Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/09

St. Louis Cardinals' Joel Pineiro makes his first rehab with Memphis. Expectations were high to begin the season, but Springfield continues to struggle while Palm Beach continues its hot start.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds - Fell to New Orleans (Mets) 3-2 in 10 innings

The Cardinals' Joel Pineiro had an efficient rehab start by getting through six innings on only 78 pitches, 57 for strikes, and collected 11 groundouts compared to two fly outs. Pineiro gave up two runs on six hits while striking out five. Cory Rauschenberger followed with two shutout innings. After starting the second game of the season, Joe Rogers came out of the bullpen and was charged with the loss after giving up the winning run in the bottom of the tenth.

Brian Barden collected two hits and scored a run. Both Colby Rasmus and Joe Mather singled and reached by a walk. Rasmus also scored a run. Nick Stavinoha and Josh Phelps each had a hit and an RBI. Stavinoha also drew a walk.

Memphis falls to 3-3 on the season.


RECORD – 3-3, 2nd Place, 1 GB


Springfield Cardinals - Lost to Midland (A's) 6-2

Manager Pop Warner tried to get things going by shaking up his lineup on Tuesday night. Tyler Greene led off and got a single and drew a walk. He did commit his third error of the season and is now hitting only .105. Jon Jay was moved down to the sixth spot in the order and responded with his first home run of the season, a two run bomb. Fifth hole hitter Jose Martinez drew a walk and scored on Jay's home run. Brandon Yarbrough collected the Cardinals only other hit. Shane Robinson went hitless and committed an error. In its' last three games, Springfield has committed seven errors.

The Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year, P.J. Walters, falls to 0-2 on the young season. Walters gave up three runs on six hits while striking out nine in five innings. He has walked one batter on the season compared to 14 strikeouts in 10 innings early on. Nick Webber gave up one run in 1.1 innings without giving up a hit. The Central Missouri product was unable to get out of the seventh as he walked four of the five hitters he faced. Rob Zimmermann followed and did not allow any of the inherited runners to score though he would give up a solo shot in the eighth. Luke Gregerson allowed a solo home run in his only inning of work.

With high expectations coming into the season, Springfield is now 0-6 on the season.


RECORD: 0-6, Dead Last


Palm Beach Cardinals - Thumped Daytona (Cubs) 9-0

Brad Furnish dominated for the Cardinals with four shutout innings, allowing only one hit and two runs. Of the 12 balls put in play, 10 were groundouts. His mate in the tandem starter system, Mark McCormick did not have as good of a night. The former first rounder labored through two shutout innings, giving up one hit, walking four, but notched five strikeouts. Marco Gonzalez pitched a scoreless fifth and was credited with the win. Kenny Maiques gave up two walks and two hits in two shutout innings.

Daryl Jones continues his torrid start with two hits, including a home run, and two runs scored. He did strikeout twice and is hitting .391 early on. Daniel Descalso collected three hits and scored three runs. Tyler Henley added two hits with a walk, an RBI, and two runs. Brandon Buckman contributed a double and two RBIs.

Palm Beach leads the Florida State League with a 5-1 record.


RECORD: 5-1, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits - RAINED OUT

For the second time in the season's first week, the Quad Cities River Bandits have been rained out.

Tuesday's scheduled night game in Cedar Rapids was postponed due to rain, setting the stage for a doubleheader at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. The twin bill will consist of two seven-inning games with a 30-minute break in between.

Quad Cities will send J.D. Stambaugh to the mound for game one on Wednesday while Shaun Garceau will get the nod in game two.

RECORD: 3-2, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs

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

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


Johnson City Cardinals

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

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

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


VSL Cardinals

Season begins in May

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


DSL Cardinals

Season begins in June

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



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Brad Furnish

The TCU product continues his quest toward Springfield with four more shutout innings for Palm Beach. Furnish collected 10 of the 12 outs via the groundball.



Minor League Player of the Day - Daryl Jones

After years teasing Cardinal fans with his exceptional tools, Daryl Jones is finally seeing his potential translate to performance on the field. On Tuesday, Jones hit his first home run of the season to go along with a single and two runs scored.




Coming Up Sunday, Week Two of the "Prospect Power Rankings"



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