The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/12

P.J. Walters carried a no-hit bid into the sixth as Memphis beat Oklahoma City 1-0 Saturday night at AutoZone Park. In other farm news; Springfield holds on for dear life to win 5-4 over Frisco; Palm Beach gets hammered up by Jupiter in 5-1 loss and Quad Cities is still looking for their first win of the season after losing three straight to Wisconsin


Games Played Saturday April 11th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 1-0 over Oklahoma City.

Memphis scored a run in the first and held on to beat Oklahoma City 1-0 Saturday night at AutoZone Park.

Redbirds starter P.J. Walters dominated the RedHawks over seven innings to earn the win. The right-hander did not allow a hit until the sixth inning when Julio Borbon singled to center to break up the no-hit bid. Walters allowed only three base runners on the night fanning six, walking one and giving up just two hits. Reliever Chris Perez nailed down the win in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Elizardo Ramirez was the tough-luck loser, allowing one run on six hits across seven innings.

Shane Robinson led off the bottom of the first with a double to left field and came around to score the only run of the game on Jon Jay's ground out to shortstop. Robinson had two of the Redbirds six hits on the night.

Memphis and Oklahoma City wrap up their opening series tomorrow afternoon with game time slated for 1:35 p.m. Right-hander Blake Hawksworth gets the call for the home team against the Texas Rangers No. 2 prospect, southpaw Derek Holland

Walters continues to impress the organization after he looked sharp in the April 3 exhibition game with the Cardinals, pitching seven innings against his teammates, with two strikeouts and no earned runs. Walters made his first Triple-A appearance last season and finished the year leading the Redbirds in strikeouts with 122. He also achieved career-highs in 2008 with 158.0 innings pitched and 29 games as a starter. His stock is clearly rising.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), Mitchell Boggs (#8), Jon Jay (#10), Clayton Mortensen (#11), Adam Ottavino (#13), Allen Craig (#14), Tyler Greene (#17), P.J. Walters (#23), Nick Stavinoha (#30), and Shane Robinson (#33).


RECORD: 2-1, 1st Place Tie, PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 5-4 over Frisco

The Cardinals staved off an ugly almost completely successful ninth inning rally by the Roughriders to come away with a 5-4 win.

The Roughriders took advantage of some wildness by Cardinals in the top of the ninth. The Riders scored a pair of runs with no outs on a walk, a hit batter, a wild pitch, a passed ball and a single to cut the lead to 5-3. With two on, the Cardinals brought in former Southern Illinois University star, Tyler Norrick to close out the game. Norrick allowed one more run on a ground out, but struck out Chad Tracy with the tying run at second base, to pick up his first save of the season.

Starter Brandon Dickson gave up one run on three hits and two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch while striking out eight.

OF Daryl Jones and 2B Daniel Descalso both went deep Saturday night to pace the offense. Jones went 2-for-3 with the home run and two RBIs. RF Antonio DeJesus also had two RBIs to contribute to the scoring.

Brett Wallace, the Cardinals top minor league prospect now with Colby Rasmus on the major league roster, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: The 11 new additions to the Double-A roster include every member of the bullpen; RHP Trey Hearne, RHP Elvis Hernandez, LHP Kristhiam Linares, RHP Kenny Maiques, LHP Tyler Norrick, RHP Pete Parise and RHP Francisco Samuel, who will most likely be the team's closer. Catcher Tony Cruz will serve as the team's primary backstop, while infielder Mike Folli and outfielders Antonio DeJesus and Tyler Henley will all be making their Double-A debuts this season.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Brett Wallace (#2), Daryl Jones (#5), Francisco Samuel (#19), Tyler Herron (#25), and Steven Hill (#29).


RECORD: 2-1, 1st Place, Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Jupiter 5-1

The Jupiter Hammerheads kept the Cardinals nailed down to one run Saturday night to send the Baby Birds home with a 5-1 loss.

Shortstop's Pete Kozma's double in the first inning was as close as Palm Beach came to scoring until the ninth, when Shane Peterson drove in Colt Sedbrook, who had advance to second on an error, with a base hit to center. The Cardinals left two runners stranded on the bases to end the game.

Pete Kozma and Shane Peterson both went 2-for-4, with Peterson's RBI single leading to the only run scored.

Starter David Kopp was tagged with the loss, despite a quality start, if you can have one with the tandem rotation system in place. Kopp scattered five hits over four innings, giving up only one run.

Nick Additon, a pitcher that I've been very high on, that propelled him to #21 in the Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect rankings, was roughed up last night as he gave up three runs, two of them earned, in an inning and a third pitched.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Pete Kozma (#12), Richard Castillo (#15), Lance Lynn (#18), Nick Additon (#21), Adam Reifer (#22), Shaun Garceau (#28), David Kopp (#34) and Curt Smith (#39).


RECORD: 2-1, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Wisconsin 3-1

The Quad Cities River Bandits jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first Saturday afternoon, but failed to score a run after the first inning in a 3-2 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Quad Cities falls to 0-3 on the young season in large part to a series of strong pitching performances, holding the River Bandits to just four runs on 12 hits over the three-game set.

Aaron Luna, playing second base and batting second, walked four times, stole a base and scored the first run. First baseman Osvaldo Morales and catcher Charles Cutler, each drove in a run with Morales scoring the second run on the night.

Starter Chuckie Fick suffered the loss after he gave up three runs on three hits, including a home run and two walks, while striking out two, through five complete innings.

TOP 40 PROSPECT S: Niko Vasquez (#16), Deryk Hooker (#27), Jon Edwards (#32), Arquimedes Nieto (#38) and Ryde Rodriguez (#40)


RECORD: 0-3, Tied for Last Place, MID Western Division


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - The Muckdogs will begin the defense of their NYPL Championship Title on June 19th when they host Auburn at home.

Johnson City Cardinals (R) - The Cardinals will open the season on the road in Kingsport on Tuesday, June 23rd. The Cardinals will play a three game series with the Mets before the action comes to Howard Johnson Field on Friday, June 26th when the Cardinals play host to the Burlington Royals in the 2009 home opener.

Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Season starts mid-June

VSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts mid-May

DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts near the end of May

Minor League Pitcher of the Day - P.J. Walters

Walters was dominant for Memphis in Saturday's 1-0 win over Oklahoma City. He had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning and allowed only three base runners in his seven innings on the mound. I think it's clear now that Walters is next in line to get a call to report to St. Louis, if they need a starter.



Minor League Player of the Day - Shane Robinson

I have to give the edge to the Minor League Player of the Day to Shane Robinson, who hit a double and scored the only run of the night in Memphis' 1-0 victory over Oklahoma City.





Minor League Related Links (R)

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: regular season – from Brian Walton's blog, The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Shelve 11 Minor Leaguers - by Brian Walton

The Cards Extended Invitee List to Extended - by Brian Walton

The Cardinals add 36 to Extended Spring Training - by Brian Walton


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