The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/15

Memphis, Springfield & Palm Beach all picked up wins Tuesday night and find themselves in first place in their respective divisions, while Quad Cities drops their fourth straight and are still looking for their first win of the season. IN THE NEWS; Trey Hearne, Mark Hamilton, Daryl Jones, Osvaldo Morales, Adron Chambers, Jermaine Curtis and much more...


Games Played Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 8-3 over New Orleans

Memphis won their third game in a row as the Redbirds scored three runs in the first inning and hung four more runs on the board in the second to claim a commanding 7-1 lead after two innings.

Nick Stavinoha's RBI-double tied the game at 1-1 before Allen Craig's two-run home run to right field gave the ‘Birds the lead for good. In the second RBI-singles from Stavinoha and Tyler Greene scored two more runs and starting pitcher Clayton Mortensen drove in a run with his first career triple. Craig finished the night with a team-high three hits to pace the Redbirds season-best 12 hits.

Outfielder Jon Jay, who is off to a very hot start this season, went 2-for-4 last night and scored three runs, while batting in the two hole, a perfect place for him in the lineup. Joey "Bombs" Mather, a kid I still have high hope for, continues to struggle, going 0-for-5 last night as his batting average falls to .059 (1-for-17).

Mortensen earned the win with five innings of work giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits. The right-hander walked three and struck out four to deliver the Redbirds third straight win.


It's possible that a roster move will be made in the next couple of days that would send RHP Mitchell Boggs to St. Louis to replace the injured Chris Carpenter. Memphis pitcher P.J. Walters has been impressive this spring and out of the gate for Memphis, but isn't on the Cardinals 40-man roster and probably just behind Boggs on the depth chart.

The ‘Birds and Z's play tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Boggs will get his second start for Memphis and face New Orleans right-hander Brett Sinkbeil.

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: 4-1, 1st Place, PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 8-7 over Midland

Down 6-3 going into the bottom of the third, the "Never Say Die" Springfield Cardinals battled back to score a run in the third, fourth and sixth, before scoring three runs in the eight to hold on and beat the Midland Rockhounds 8-7, in front of the hometown crowd of 5,753 who braved another cool windy April night at Hammons Field.

Starter Kyle Mura didn't make it out of the second inning, giving up five runs, four of them earned on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. Reliever Trey Hearne came in and pitched 4.1 effective innings, giving up only one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Elvis Hernandez picked up the win with two scoreless frames and Francisco Samuel picked up his first save despite giving up a run while managing to still strike out the side in the top of the ninth.

First baseman Mark Hamilton who was just activated earlier in the day off the DL, had three RBIs, coming off of two doubles in five plate appearances and scored a run in his first game back. Catcher Steven "the King" Hill drove in two runs as he went 3-for-5 to raise his batting average to an impressive .353 (6-for-17). Can't leave off centerfielder and leadoff man Jim Rapoport, he reached base three times with a base hit and two walks as he scored twice, a very good night for your leadoff hitter. Rapoport is hitting .320 and leads the teams in walks with six through his first six games and is tied with the team lead with six runs scored.

THE FIRST MOVE: In the first Double-A transaction of the year, the St. Louis Cardinals have sent 1B Mark Hamilton to Springfield, as he joins the club from St. Louis' Spring Training Facility in Jupiter, Florida. Hamilton, who's seen action with Springfield in both 2007 and 2008, had been on the Disabled List with an infection in his right foot. Hamilton takes the spot of Brandon Buckman, who was placed on the Disabled List today with an unspecified injury. Seems like there are a lot more unspecified injuries than there used to be.

DARYL JONES UPDATE: Cards' left-fielder Daryl Jones suffered a bruise on his right cheek in Sunday night's game, as he was hit by a pitch by Midland's James Heuser. After laying on the ground motionless for ten seconds, Jones eventually popped up and attempted to make his way to first base. He was removed from the game for precautionary reasons, and was held out of Monday's game and will sit again today as a precaution. He's expected to be back in the lineup on Thursday at Frisco.

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


RECORD: 3-3, Three-way Tie for 1st Place, Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 6-3 over Sarasota

The Cardinals doubled up on the Sarasota Reds Tuesday night at Roger Dean Stadium, winning 6-3 as they improve to 4-1 on the season and take sole possession of first place in the Florida State South Division.

Mark Diapoules was tagged with a blown save before picking up his first win of the season. Mark gave up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three in his two innings on the mound. Ryan Kulik pitched three complete innings to start the game, giving up a run on three hits and a walk while adding three strikeouts to his stats. Blake King pitched two scoreless frames and Eduardo Sanchez earned his first save with two scoreless frames, facing just seven batters.

Left-fielder Adron Chambers had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two triples and two runs scored, to raising his batting average to .500 (7-for-14). Third baseman Jermaine Curtis did what he was suppose to do as the Cardinals leadoff man, reaching base three times, on a base hit and two walks as he scored three runs Tuesday night. You may have to start adding the name Curtis to the mix when talking about all the talent at third base in the Cardinals organization. Curtis is hitting .421 (8-for-19) and has scored five times in the first five games.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: Kozma contributed to the offense, with a two-run double. The Cardinals former #1 First Round Draft Pick went 1-for-5 and is hitting .261.

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: 4-1, 1st Place, FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Beloit 10-7

The rain stopped but the pain continues as the Quad Cities River Bandits finally opened their home schedule on Tuesday night at Modern Woodmen Park, as they lost their fourth straight game to start the season, this time by the score of 10-7 to the Beloit Snappers.

The River Bandits fell behind early and never recovered on Tuesday night, trailing from wire to wire in a 10-7 loss to Beloit at Modern Woodmen Park. Quad Cities trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, but rattled off four consecutive singles and pulled within 4-3. That was as close as they would get, however, as they fell behind by as much as 10-4 before making it closer in the ninth. Osvaldo Morales went 2-for-5 with four RBI to lead the offense, while Jon Edwards and Charlie Cuter also chipped in with two hits and an RBI apiece. The Snappers were too much, however, led by a 2-for-3 day by Ramon Santana that featured one double, one homer, two runs scored and two driven in.

Starter George Brown was tagged with the team's fourth loss, giving up four runs, three of them earned on five hits and two walks, through four innings. It could have been worse, but Brown struck out six to keep the game within reach. Gary Daley, after an impressive scoreless inning and a third, first appearance for the Bandits, pitched just one-third of an inning, giving up three runs on a couple of hits and three walks. David Carpenter, the former catcher, gave up two runs in his two innings on the mound to close out the game. Carpenter allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four. Give Carpenter some time.

Big Bopper: Early in the season, 1B Osvaldo Morales has distinguished himself as the River Bandits most potent offensive weapon. The 21-year-old Dominican drove in four runs on Tuesday night, and is 5-for-13 with two doubles and five RBI over his last three games. Morales had a tough experience in the Midwest League in 2008 (.194-2-6 in 27G), but after being sent down was able to finish fourth in the Appalachian League with 12 home runs and added 25 extra-base hits in just 47 games.

COMING UP The River Bandits continue their season-opening homestand with a doubleheader on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

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


RECORD: 0-4, 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 - Trey Hearne

On the mound for Springfield in relief of Kyle Mura who was knocked out of the game in the second inning, Hearne pitched four effective innings of relief giving the Cardinals a chance to bounce back and win Tuesday night, 6-3 over Beloit. Clayton Mortensen was also impressive in his start for Memphis, giving up just two hits and one earned run in his five innings on the mound.



Minor League Player of the Day - Osvaldo Morales

The 21-year-old Dominican drove in four runs on Tuesday night for Quad Cities in losing cause, and is 5-for-13 with two doubles and five RBI over his last three games.


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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