The Springfield Cardinals Report – April 20

Our exclusive weekly report on the 2007 edition of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League from our on-site beat reporter, John Brayfield.

The Springfield Cardinals managed to leave town winless at home, after Tuesday's loss to the Frisco RoughRiders 7-4. Not to worry though, things will get better. Right now they are nine guys playing in the field and a manager, but once they learn each others' little quirks and nuances, they will start playing like a team and put up a few runs and post more victories on the scoreboard.

Some good news--Joe Mather was named the first Texas League Player of the Week for the 2007 season. Mather leads the club and is tied with Wichita's Craig Brazell for the league lead with four home runs. Mather's batting average is nearly .400, and is fourth in the league. His seven RBIs are just one behind the league leader with eight. Mather was the first Springfield player this year with a multi-home run game, going deep twice against Midland on Thursday.

Rico Washington's brief stint in Springfield has ended. He was called up to Triple-A Memphis to replace the infield position occupied by John Nelson, who was placed on the disabled list with lower back problems. Washington was batting .179, and was 5-28 for the season. He is replaced by Mike Ferris, who started at first base on Tuesday, moving Joe Mather to right field. Ferris, a former second-round draft pick in 2004, was just 7-for-31 in eight games at Palm Beach. He had one homer and nine RBIs.

And now for the better news: According to our Cardinals Top Prospect Rankings here at stlcardinals.scout.com, the St. Louis Cardinals organization have stocked Springfield with three of their top four prospects and nine of their top 21. Colby Rasmus (#1) leads the way with Jaime Garcia (#3), Bryan Anderson (#4), Chris Perez (#8), John Jay (#9), Cody Haerther (#12), Chris Lambert (#14), Tyler Greene (#16) and Mitchell Boggs (#21).

The not-so-good news: Starting pitcher Stuart Pomeranz has been out with a strained right shoulder and Cody Haerther is sitting on the bench with a sore wrist.

The best news? The Springfield Cardinals beat the Tulsa Drillers Thursday night 13-1 at Driller Stadium. Could this be the beginning of a turn-around? Stay tuned for the rest of the season.



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