The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/20

Colby Rasmus showed everyone Sunday why he is considered the St. Louis Cardinals top prospect, as he went 4-for-5, with a walk, a double, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored to lead Springfield to a win and back into a tie for first place in the Texas League North Division standings.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Iowa 6-3

The Cubs doubled up on the Redbirds Sunday, as Memphis starter Mike Parisi (L, 7-11) was tagged for six runs on 11 hits and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings.

OF Skip Schumaker and INF Jarrett Hoffpauir each doubled yesterday, the only extra-base hit for the Redbirds, with Schumaker and catcher Matt Pagnozzi and pitcher Mike Parisi each driving in a run in the 6-3 loss to the Cubs.

SKIP SCHUMAKER WATCH: 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 51-78, 4th Place, 27.5


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 17-10 over Corpus Christi

Reliever Zach Zuercher (W, 3-0) pick up his third win, pitching 2.2 innings in relief, despite giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.

Shortstop Jose Martinez went 5-for-6 and scored three runs, drove in two, as Springfield outslugged Corpus Christi, 17-8, on Sunday.

COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 4-for-5, with a walk, a double, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored

2007 All-Stars: Bryan Anderson, Sean Danielson, Jaime Garcia, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Joe Mather, Chris Perez, Colby Rasmus, Juan Richardson


FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 28-16, 1st Place (tie)


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Shutout by Daytona 6-0

Starter Trey Hearne saw his record fall to 4-11 Sunday after giving up five runs, three of them earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four over six innings pitched.

There wasn't much offense from the Cardinals but center fielder James Rapoport went 3-for-4 as Palm Beach left seven runners on base.

ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: 0-2 with two walks

2007 All-Stars: Allen Craig, Luke Gregerson, Mark Hamilton, Tyler Norrick, Adam Ottavino,


FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 26-29, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 2-1 over Burlington

Quad Cities rallied in the ninth after being shutout for eight innings without even a base hit to beat Burlington 2-1 on Sunday.

OF Daryl Jones' RBI single in the top of the ninth was the Swing's only hit, to tie the game and second place Christian Jones later scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt by Christian Lopez.

Starter Clay Mortensen pitched five solid shutout innings for a no-decision, giving up just three hits on one walk, while striking out four. Reliever Kyle Mura picked up his fifth win with 1.2 innings of perfect relief before closer Kenny Maiques closed it out with a perfect frame in the ninth for his 29th save.

2007 All-Stars: Brandon Buckman, Brandon Dickson, Elvis Hernandez, Christian Lopez, Kenny Maiques, P.J. Walters


FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 35-19, 1st Place


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 2-0 over Mahoning Valley

Starter Brian Broderick pitched four solid scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out one. Reliever Wayne Damon picked up the win, while Josh Dew earned his 11th save.

Third baseman Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with an RBI with 1B Andrew Brown driving in the other run.


2007 All-Stars: Josh Dew, Jess Todd, Andrew Brown


RECORD: 21-34, 5th Place, 12.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 14-6 over Kingsport

Jose Arredondo shutdown Kingsport Sunday after they had scored six runs off of starter Mark Diapoules in just 4.1 innings, with 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up his fifth win.

Third baseman Casey Mulligan had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4, with two doubles, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Infielder Nick Vera also went deep Sunday, with a grand slam in the fourth inning.


RECORD: 25-34, 3rd Place, 18.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Nationals 3-2

The Cardinals outhit the Nationals 11-5 on Sunday but left 13 runners stranded on the bases and came up a run short in the 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Starter Fabian Marquez was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs on one hit and three walks in just one inning.

Reliever Michael Blazek had a good outing, pitching five complete innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks while striking out an amazing 10 batters to give his team a chance to pick up a win.


RECORD: 22-26, 3rd Place, 12.0 GB



RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB




RECORD: 28-32, 4th Place, 14.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Brian Broderick

The Muckdogs starter pitched four solid scoreless innings Sunday, giving up only two hits, giving the bullpen the chance to pick up the win.


Minor League Player of the Day

Colby Rasmus

The St. Louis Cardinals top prospect showed everyone Sunday why he is so highly touted, going 4-for-5, with a walk, a double, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored to lead Springfield to a win and back into a tie for first place.



Organizational Pitcher of the Month

April - Tyler Norrick, Palm Beach, 3-1, 1.63 ERA, 19K in 5 starts
May - P.J. Walters, Quad Cities, 4-0, 0.88 ERA, 30.1 IP scoreless streak
June – Tyler Herron, Quad Cities, 5-0, 2.27 ERA, 37K, 2 BB, in 31.2 IP
July – Jess Todd, Batavia, 3-0, 0.94 ERA, 36K, 28.2 IP


Organizational Player of the Month

April – Joe Mather, Springfield, .324, 10HR, 16RBI,
May – Colby Rasmus, Springfield, .349, 8HR, 24RBI
June – Allen Craig, Palm Beach, .337, 7HR, 24RBI
July – Osvaldo Morales, DSL, .333, 6HR, 20RBI


Birdhouse Award Winners

Osvaldo Morales, DSL, Player of the Month for July, .333, 6HR, 20RBI
Nick Additon, Johnson City, Start of the Month for July, 1-0, 1SV, 1.78 ERA
Justin Fiske, Batavia, Reliever of the Month for July, 6G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Jarrett Hoffpauir, Springfield, Player of the Month for June, .337, 7HR, 24RBI
Tyler Herron, Quad Cities, Starter of the Month for June, 5-0, 2.27 ERA, 31.2 IP
Kyle McClellan, Springfield/Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for June, 2-0, 0.00 ERA

Colby Rasmus, Springfield, Player of the Month for May, .340, 8HR, 24RBI
P.J. Walters, Quad Cities, Starter of the Month for May, 4-0, 0.88 ERA
Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for May, 0-0, 11SV, 0.64 ERA

Joe Mather, Springfield, Player of the Month for April, .324, 10HR, 16RBI
Tyler Norrick, Palm Beach, Starter of the Month for April, 3-1, 1.63 ERA
Jason Motte, Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for April, 1-0, 3SV, 0.90 ERA


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