.

Prospect Watch - Hitters
Mike Ferris – .222/.344/.407/.751, 6-for-27 in seven games, with 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 7 SO, 0 E
Tyler Greene - .227/.320/.227/.547, 5-for-22 in six games, with 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 7 SO, 3 SB, 2 CS, 1 HBP, 3 E
Juan Lucena - .346/.370/.385/.755, 9-for-26 in six games, with 1 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 SO, 0 CS, 1 E
Amaury Marti - .310/.333/.345/.678, 9-for-29 in six games, with 1 2B, 5 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, 0 E
Brandon Yarbrough - .333/.467/.417/.883, 4-for-12 in three games, with 1 2B, 3 R, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 E

Prospect Watch - Pitchers
Mitch Boggs – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 4:1 K/BB, .239 BAA
Jaime Garcia – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 4 SO, 6.75 ERA, 2.06 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .391 BAA
Eric Haberer – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.17 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .158 BAA
Blake Hawksworth – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 10 SO, 2.57 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .259 BAA: off to Springfield
Mark Michael – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 1 SO, 5.40 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 0.33 K/BB, .368 BAA: 2006 season is a big disappointment so far. Question how much longer he will remain in the PB rotation
Mike Sillman – 3 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 1 BS, 1 SV, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 6 SO, 6:1 K/BB, .214 BAA: Sillman's blown save this week, just his second of the season, led to a Palm Beach loss that was the eventual difference in the first-half standings
Nick Webber – his weekly line is identical to Michael's line. Will be given more time to develop but still likely headed for the bullpen.


Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Second-Half Record – 2 - 2
Overall Record – 36 - 36
Weekly Record – 2 - 2
Current Standing – Four-way tie for second, one game behind the Clinton LumberKings (Texas) and Kane County Cougars (Oakland)

The Roster

Transactions – 06/19/06 - OF Rich Giannotti given his unconditional release; 06/20/06 - OF Yonathan Sivira activated from the suspended list and re-assigned to State College; 06/22/06 - LHS Jaime Garcia called up from Quad Cities, OF Shane Robinson activated on the 25-man roster; 06/24/06 - LHS Tyler Norrick called up from State College

On the DL front – RHP Phillip Andersen (May 2006 Tommy John surgery), RHP Kyle McClellan (July 2005 Tommy John surgery), RHS Mark McCormick (right shoulder tendonitis), RHP Donnie Smith (August 2005 shoulder capsule surgery)

Current Week Team Batting – .260/.306/.382/.687 with six errors
Cumulative Team Batting – .264/.327/.383/.710, fourth in the league, by OPS

Current Rotation*Adam Daniels, Trey Hearne, Cory Meacham, Kyle Sadlowski
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.09 ERA and 1.07 WHIP: 8 earned runs, 18 hits and 7 walks in 23.1 innings pitched

Current Bullpen* – Danny Borne, Jason Cairns, Jon Mikrut, Victor Moreno, Brian Stitt, Matt Trent, Scott Vander Weg
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 1.54 ERA and 1.11 WHIP: 2 earned runs, 7 hits and 6 walks in 11.2 innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.45 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, tied with Dayton for 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 Trey Hearne
Hearne became a part of the regular rotation with a start on May 31st after making a spot start on May 2nd. In his five starts since then he has compiled the following numbers: 0 CG, 2-1, 29 IP, 21 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 5 BB, 31 SO, 0.62 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 6.2:1 K/BB, .202 BAA. When the push to place some of the State College starters in the Swing rotation comes, Hearne will be difficult to dislodge.

Who's Pitchin' Not – RHS Kyle Sadlowski
Sadlowski gets the mention here for the second consecutive report. After a strong May in which he compiled a .171 BAA and 0.95 WHIP in twenty-nine and one-third innings over six starts, Sadlowski nose-dived in June. He has not managed a sub-3.00 ERA of sub-1.30 WHIP in June. It came as no big surprise when he was re-assigned to State College on June 30th.

Who's Hittin' Hot – CF Colby Rasmus
Rasmus had started off the second-half with a bang by posting a 1.337 OPS in his first four games. He led the team in both runs scored and runs batted in while committing no errors in the field. What is not to like?

Who's Hittin' Not – C Bryan Anderson
Anderson had only one hit in twelve at bats through his first four games for a sad .083 average. Accordingly, he gets just his second ‘Not' notice of the season. Since he hit a respectable .286/.381/.343/.724 during the two weeks prior to the break, his current slump is likely to be short-lived.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
This is as good of a place as any to note that for those leagues with a split-season, the team's record begins anew while each players' statistics are cumulative from the start of the season.
Quad Cities as a team leads the Midwest League with a .264 batting average.
Quad Cities has three players in the Top Ten of the Midwest League batting averages - Colby Rasmus is fifth in the league with a .313 batting average, Bryan Anderson is seventh at .309, Randy Roth is eighth at .300. Three of the four players ahead of Rasmus in batting (and four of the five non-Swing in front of Anderson) are more than two years older than either Rasmus or Anderson. The player in first, catcher Mark Reed of the Peoria Cubs, is four months older than Rasmus. Their OBP are nearly identical while Rasmus has the advantage in slugging (.498 to .410)
This past week saw the debut of 2006 draftee outfielder Shane Robinson. Robinson, a fifth-round pick, began his professional debut at the highest level of any of the 2006 draftees. By the time of this report, he had been joined by newly promoted pitcher Tyler Norrick (sixth Round), and newly signed University of Miami (FL) teammates outfielder Jon Jay (second round) and pitcher Chris Perez (first round-supplemental). They will not be the last of the 2006 draftees to see Quad Cities this season.

Of Note – Pitching
Word out of Quad Cities is that Mark McCormick is about ready to go and will be activated for a start early next week.
Those deciding the various movements of pitchers throughout the system have a pleasant dilemma pending. The current Swing rotation are all pitching quite well. None have a cumulative batting average against above .250 and only Mark McCormick has a WHIP above 1.25. But it is highly unlikely that either 2006 first rounder Adam Ottavino or second rounder Brad Furnish will spend the entire season at State College. (They are just two examples.) Space will have to be made at either Quad Cities or Palm Beach or both. Look for roles to get re-assigned at Palm Beach at some point, if the performances continue as they are now.

Prospect Watch - Hitters
Bryan Anderson – .083/.250/.167/.417, 1-for-12 in four games, with 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, 2 CS, 1 SF, 0 E
Jose Martinez - .286/.333/.357/.690, 4-for-14 in four games, with 1 2B, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E
Colby Rasmus - .467/.471/.867/1.337, 7-for-15 in four games, with 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 R, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, 1 SF, 0 E
Shane Robinson - .389/.389/.444/.833, 7-for-18 in four games, with 1 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, 1 E
Randy Roth - .200/.250/.467/.717, 3-for-15 in four games, with 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1E
A.J. Van Slyke - .231/.286/.308/.593, 3-for-13 in four games, with 1 2B, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 E

Prospect Watch - Pitchers
Adam Daniels – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 HB, 2 BB, 9 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 4.5:1 K/B, .158 BAA
Jason Cairns – 1 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 3:1 K/BB, .250 BAA
Trey Hearne – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 6:1 K/BB, .154 BAA
Mark McCormick – did not pitch
Cory Meacham – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 5 SO, 5.07 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 2.5:1 K/BB, .286 BAA

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