Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/07

The Springfield Cardinals are off to their worst start since 2005, losing their first four games of the season. Sunday's starter, Adam Ottavino, the former first round draft pick was roughed up in his Double-A debut.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 7-1 over Oklahoma

The Redbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the RedHawks in the third inning and never looked back. Scoring seven runs on 12 hits. The Memphis pitchers allowed just one run on three hits and two walks.

Starter John Wasdin pitched six solid innings, giving up just one run on a solo home run in the fourth inning. Wasdin didn't walk anybody and struck out two. Relievers Mark Worrell, Jason Motte and Cliff Politte combined for three no-hit innings in a non-save situation of course.

The Redbirds got the bulk of their hits off the former St. Louis Cardinal, Sidney Ponson. Ponson gave up four of the six runs on seven hits, two of them home runs and three walks through five innings. Don't expect the Cardinals to attend another workout session for Ponson.

Amaury Marti hit his second home run of the season, driving in two runs and scoring twice. If he lives up to his potential, they may have to send a limousine to pick him up in Memphis soon. First baseman Josh Phelps went 3-for-5 with a double and scored twice.

With the win the Redbirds spilt the four-game series with the RedHawks and come out of their first series with a .500 record (2-2).

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: The St. Louis Cardinals top prospect, Colby Rasmus hit his first home run of his Triple-A career. He reached base a second time, beating a shift that was put on him, proving the old adage, you just hit them where they ain't.


RECORD – 2-2, 1st Place


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Midland 7-4

The Cardinals looking for their first win of the season gave the ball to Adam Ottavino on Sunday. The former first round pick didn't fare well in his Double-A debut getting knocked out of the game in the fourth inning. Adam gave up four runs on six hits to include a solo home run in the second inning along with four walks while striking out five.

Third baseman Allen Craig hit his first home run of the season, actually the first home run for Springfield this year. A couple of innings later first baseman Mark Hamilton hit the second shot out of the park to the opposite field for his first home run.

The Cardinals fall to 0-4 on the season to match a franchise record, as the Midland Rockhounds improve to 4-0. The Cardinals lost their first four games in 2005.

LHP Adam Daniels will make his season debut tomorrow night to try to stop the losing streak. He started 15 games for the Cardinals in 2007, finishing with a record of 5-7 with a 5.94 ERA.

The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted right-handed reliever Cory Rauschenberger to Triple-A Memphis. Rauschenberger spent the entire 2007 season with Springfield, going 11-8 with an ERA of 4.68 in 28 appearances (26 starts). The Alabama native made just one appearance so far for Springfield in 2008, firing two perfect innings against Frisco on Friday night. He replaces Kelvin Jimenez, who was promoted to the big leagues to replace Russ Springer, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Springfield has not made a move to replace Rauschenberger's roster spot, and therefore enters the Midland series with only 23 active players.

After days of rumors, we can now confirm that right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro is scheduled to make a start on a rehab assignment in Springfield this coming Tuesday at 12:10 pm against the Midland RockHounds. It's unknown how many pitches Pineiro is scheduled to throw, as he comes back from right shoulder capsulitis. (that's how you spell it trust me, I'm practically a doctor) P.J. Walters, originally scheduled to start on Tuesday, will follow Pineiro out of the bullpen.

Springfield's roster features 11 of our Top 25 Cardinals prospects. Leading the way is C Bryan Anderson (#2), LHP Jaime Garcia (#3), RHP Adam Ottavino (#5), RHP Clayton Mortensen (#9), OF Jon Jay (#19), INF Allen Craig (#11), RHP P.J. Walters (#10), INF Jose Martinez (#7), INF Mark Hamilton (#12), RHP Luke Gregerson (#24) and INF Tyler Greene (#17).

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Cody Haerther is back sports fans, and don't count him out, as he is still only 23 years old. He should be breaking back into the Top 40 Prospect rankings and showing up on the Birdhouse Prospect Power Rankings soon. Haerther missed most of last season due to a wrist bone bruise that he suffered in spring training. I talked with him this past week and I think he is in the best shape of his career.


RECORD: 0-4, Last Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 5-3 over Brevard County

The Palm Beach Cardinals continue to be the hottest team in the Florida State League, beating the Brevard County Manatees 5-3 on Sunday. The Cardinals took an early lead with a run in the top of the second, but the Manatees two in the third to take the lead, if only for a moment. The Cardinals responded with two runs in the next inning, off a two-run double by Daniel Descalso. The Manatees scored their final run in the bottom of the same inning. The Cardinals would go onto score two more unanswered runs for their fourth straight win.

Starting pitcher Jess Todd,'s Batavia Muckdogs Starting Pitcher of the Year last season, pitched three complete innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Todd was the Cardinals' second-round draft pick last season and was #18 in the 2008 Birdhouse Top 40 Prospects rankings.

Kyle Sadlowski took home is first win of the season, giving up just one runs in three innings and Josh Dew earned his second save already, closing the game out with two scoreless frames.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Brandon Buckman (BH #37) is hitting .462 through the Cardinals first four games. Buckman was a frequent guest on our Player of the Day awards, hitting .341 with 14 HRs and 52 RBI for Quad Cities. He finished the season playing 50 games for Palm Beach, where he hit .268 with five home runs and 27 RBI.


RECORD: 4-0, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A): Winners 6-1 over Wisconsin

Leadoff man, left-fielder Adron Chambers had an RBI base hit and a sac fly to give the Bandits all the offense they would need on Sunday. Center fielder Justin Roberson had his first two hits of the season, and scored twice. Shortstop Domnit Bolivar had two hits and drove in a run.

Starter Blake King pitched 3.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six batters. Reliever Wayne Damon earned his first win and Andres Rosales his first save.

Quad Cities hits the road Monday for a three game set with Cedar Rapids.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: The St. Louis Cardinals first round draft pick of 2007, drafted as shortstop, playing third base Sunday, Pete Kozma went 1-for-5 on the night and scored a run. The highly-touted prospect is hitting .214 (3-for-14).


RECORD: 2-2, 3rd Place, 2 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS)

Season begins June 18th, on the road against the Auburn Doubledays

2007 RECORD: 31-43, 12th Place, 16.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R)

Season begins on June 17th, on the road against the Bristol Sox

2007 RECORD: 28-40, 3rd Place, 22.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)

Season begins on June 19th, on the road against the GCL Marlins

2007 RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R)

Season begins in May

2007 RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R)

Season begins in June

2007 RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - John Wasdin

Wasdin pitched six solid innings for the Memphis Redbirds Sunday, giving up only one run, a good enough start for the Memphis Redbirds to even their record at .500, with a four game split with Oklahoma.



Minor League Player of the Day - Mark Hamilton

The Springfield Cardinals are looking for some offense and trying to get their first win of the season. Hamilton responded by going 3-for-4 on Sunday to include a home run, his first and the only second home run for the Cardinals. Hamilton is hitting .364 through Springfield's first four games.


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