The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/02

Buckman's hitting .343 on the season with 11 home runs, and the fact that he's taking two walks in a game like he did Friday night, is very impressive. Buckmans on-base-percentage of .387 is going to lead to his rapid rise through the ranks.



Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Tucson 7-1 over Memphis

The Sidewinders defeated the Redbirds Friday night 7-1.

Redbirds starter Anthony Reyes (L, 0-1) took the loss, despite yielding only one run on three hits with four strikeouts over seven solid innings in his first start for Memphis since being sent down from the Majors.

LF John Rodriguez just back off the DL blasted a solo homer, his third of the season for Memphis.

3B Travis Hanson is on the DL in place of Rodriguez, not that you have to have someone to go on the DL, but Hanson was added Friday because of back spasms. Hanson who has been struggling at the plate especially was hitting just .197 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 50 games for Memphis this season. John Nelson, batting only.190 himself, took Hanson's place in the lineup Friday and looks to be Hanson's temporary replacement at third.


RECORD: 26-30, 4th Place, 7.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Rained Out Friday Night

Friday's game between the Springfield Cardinals and the Corpus Christi Hooks has been postponed due to continuous rain. The game will now be made up as part of a double-header on Sunday, beginning at 4:10pm.

ON THE DL: Cody Haerther with broken hamate bone in right hand; Jon Jay with jammed right shoulder; Brian Stitt with sore right elbow; Reid Gorecki with broken hamate bone in left hand; Stuart Pomeranz with strained right shoulder.

RECORD: 23-26, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Game Rained Out

Friday night's Florida State League game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads was postponed due to rain.

It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 13 at 5:05 p.m. ET.

The Palm Beach Cardinals share the lead for the most players, five, named to the 2007 Eastern Division Florida State League All-Star Team. Starting pitchers Adam Ottavino and Tyler Norrick along with reliever Luke Gregerson were selected, along with infielders Allen Craig and Mark Hamilton.

RECORD: 29-24, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 10-5 over Clinton Lumberkings

Quad Cities (30-24) picked up their third consecutive victory Friday night to pull within two games of a potential playoff berth with 15 games remaining in the first half. Clinton (31-21) lost three of four games in the series.

Swing starter Tyler Herron (W, 4-4), who won his fourth straight decision while equaling a career high with eight strikeouts. The 46th overall pick in the 2005 draft and rising star allowed just two hits, one walk and one run over five innings of work.

Catcher Christian Reyes homered for the third time in two days and drove in three runs. 1B Brandon Buckman went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored three times as he continues to be one of the most impressive hitters in the organization.

Reliever Kyle Sadlowski got the final four outs for his second save



Batavia Muckdogs (SS)

Season opens on Tuesday June 19th, against the Auburn Doubledays.


Johnson City Cardinals (R)

The Cardinals will open the season on the road in Greenville on Tuesday, June 19th.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)

The Cardinals will open their season on Wednesday, June 20th.



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Tyler Herron

Quad Cities Starter Tyler Herron (W, 4-4) picked up his fourth consecutive win and fourth of the season Friday night, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out a season-high eight batters in five innings


Minor League Player of the Day

Brandon Buckman

1B Brandon Buckman went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored three times. How did he do it? He walked twice on top of his two hits.

Buckman's hitting .343 on the season with 11 home runs, and the fact that he's taking two walks in a game, is very impressive and will lead to his rapid rise through the ranks.



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