This Week in the Minors -July 11- SS-A/Rookie

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 Short-Season A ball affiliate at State College, PA and the Rookie level team at Johnson City, TN.

This Week in the Minors - Short-Season A and Rookie

July 11, 2006

The change in standings for the week – State College gained a bit of ground on first-place Auburn in what is an ever-changing division. Johnson City remained in fourth place but fell an additional game and a-half off the pace set by Elizabethton.


Short-A – State College Spikes
League Affiliation - fourteen-team New York-Penn League, six-team McNamara division Overall Record – 6 - 6
Weekly Record – 4 – 3
Current Standing – Third, one game behind the Auburn Doubledays (Toronto)

The Roster

Transactions – 06/27/06 - RHS Donnie Smith activated from the disabled list and assigned to State College for rehabilitation; 06/30/06 - RHP Kyle Sadlowski re-assigned from Quad Cities

On the Injury Front – Brian Walton's July 9th report from State College updates injury information on Donovan Solano and Rhett Parrott; Kenny Maiques, injured forearm, per Centre Daily Times article dated July 7th. RHP Michael Repole listed as day-to-day with an unspecified arm injury (as of 6/28/06)

Current Week Team Batting – .230/.316/.335/.651
Cumulative Team Batting – .231/.312/.365/.676

This Week's RotationGary Daley, Brad Furnish, Adam Ottavino, Rhett Parrott, Donnie Smith
This Week's BullpenRyan Hodinka, Matt Lane, Lance Marcum, Jason Motte, Kyle Mura, Matt Sauceda, Brian Schroeder, P.J. Walters
Did Not Pitch - Kenny Maiques
Current Week Pitching Stats - 4.20 ERA and 1.35 WHIP: twenty-eight earned runs, sixty-one hits and twenty walks in sixty innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 3.60 ERA and 1.28 WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Adam Ottavino
Has not given up an earned run yet. Quad Cities is calling. Check the ‘Prospect Watch' for his stats.

Who's Pitchin' Not – RHP Matt Lane
Lane, a sixteen-round 2005 draft pick, made his 2006 debut this week and was less than impressive. His line: 2 G, 0 GS, 6 IP, 14 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 4 SO, 16.50 ERA, 2.83 WHIP, .452 BAA. Lane's appearances are of the three-inning variety which suggests he will start when slots become available.

Who's Hittin' Hot – 1B Mark Hamilton
Although he has cooled off a bit recently, Hamilton's professional debut is noteworthy. He leads all Spikes batters in batting average, slugging and OPS and is barely second to Nathan Southard in on-base percentage. So far Hamilton is performing exactly as one would expect a supplemental second rounder to perform.

Who's Hittin' Not – OF Charles Carter
Carter may be hearing the clock ticking out on his chances. The twenty-seventh round draft pick last year was on Quad Cities' 2006 opening day roster but was optioned back to Extended Spring Training on April 29th after going .115/.226/.154/.380, 3-for-26 in nine games for the Swing. Carter is batting .194/.242/.258/.500, 6-for-31, in eight games for State College. He is not likely to last long if his numbers do not improve.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
More on Mark Hamilton - His position at Quad Cities is currently manned by Randy Roth and Roth is blocked by Mike Ferris. However, Roth also plays third and unless his third-base defense is egregiously bad, look for a promotion soon that moves Roth to Palm Beach and Hamilton to Quad Cities. The corresponding move out of Johnson City is discussed in their section.
The Spikes lead the New York-Penn League in home runs with 15. The other five teams in the Pinckney division have 24 home runs, combined.

Of Note – Pitching
According to local newspaper accounts, Donnie Smith's second rehab start on July 2nd featured a 91-mph fastball and an improved slider. He was removed after throwing 64 pitches which covered six innings. Smith shut out Jamestown on just four hits and one walk.
Adam Ottavino threw 91 pitches over six and one-third innings in his July 4th start. He mixed a slider and 11—to-5 curve with his fastball and gave up just one unearned run on two hits and a walk. His next start was on the road yesterday against the Brooklyn Cyclones. Ottavino hails from Brooklyn so he pitched in front of 500 of his family and friends. They saw a stellar performance in which he allowed just three base runners, two first-inning walks and a fifth inning single, over six innings. Ottavino has not allowed an earned run in nineteen and two-thirds innings. Ottavino was just named the NY-Penn League's "Pitcher of the Week".
Brad Furnish threw first pitch strikes to 15 of the 20 batters he faced during July 5th start, picked up his first win as a professional.
Coming into the 2006 season Jason Motte had the reputation as the best defensive catcher in the St. Louis system. However, he has been unable to advance due to a Mendoza-line level bat. According to The Digital Collegian the Cardinals became intrigued with the notion of converting Motte to a pitcher when they saw him throwing 90 mph flat-footed while horsing around with the pitching staff. Motte reached 95 mph in Extended Spring Training and currently shares closing duties with P.J. Walters.
Kenny Maiques's last name is pronounced my-kiss.

Prospect Watch - Hitters
C David Carpenter – .111/.333/.111/.444, 1-for-9 in four games, no errors
INF Allen Craig – .250/.318/.250/.568, 5-for-20 in five games, no errors
C Steve Gonzalez – .333/.333/.417/.750, 4-for-12 in three games, one double, no errors
1B Mark Hamilton – .357/.419/.786/1.205, 10-for-28 in seven games, four home runs, no errors
OF Nathan Southard – .261/.393/.522/.915, 6-for-23 in six games, no errors, debuted this week

Prospect Watch - Pitchers
Gary Daley – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0,3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 2 SO, 9.00 ERA, 2.67 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .500 BAA
Brad Furnish – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.33 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .000 BAA
Kenny Maiques – did not pitch
Adam Ottavino – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 4:1 K/BB, .125 BAA
Donnie Smith – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 10 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 2:1 K/BB, .231 BAA


Short-A – Johnson City Cardinals
League Affiliation - ten-team Appalachian League, five-team West division Overall Record – 4 - 7
Weekly Record – 3 – 5
Current Standing – Tied with the Bristol Sox (CWS) for fourth, two and one-half games behind the Elizabethton Twins

The Roster

Transactions – None.

On the Injury Front – LHS Senger Peralta (strained leg muscle) incurred during July 5th game

Current Week Team Batting – .234/.297/.348/.645
Cumulative Team Batting – .237/.302/.356/.658

This Week's RotationLogan Collier, Elvis Hernandez, Tyler Herron, Blake King, Matt North, Senger Peralta
This Week's BullpenKris Bakey, Armando Carrasco, Logan Collier, Brandon Garner, Luke Gregerson, Oscar Lara, Henderson Lugo, Fabian Marques, Matt Michael, Frank Oliveros
Current Week Pitching Stats - 3.88 ERA and 1.38 WHIP: twenty-nine earned runs, fifty-eight hits and thirty-five walks in sixty-seven and one-third innings pitched
Cumulative Pitching – 4.68 ERA and 1.44 WHIP

Who's Pitchin' Hot – RHS Blake King
King, a 2005 draft-and-follow signee this spring, is one of the early ‘stars' on the Johnson City team. He just turned nineteen in April. King's weekly stats are listed in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

Who's Pitchin' Not – RHP Logan Collier
Collier's professional debut was a bit shaky. His line this week: 2 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 5 BB, 1SO, 10.80 ERA, 2.20 WHIP, 0.20:1 K/BB, .333 BAA

Who's Hittin' Hot – RF Jonathan Edwards
St. Louis' fourteenth-round pick had a hot week and gets the nod. His weekly numbers are listed in the ‘Prospect Watch'.

Who's Hittin' Not – OF Nelson Lugo Lugo, who played on the Cardinals' Dominican Summer League team last season, is off to a slow start at Johnson City. Lugo went .200/.259/.280/.539, 5-for-25 in six games.

Of Note – Offense/Defense
The Johnson City part of the ‘First Base Shuffle' involving Mike Ferris, Mark Hamilton and Randy Roth is 24-year-old Brandon Buckman. Buckman, a nineteenth-round 2006 draft selection, is among Johnson City's offensive leaders. At his age he is old for the Rookie League so should be able to dominate. He appears to be showing enough to merit a promotion to State College at which point he will still be old for that league.
Thomas Pham has not played since leaving a June 30th game with a possible strained groin.

Of Note – Pitching
Blake King won ‘Pitcher of the Week' honors for the week ending July 2nd.
Supplemental first-round 2005 draft pick Tyler Herron pitched much better in his two starts this week than last. He received a no decision on June 26th when he allowed just one run, earned, on five hits and no walks in five innings. Herron took a tough loss on July 2nd when he received little offensive support of his five and two-thirds inning performance. Herron gave up two runs, both earned, just three hits and three walks while striking out five.

Prospect Watch - Hitters
1B Brandon Buckman – .375/.394/.625/1.019, 12-for-32 in eight games, with five doubles and one home run
RF Jonathan Edwards – .387/.424/.581/1.005, 12-for-31 in eight games, with four doubles and one triple
CF Travis Mitchell – .176/.222/.176/.399, 3-for-17 in five games, with five strikeouts and one stolen base in one attempt
SS Thomas Pham – .250/.429/.313/.741, 4-for-16 in six games, with one double, one stolen base in one attempt and five errors
OF Wilfredo Pujols – .286/.286/.357/.643, 4-for-14 in four games, with one double

Prospect Watch - Pitchers
Tyler Herron – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 10.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 8 SO, 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 2.67:1 K/BB, .211 BAA
Blake King – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 10 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 4 BB, 13 SO, 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3.25:1 K/BB, .216 BAA
Matt North – 2 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 4 BB, 6 SO, 5.40 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 1.50:1 K/BB, .286 BAA
Senger Peralta – 2 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 7.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 3 BB, 4 SO, 4.91 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 1.33:1 K/BB, .120 BAA

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