The Johnson City Cardinals began their 33rd consecutive season as an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals (51st year overall as the Johnson City Cardinals) with an exhibition game against the Tennessee Tornado of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League on Sunday. Prior to the game, the organization held a forty-five minute long "Meet the Cardinals" in the outfield pavilion.
Beat reporter Shawn Kerrick filed the following report after the game. It is being offered free of charge this week only as a reminder of the excellent minor league reports presented here each Monday through Saturday for our subscribers, as well as breaking news provided here first. (For example, look for the Pete Kozma update below.)
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Schedule Changes and Features
The 2007 Appalachian League schedule will have a much different look with the loss of the Pulaski Blue Jays (added a team to the Gulf Coast League) and a decrease in teams from ten to nine. The schedule used to have almost exclusively three-game series with several league wide off-days however; the 2007 schedule features nothing but two-game series with four scheduled doubleheaders (three games in two days) and four scheduled two-day-off periods.
· 68 scheduled games
· Starts Tuesday, June 19
· Ends August 29
Two division winners
· Nine games each against the West Division (Kingsport Mets, Bristol White Sox, Greeneville Astros, and Elizabethton Twins)
5 road games @ Greeneville and Elizabethton
5 home games vs.
· Eight games each against the East Division (Bluefield Orioles, Burlington Royals, Danville Braves, and Princeton Devil Rays) - 4 on road and 4 at home.
· Four scheduled doubleheaders
Thu. Jul 19 - Day/Night 2-City - in Greeneville @ and in JC @
Fri. Jul 27 - in
Thu. Aug 9 - in Elizabethton @ TBD (probably )
Sat. Aug 18 - Day/Night 2-City - in JC @ and in
· Four scheduled 2-day-off periods
Jun 29-30 (Fri and Sat)
Jul 13-14 (Fri and Sat)
Aug 4-5 (Sat and Sun)
Aug 22-23 (Wed and Thu)
The 2007 roster had ten players return from the 2006 Johnson City Cardinals roster. Three of those players are currently on the disabled list, including right-handed pitcher Kris Bakey, catcher Garrett Bussiere, and infielder Melvin Puello. The other seven include outfielders Jon Edwards, Travis Mitchell, and Wil Pujols, right-handed starting pitchers Tyler Leach and Matt North, catcher Casey Mulligan, and left-handed starting pitcher Senger Peralta.
The Pitching Rotation
Tuesday, June 19: Tyler Leach followed by Brian Broderick
Wednesday, June 20: Matt North followed by Jose Mateo
Thursday, June 21: Senger Peralta followed by Mark Diapoules
Matt North felt a little discomfort (tendonitis) when pitching yesterday. Omar Javier could be substituted for North in the Wednesday scheduled start. North will test the arm tomorrow and see how things feel and a decision on the starters will follow.
Pete Parise will serve as the initial closer. The relievers will include 2007 draftees Chuckie Fick, Dylan Gonzalez, and Steven Hill, 2006 Venezuelan Summer League left-handed pitcher Wladimir Mendoza, and 2006 draft-and-follow LaCurtis Mayes.
Exhibition Game Results
CF-Travis Mitchell: 0-for-0, BB.
PH (second inning for Mitchell)-3B-Mike Folli: 1-for-4, RBI.
2B-Jose Garcia: 2-for-4, R, GIDP, fielding error.
1B-Charlie Pelt: 1-for-4.
3B-CF (third inning for Mitchell)-Nick Vera: 1-for-2, 3B, R, RBI, BB, K, SF.
RF-Jon Edwards: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB.
C-Casey Mulligan: 0-for-2.
C (fifth inning for Mulligan) Robert Sanzillo: 0-for-2, K, PB.
DH-Brian Buck: 1-for-4, 2 R, RBI, K, SB (home in the second inning).
LF-Beau Riportella: 1-for-4, R, SB (second in the second inning).
SS-Domnit Bolivar: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB (third in the second inning), SF.
P-Senger Peralta: 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER (Garcia fielding error), 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 36 pitches, 20 strikes.
P-Nick Additon: 2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 31 pitches, 20 strikes.
P-Jose Arredondo: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches, 8 strikes.
P-Omar Javier: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, HB, 19 pitches, 14 strikes.
P-Wladimir Mendoza: 0.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HB, 25 pitches, 13 strikes.
P-Dylan Gonzalez: 1.1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER (Sanzillo PB), 0 H, 2 BB, 22 pitches, 9 strikes.
Pitching coach Sid Monge told me that the only
additional roster move expected is the addition of first-round draft pick Pete
Kozma. He explained that there is
some type of "mandatory hold" on the signing but that he expected that to be
worked out shortly and that Kozma would soon be in
Tyler Leach indicated that he might be on a shorter pitch count than some of the other starters.
Charlie Pelt has the required clean-shaven look now and looks nothing like the picture in Brian Walton's article about him.
Matt Arburr twisted his ankle in a workout this weekend and was scratched from the exhibition game. Arburr told me that it was not a bad sprain and that he didn't expect to miss any playing time.
Former major league umpire Dale Ford was the field umpire for the exhibition game.
Travis Mitchell was hit by a pitch in extended spring training and felt a little sore in the field so he was removed in the second inning of the exhibition game as a precautionary measure and should be ready for Tuesday's opening game.
Jose Arredondo was the most impressive pitcher in the exhibition game.
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