The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/20

GOOD NEWS; Springfield Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson went 4-for-5 with three RBIs Tuesday, raising his batting average on the season to .326. BAD NEWS: Cardinals lost to Arkansas 9-5.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Off Day Tuesday

The Memphis Redbirds had Tuesday off, a good thing considering the 14-11 loss they suffered to the Iowa Cubs on Monday.

The Cardinals have come to terms with free agent right-handed pitcher Tomokazu Ohka on a short-term minor league contract. Ohka has been assigned to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Ohka is expected to make only two starts for Memphis, his contract gives him an opt out if he isn't promoted to the Majors within 10 day.

Ohka joins former Angels closer Troy Percival as candidates to shore up the Cardinals pitching staff.

Springfield Cardinals first baseman and outfielder Joe Mather has been promoted to Memphis. One of Springfield's record breaking eight Texas League All-Stars this season, Mather could potentially make his Triple-A debut on Wednesday night as Memphis travels to Round Rock to play the Houston Astros' affiliate. Mather was leading the Texas League in home runs with a career-high 18. He was tenth in the circuit in batting at .303 and also leading the league in RBIs with 46.

RECORD: 32-40, 4th Place, 10 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Arkansas 9-5

The Cardinals have lost three in a row since winning the Texas League North Division title in the first half Friday night, losing to Arkansas Tuesday by a score of 9-5.

Springfield starter Adam Daniels (3, 0-1) lost his Springfield debut, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Just promoted from Palm Beach, Daniels had a High-A record of 4-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts.

FSL slugger 1B Mark Hamilton making his first Double-A start went 0-for-5. Hamilton replaced was called up to take the place of 1B Joe Mather who was promoted to Memphis.

Catcher Bryan Anderson went 4-for-5 with three RBIs Tuesday, raising his batting average on the season to .326. Infielders Juan Richardson and Jarrett Hoffpauir both hit solo homers for the Cardinals.

ON THE DL: Jason Scott our Minor League Editor is reporting; that shortstop Tyler Greene was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday. He has a twisted right knee, suffered when he swung at a pitch in Wichita on June 16. MRI results were negative on Greene's knee, meaning he should only miss a few weeks of action. He is hitting .244 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 64 games this season.


RECORD: 0-1, 4th Place (1st Half Division Winners)


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Tuesday's Game Postponed

Tuesday night's Florida State League game between Palm Beach and Daytona was rained out.

The game will be made up Wednesday as part of a doubleheader, starting at 5:35 p.m. ET at Melching Field in Deland, Florida.

RECORD: 34-34, 2nd Place, 6.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): MWL All-Star Break

It was the MWL East All-Stars beating the West squad and our Swing players, 8-2 Tuesday night.

Quad Cities Brandon Buckman who has been the top Triple Crown contender in the league with a .341 average, 14 homers and 52 RBIs, went 2-for-3 with an RBI on the night. He smacked an RBI double to the center-field wall in the third for the West team, to cut the East's lead to 4-2, but that would be as close as Buckman and his teammates would get.

You'll have to check out the boxscore of this game. The West used 17 pitchers and 15 position players in the game. I'll never be able to describe the game before the deadline this morning.


RECORD: 38-31, T-3rd, 5.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Game Suspended

Tuesday night's New York-Penn League season opener between the Batavia Muckdogs and Auburn Doubledays was suspended due to rain.

It will be resumed on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET before the regularly scheduled game.

The game was tied, 1-1, in the bottom of the second inning when play was halted.

Last season the Muckdogs finished three games under .500 with a 35-38 record. They missed the playoffs, placing fourth in the Pinckney Division. This is their first season as an affiliate with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Some of the big names on the team this season include the Cardinals 2007 top draft picks; Clayton Mortensen, the first pitcher taken by the Cardinals in the 2007 draft (No. 36 overall), who will mostly likely anchor the pitching staff. Mortensen is the pitcher that Cardinals VP Jeff Luhnow said would be the big steal in the draft this season. Mortensen will be joining the former Gonzaga pitcher and fifth-round selection Thomas Eager out of California and Shortstop Oliver Marmol, the sixth-round pick out of the College of Charleston.



Johnson City Cardinals (R) POSTPONED

Last season the Cardinals finished with a 34-34 record, finishing eight games out of first place.

This season the lineup includes 10 returning players to include; three of those players who are currently on the disabled list; 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.

Our Johnson City beat reporter Shawn Kerrick is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals 2007 Top Draft Pick, Peter Kozma is expected to join the club soon.



Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Season Opener Today.

The Cardinals will open their season TODAY!


VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Twin/Cubs 6-3

The Cardinals fell behind 1-0 in the first and never could catch up to the Twin Cubs Tuesday as they lost 6-3.

The Cardinals have had trouble scoring runs especially for yesterday's starter Carlos Noquera, whose record fell to 0-3 on the season, despite having an ERA on the season of 2.19. Noquera went four innings Tuesday, giving up three hits, but walking three as well. He allowed two runs, one of them earned.


RECORD: 10-22, 8th Place, 15.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Winners 6-5 over Oakland (1)

The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and never looked back as they beat the first place Oakland (1) team 6-5 Tuesday.


RECORD: 6-8, 3rd Place, 5.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Carlos Noquera

The VSL Cardinals' Carlos Noquera, whose record fell to 0-3 on the season Tuesday, despite having an ERA of 2.19.

Yesterday Noquera allowed two runs, one of them earned, striking out three, but walking three as well as the Cardinals lost 6-3 to the Twin/Cubs. Not one of his best outings this season, but Noquera deserves a better fate than an 0-3 record for his efforts this season, hence his "Pitcher of the Day" recognition.


Minor League Player of the Day

Bryan Anderson

Catcher Bryan Anderson went 4-for-5 with three RBIs Tuesday for the Springfield Cardinals, raising his batting average on the season to .326



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