The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/17

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir continues to swing the hottest bat in the league, last night going 3-for-4 to include a double and a two-run homer finishing the night with a .406 batting average through his first 10 games at Triple-A.



Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 6-3 over Oklahoma

The Memphis Redbirds doubled up on the Oklahoma Red Hawks Monday 6-3.

Starter Blake Hawksworth didn't get a decision, in spite of having one of his best starts this season. He allowed only one run on two hits and four walks while striking out three in six innings. Reliever Hugo Castellanos (W, 2-0) picked up his second even though he gave up a run on one hit in the seventh. Closer Brian Falkenborg, who has not allowed a run this month, fanned two in the ninth for his 21st save.

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir continues to swing the hottest bat in the league, last night going 3-for-4 to include a double and a two-run homer finishing the night with a .406 batting average through his first 10 games at Triple-A.

Right-fielder Joe Mather, who has struggle at Memphis since being promoted, added his own two-run blast to help lead his team past the Red Hawks.

RICK ANKIEL Watch: Ankiel went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI


RECORD: 31-55, 4th Place, 17.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Tulsa 5-4

The Cardinals made three errors leading to a 5-4 loss Monday night. Springfield starter Adam Daniels (L, 3-3) conceded five runs, four of them earned, on 10 hits with two strikeouts and no walks in six innings.

Center fielder and leadoff man, Sean Danielson went 3-for-5 with double and an RBI for the Cardinals to raise his batting average on the season to .299. Danielson has been a very pleasant surprise this season offensively and defensively. Sunday he threw out a runner at home to help the Cardinals win a 3-2 game and his nine outfield assists this season, ranks second to only Colby Rasmus' 10.

Mark Hamilton, the reigning Texas League Player of the Week, went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

UNSUNG HEROES – Often overlooked by everyone is the work of middle relievers who rarely get noticed unless they don't' get the job done. Last night relievers Chris Russ and Kyle McClellan combined for two scoreless innings of relief, actually giving up just one hit, to give the Cardinals an excellent opportunity to comeback and pull out a win Monday.

COLBY RASMUS watch: Cards' center fielder Colby Rasmus was removed from Sunday's game in Tulsa after being hit in the helmet with a pitch in the first inning. Rasmus appeared to be all right after jogging down the first base line, but was removed for precautionary reasons. Rasmus is day-to-day as I expected and reported after the game and did not play Monday.

TEXAS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: First baseman Mark Hamilton was named Texas League Player of the Week, leading the league with 11 hits over six games. Hamilton batted .458 this past week, going 11-24 with a homer and seven RBIs. He was third with a .536 on-base percentage and third with a .708 slugging percentage. Hamilton is the he sixth different Cards' player to be honored with a Texas League Award this year, joining pitcher Adam Daniels along with position-players Jarrett Hoffpauir, Colby Rasmus, Sean Danielson and Joe Mather, who won the award twice.


RECORD: 16-8, 1st Place with a 5.5 game lead over Tulsa


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Lakeland 3-2

The Cardinals drop to a game and a half back of Brevard County Monday night, after the Manatees won their game 7-4 over Dunedin and the Cards were edged by the Lakeland Flying Tigers 3-2.

Starter Chris Narveson who didn't get a decision, allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out four through five innings. Reliever Luke Gregerson (L, 1-3) suffered his third loss of the season, giving up the final unanswered run on two hits in the top of the ninth.

Catcher Brandon Yarbrough went 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, an RBI and a run scored while third baseman Dan also chipped in a 2-for-4 night.

BRANDON BUCKMAN watch: Buckman went 1-for-3 Monday to include a two-out RBI. Since being promoted from Quad Cities where Buckman had hit .341, 14 HR, 52 RBI in 67 games, he is hitting .277, 3 HR, 12 RBI through his first 25 games with Palm Beach.


RECORD: 12-12, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): OFF DAY MONDAY

After the off day on Monday the Swing are heading to Midland, Michigan, to take on the Great Lakes Loons at the Dow Diamond for the first time ever.

CHANGE OF ADDRESSES: Brad Furnish became the fourth Quad Cities' player to be called up to Palm Beach in the past week. The Cardinals also added their second pick (36th overall) in the 2007 draft, Clayton Mortensen, to the Swing roster.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: According to Baseball America, the Quad Cities roster features two players who are among the top thirty in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system to include: #10—Daryl Jones, OF (3rd Round, 2005) and #18—Tyler Herron, RHP (S-1st, 46th overall, 2005)#23—Brad Furnish, LHP (2nd Round, 2006)

I would suggest fans also keep an eye on Clayton Mortensen, RHP (S-1st, 36th overall, 2007) and Steven Hill, 1B (13th Round, 2007) they have a chance to break into some Top Prospect Rankings before the season is over.

RECORD: 12-10, 3rd Place, 0.5 GB.


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Oneonta 4-3

The Muckdogs fell short again Monday night as Oneonta edged past them 4-3.

Starter J.D. Stambaugh L, 1-1) experienced his first loss, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks, while fanning five. Reliever Brandon Garner had his best outing this season, for the first time in seven appearances he did not allow a run, pitching three scoreless innings, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out one.

Second baseman Jose Garcia went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the offense to almost a win.


RECORD: 7-20, 6th Place, 9.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Burlington 12-8

It's rough scoring eight runs and still getting tagged with a loss but that's what happened to Johnson City, Monday.

Johnson City starter Omar Javier (L, 0-3) allowed seven runs, all of them coming in the bottom of the first inning, on seven hits and a walk while striking one in two innings before being saddled with his third loss. The Cardinals used six different pitchers Monday night, without much success.

Now here is where I get a little out of character, my basic philosophy in life is "Don't tell me how rough the seas are, just bring in the ship", that said, you have to give some credit to the Cardinals offense who came out in full force to battle back from an early 7-0 deficit.

Second baseman Mike Folli who is hitting very well of late (.370 over his last 10 games) raised his batting average to .301 Monday going 4-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Cardinals. Teammates RF Beau Riportella and SS Domnit Bolivar had three hits apiece and Matt Arburr scored a run and added a pair of RBI groundouts.

BEAU RIPORTELLA watch: The Cardinals 10th round draft pick this year, went 3-for-4 with a run scored and drew a walk. Through his first 23 professional games since the draft, Riportella is hitting .373 with an OBP of .420.


RECORD: 8-15, 3rd Place, 10.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) RAINED OUT

The Birdhouse has added the GCL Cardinals roster and player pages to Minor League Roster link in the drop down menu. Here you can check out the player pages of your favorite prospects.

PROSPECT WATCH: OF Joey Hage the Cardinals 23rd round draft pick this season, is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with two home runs and six RBI. To put things in perspective his OPS is up in the Albert Pujols & Barry Bonds (when he was hitting) range at 1.166.

BOXSCORE of postponed game

RECORD: 7-13, 4th Place, 8.5 GB



The Birdhouse has added the VSL Cardinals roster and player pages to Minor League Roster link in the drop down menu.

The Cardinals actually improve their lot a little Monday by not playing moving out of the cellar into a three-way tie for 7th place.

RECORD: 16-37, 7th Place, 21.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R)

The Cardinals fell to .500 on the season, losing to the Mariners on Monday 11-8, despite outhitting the Seattle DSL club 11-7.

Starter Juan Jaquez didn't make it out of the first inning, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks before the Cardinals went to the bullpen. Reliever Angel Cruz didn't fare much better, surrendering six runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four.

Angel Tapia pitched five innings, giving up a couple of runs on three hits and two walks, striking out five.

Center fielder Edwin Gomez had the most productive day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI. He walked three times which contributed to him scoring two of the Cardinals eight runs Monday.


RECORD: 18-18, 4th Place, 5.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Blake Hawksworth

The Memphis starter didn't get a decision, in spite of having one of his best starts this season. He gave up only one run on two hits and four walks while striking out three in six innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. The Redbirds went on to beat Oklahoma 6-3.


Minor League Player of the Day

Jarrett Hoffpauir

Hitting .406 since being promoted to Memphis, Jarrett Hoffpauir went 3-for-4 Monday, to include a double and a two-run homer.



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