Cardinals Minors Spring Training Report: 3/20

Thursday's St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game results. Pitcher and Player of the Day are Kyle Mura and Rico Washington, respectively. 15 players were released as well, including two top picks from the 2004 Draft.

Thursday's opponents for the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers were the Los Angeles Dodgers' teams. Memphis and Springfield ventured up to Vero to play the Dodgers, while the single-A clubs stayed home at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals charges again went 3-1 on the day.


On Friday, all four clubs have a "camp" day, meaning no scheduled games. Cardinals Pitcher of the Day – Thursday


Palm Beach's Kyle Mura spun three perfect innings on his club's way to a rare shutout. Mura picked up the win and struck out four. Cardinals Hitter of the Day – Thursday


Veteran Memphis infielder Rico Washington was on base four times in his club's victory. The right-handed hitter, invited to his first big-league camp this spring, had a walk, two singles, a home run and three RBIs during a 3-for-4 day.



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15 players were released by the Cardinals this morning. They include the organization's second and third round picks in 2004, Mike Ferris and Eric Haberer.


Catchers (5) Age Info
Chris Grossman 27 Indy baller purchased before 2007 season.
Gerard Haran 22 Purchased from Golden League July, 2007.
Christian Reyes 21 Also 1B - 27th rounder in '06 from Puerto Rico.
Rob Sanzillo 22 46th-rounder in 2007 from Johns Hopkins
Scott Thomas 22 38th-rounder in 2006. 23rd birthday on Friday.
First baseman (1)
Mike Ferris 25 Second-rounder in 2004 couldn't get altitude. 
Infielders (2)
Brandon Johnson 23 Free agent 2B into camp with no contract.
Jared Schweitzer 24 3B taken in 30th round in 2006. Played for QC.
Outfielders (2)
Will Groff 23 29th-rounder in 2006 from SUNY-Cortland.
Jose Ramirez 23 Venezuelan signed in winter of 2004. 
LH pitchers (2)
Eric Haberer 25 3rd-rdr. in '04 & former top prospect plateaued.
Marcus Markray 25 Ex-31st rounder from '01 tried to catch on later.
RH pitchers (3)
Dennis Dove  26 MLB debut in '07, required surgery, now gone.
Steve Hill  24 34th-rounder in 2007. No more name confusion!
Ray Silva  24 Non-drafted free agent signed last summer.



Memphis 7, Las Vegas 2


A nice day for the Memphis staff. Blake Hawksworth allowed just four base runners in four innings, on three hits and a walk. Only one of them scored. Hawksworth fanned three on the way to the victory. Nick Webber was charged with an earned run in two innings of work, giving up a pair of hits. Zach Zuercher fanned one in a scoreless inning while Jon Mikrut struck out three in two innings of one-hit ball.


Recent assignee to minor league camp, outfielder Colby Rasmus was on base twice with a single and walk in four plate appearances. Josh Phelps went 2-for-2 and scored both times. Amaury Marti had three hits in four at-bats and collected two RBIs.



Jacksonville 8, Springfield 1


Fernando Salas did his part with two perfect innings and Pete Parise added one of his own. But Brandon "Cotton" Dickson was touched for five runs, of which four were earned, over three innings. Kenny Maiques allowed two runners on a hit and a walk in one inning of work.


First sacker Mark Hamilton broke his streak of three straight two-hit games, but was on base three times with a hit, two walks. He also was credited with an RBI.



Palm Beach 8, Inland Empire 0


Korean import Jai Chul Chung seems to be enjoying his surroundings, with two perfect innings, including four strikeouts. Two recent signees did well. Kris Honel allowed just one baserunner on a walk in two innings and Cardoza Tucker went two scoreless innings on two hits and a walk. Each fanned one.


There was plenty of offense and plenty of running as three players had three-baggers. Don't know if I have seen that many triples by one team in a single game.

Among them, Tyler Henley also had a single and an RBI. Donovan Solano scored twice.


Daryl Jones not only tripled and had two RBIs, but he was one of three players that doubled. Steve Hill added an RBI two-bagger of his own and Jon Edwards also joined the two-base fun.



Quad Cities 7, Great Lakes 5


Brian Broderick had an excellent three inning outing, with just one baserunner on a hit, while fanning three. Wayne Daman went two, also with a single hit against him, though an unearned run game across the plate. Matt North was touched for three runs in two innings and Logan Collier was also charged with a run in his pair of frames on the mound.


In another oddity, all nine Quad Cities starters had at least one hit. They include Beau Riportella, with a pair of triples and a pair of RBIs, too. Jose Garcia smacked a three-run home run. D'Marcus Ingram had two hits and Charlie Pelt doubled and walked, scoring both times.




Basic player stats provided through the courtesy of Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch.



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