Cards Minors Fly, Ground & K Pitchers: Part 2

What types of outs are the St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitchers getting? What is the breakdown by pitching level? With more than half of the season over for the full-season squads, we take an in-depth look in the conclusion of this exclusive two-part series.

In Part One of this article, we looked at the St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitchers by their current/most recent pitching level. Here we sort by the type of outs they typically get.


Pitching Types – The K Kings

Strike Out/Ground Ball Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Cardenas, Hector 11.1 1.50 12 Start GCL
Carrasco, Armando 21.2 1.53 11 Relief Quad Cities
Degerman, Eddie 61.2 1.18 12 Start PB/QC
Eager, Thomas 17.2 1.62 9 Start Batavia
Gregerson, Luke 43.2 2.83 10 Relief Palm Beach
Hernandez, Elvis 73.2 1.16 10 Start Quad Cities
Herron, Tyler 92 1.75 9 Start Quad Cities
King, Blake 68 1.49 10 Start Batavia/QC
Mortensen, Clayton 20.1 3.38 10 Start Batavia
Motte, Jason 43.2 1.33 9 Relief Sp/PB
Ottavino, Adam 93.1 1.11 9 Start Palm Beach
Peralta, Senger 17.2 2.20 10 Start Johnson City
Samuel, Francisco 17.2 1.89 11 Start GCL
Scherer, Matt 47.2 1.18 10 Relief Springfield
Todd, Jess 27.2 1.09 10 Start Batavia
Walters, P.J. 95.1 2.07 10 Start PB/QC

When considering the organization's pitching philosophy, this may be the most valued group of the nine categories.  Sixteen pitchers were strike out pitchers with groundball tendencies.  These guys can both strike a batter out and induce a ground ball out when needed.  The good news is that twelve of the sixteen are starters.  The bad news is that none of the starters pitch above A ball.  The highest level represented by the relievers is Double-A Springfield.


Strike Out/Neutral Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Additon, Nick 15.1 1.00 9 Start Johnson City
Cavazos, Andy 31.2 0.85 9 Relief Memphis
Garceau, Shaun 75 0.91 10 Start Quad Cities
Worrell, Mark 42 0.93 9 Relief Memphis

Four pitchers are strike out pitchers with neutral tendencies.  Just think of them as the Switzerland of the pitching world. 


Strike Out/Fly Ball Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Dew, Josh 10.1 0.75 10 Relief Batavia
Gonzalez, Carlos 19.2 0.77 9 Start GCL
Perez, Chris 37.1 0.51 14 Relief Springfield
Rosales, Andres 37.1 0.60 10 Start GCL

Here are four strike out pitchers with fly ball tendencies.  Only one of the four pitches in a full season league and he is an extreme.  Chris Perez leads the system in K/9 IP average with 14 and is one of the most extreme fly ball pitchers as well.  Does that mean that Dave Duncan will try to have him pitch lower in the zone and to contact if Perez makes it to the Show?


Pitching Types – The Borderline Boys

Borderline Strike Out/Ground Ball Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Falkenborg, Brian 35.1 1.78 8 Relief Memphis
Garcia, Jaime 97.1 2.18 8 Start Springfield
Gonzalez, Reynier 18.2 1.71 8 Start GCL
Maiques, Kenny 34.1 2.19 8 Relief Quad Cities
Mateo, Jose 22 3.09 8 Start Johnson City
McClellan, Kyle 39.1 1.93 8 Relief Sp/PB
Reyes, Anthony 32.2 1.20 8 Start Memphis
Sillman, Mike 10 6.00 8 Relief Memphis

Eight pitchers average over eight but under nine strike outs every nine innings, four starters and four relievers.  The good news is that there is a strike out starter with ground ball tendencies in Memphis.  The bad news is that it is Anthony Reyes who has been less than successful in a St. Louis uniform.  Blame Dave Duncan's pitching philosophy, blame Anthony Reyes' inability to transfer what works in Memphis up to St. Louis, whatever.  But something is not right here and Reyes is not much of an option at this point.


Borderline Strike Out/Neutral Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Leach, Tyler 10.1 1.00 8 Starter Johnson City
Schellinger, Mike 41.1 1.03 8 Relief Quad Cities

There are two pitchers here, a starter and a reliever.  Both are pretty low on the minor league food chain.


Borderline Strike Out/Fly Ball Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Furnish, Brad 81.2 0.64 8 Start Quad Cities
Long, Clay 18.1 0.61 8 Start Batavia
Riddle, Ryan 11 0.43 8 Relief Batavia

Of the three pitchers in this category, the most intriguing is starter Brad Furnish.  Watch to see if he can maintain his current strike out average.


Groundball Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Boggs, Mitchell 100 1.51 7 Start Springfield
Broderick, Brian 26 1.81 6 Start Johnson City
Castellanos, Hugo 47.1 2.27 7 Relief Memphis/Sp
Daley Jr., Gary 61.2 1.55 6 Start GCL/PB*
Daniels, Adam 102 1.82 7 Start Sp/PB
Diapoules, Mark 15 2.30 6 Start Johnson City
Dickson, Brandon 96.1 2.24 5 Start Quad Cities
Dove, Dennis 15.1 1.27 6 Relief Memphis
Garner, Brandon 19 1.47 4 Start Batavia
Ginter, Matt 51.2 1.14 6 Swing Memphis
Haberer, Eric 100.1 1.67 4 Start Springfield
Hawksworth, Blake 91.1 1.10 5 Start Memphis
Hearne, Trey 92.1 1.12 5 Swing Palm Beach
Javier, Omar 17.1 1.17 7 Start Johnson City
Jimenez, Kelvin 19.1 3.67 7 Relief Memphis
Keisler, Randy 95.2 1.20 6 Start Memphis
Mayes, LaCurtis 12.1 1.55 7 Relief Johnson City
Mura, Kyle 32.1 1.45 6 Relief Quad Cities
Parise, Pete 17 2.50 7 Start Batavia/JC
Parisi, Mike 105 1.67 6 Start Memphis
Ransom, Robert 26 1.96 2 Swing Palm Beach
Rauschenberger, Cory 91.1 1.59 5 Start Springfield
Sadlowski, Kyle 30.1 2.15 6 Relief Quad Cities
Smith, Donnie 36.2 1.11 7 Relief Palm Beach
Stambaugh, J.D. 23 1.12 6 Start Batavia
Stitt, Brian 17.1 1.28 6 Relief Springfield
Trent, Matt 24.2 1.45 7 Relief Palm Beach
Vander Weg, Scott 39.2 1.27 7 Relief Palm Beach
Webber, Nick 42.2 1.85 6 Relief Sp/PB
*With GCL Cardinals on a rehab assignment

The largest of the nine categories, to no one's surprise given organizational preferences.  Over thirty-seven percent of the pitchers included in this study fell into this category.  There were 11 relievers and 18 starters.  Sure hope they have a defense behind ‘em when they pitch.


Neutral Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Arredondo, Jose 17 0.95 5 Start Johnson City
Cooper, Michael 47 1.06 7 Relief PB/Springfield
Gonzalez, Marco 13.1 1.00 6 Relief QC/Batavia
Lambert, Chris 59.2 0.97 7 Relief Memphis/Sp
Marquez, Fabian 16 1.06 6 Start GCL
Smith, Mike 103.2 0.99 7 Start Memphis

There are six pitchers that fall into this category, including the neither-here-nor-there Mr. Lambert.  Somehow that is fitting. 


Fly Ball Pitchers

Name IP  GO/FO K/9 IP Role Level
Cate, Troy 53.1 0.78 6 Swing Memphis
Mikrut, Jon 42.1 0.43 7 Relief Palm Beach
Narveson, Chris 42.1 0.78 7 Start PB/Memphis*
Norrick, Tyler 111 0.70 7 Start Palm Beach
Salas, Fernando 39.1 0.41 6 Swing on loan-Mexico
Zuercher, Zack 29.1 0.53 6 Relief Sp/Palm Beach
*At Palm Beach on a rehabilitation assignment

Just like the Neutral Pitchers category, this one has six pitchers as well.  A pitcher that gets most of his outs via the fly ball and is not a strike out guy as well does not fit into the organizational profile very well.  One might think that the pitchers in this category might not be long for the organization.  But four of the six share a valued trait:  they are lefties.  Effective lefties get to pitch, no matter what their pitching tendencies happen to be.



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