The Memphis Redbirds Report: 04/08/08

Our weekly report on happenings with the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League. Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir may have the hottest bat in the first week of play.

Memphis might be in a basketball state of mind but with the NCAA season now over, fans' can shift their attention to AutoZone Park.   Featuring one of their most talented teams in years, the Redbirds look to become Pacific Coast League Champions for the first time in over a decade.




The Redbirds kicked off their season on the road gaining a split against a very talented Oklahoma (Texas Rangers) team.  Oklahoma took the first game and the two teams alternated wins for the rest of the four-game series.  On Monday, the team traveled to the Bayou for a four-game series with the New Orleans Zephyrs (New York Mets).  The Redbirds took the first game of the series by an overwhelming 9-1 margin. 


Who's Hot


Jarrett Hoffpauir is trying to prove his 2007 was no fluke posting a .463/.563/.615 line in the early going.  Joe Mather continues to make the big league take notice by slugging .750 in his first five games.  Amaury Marti is exhibiting the power the Cardinals front office expected when they drafted him, as he is tied for the team lead in home runs with two, and RBIs with six. Brian Barden leads the team in hits, eight, and is second in RBIs with five.


John Wasdin picked up the first victory for a starter with six efficient innings of work on Sunday.  Mitchell Boggs followed on Monday and also went out and notched six innings, allowing only an unearned run.  Mark Worrell has made two appearances covering 3.1 innings.  The submariner has not allowed a run and recorded the team's first victory of 2008.  Hugo Castellenos recorded a 1.93 ERA in 4.2 innings.  Jason Motte has not allowed a run and has six strikeouts in 3.2 innings.


Who's Not


Blake Hawksworth gave up six runs in only 4.2 innings in his 2008 debut.  Former indy baller Joe Rogers allowed five runs in 5.1 innings in his Redbird debut.  David Freese is hitting only .211 in his first 19 at bats.  Nick Stavinoha is batting only .231 but does have three RBIs in four games.   


Who's Hurting  


Matt Pagnozzi and Mike Sillman both start the season on the 7-day disabled list.  Juan Gonzalez is on the temporary inactive list, recovering at home in Puerto Rico. Whether or not he will eventually report is unclear. 


Who's on the Move


With reliever Russ Springer going on the disabled list for the Cardinals, Kelvin Jimenez was promoted to the big leagues.  To take his spot, Cory Rauschenberger, who was recently moved to the bullpen, was promoted up from Double-A Springfield. 


The Pacific Coast League


Offensively, the Redbirds are hitting .279, sixth in the 16-team league.  Colorado Springs leads the PCL with a .348 team average.  The team's 4.29 ERA ranks eighth in the league.  Memphis' 3-2 record matches Omaha for the best record in the Pacific Coast American North Division.


Up Next


The Redbirds have three more games in the Big Easy before returning home for their home opener against the Omaha Royals on Friday.  The team is planning a "Hollywood style" event with fans arriving on the red carpet while staff in black ties welcomes those in attendance. 



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