The Johnson City Cardinals enter their 36th consecutive season as an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals (54th year overall as the Johnson City Cardinals) and will begin play in the Appalachian League (founded 1937) at home against the Kingsport Mets on Tuesday night June 22 at 7 PM. Shawn Kerrick will be attending many of the games in person and will file reports and updates during the season.
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Returning Manager and Pitching Coach with New Hitting Coach
Shildt was the hitting and
fielding coordinator for
The pitching coach for the second
year in a row will be Doug White.
White came to
The new hitting coach this year is
Ramon Ortiz. Ortiz replaces Johnny
Rodriguez, who is now the Manager of the Quad Cities River Bandits, the St. Louis Cardinals' lowest A-level full-season minor league team. Ortiz, 57, served as the hitting coach
New Playoff System for 2010
A new four-team playoff structure has been implemented in the 10-team Appalachian League this year. The new system replaces the two-team best-of-three system used for years. The new system was reportedly suggested by the St. Louis Cardinals Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow and was approved by league President Lee Landers and team representatives during the winter.
In the first round of the playoffs, each division leader will face the second place finisher of the opposite division in a best two-of-three series. The series will start September 1 at the home of the second place finisher and will conclude with game two and game three, if necessary, at the home of the division winner. The two winners of the series will play in the Appalachian League Championship Series.
Following the completion of the first round, the two winning teams will square off in a best two-of-three playoff that will begin at the home of the easternmost club in 2010. The Championship Series will conclude with game two and game three, if necessary, at the opponent's park.
The new structure should benefit a
The 2009 Appalachian League will have ten teams again this year with no changes to the team names or the affiliations. The schedule for each team has 21 three-game series and a "four plus one" series with one of their geographically closest rivals. All home games scheduled Monday through Friday will start at 7:00 PM EDT. Home games scheduled Saturday and Sunday will start at 6:00 PM EDT. Doubleheaders scheduled due to rainouts usually start one hour earlier. The schedule also includes three league-wide off-days.
· 68 scheduled games over 71 days
· Starts June 22
· 11 games against perennial Appy League powerhouse Elizabethton Twins (seven at home and four on the road).
· Nine games each against the Bristol White Sox, Greeneville Astros, and Kingsport Mets
6 road games at
6 home games vs.
· Six games each, three home and three away, against the East Division (Bluefield Orioles, Burlington Royals, Danville Braves, Princeton Rays, and Pulaski Mariners).
· Three scheduled off days
July 13 (Tuesday)
August 4 (Wednesday)
August 18 (Wednesday)
· Ends August 31
Top two in each
I met the team Sunday afternoon
and talked with most of the players and coaches about the upcoming season. The 2009 roster currently includes five
of 31 players returning from the 2009 team. C Travis Tartamella, currently in
Of the 31 active players on the
opening day roster, 17 were drafted in the June 2010 First-Year Player Draft and
will begin their professional baseball careers in
Tandem Starting Pitchers (9):
RHP Angel De Jesus (2A) and LHP
Pat Daugherty (2B) – Wednesday vs.
RHP Zach Russell (3A) and
"Bullpen" (3B) – Thursday @
Infielders (8): Philip Cerreto (3B/1B – some OF), Packy Elkins (Utility), Greg Garcia (MIF), David Medina (1B – some OF), Romulo Ruiz (3B/DH), Kleininger Teran (3B/1B – emergency C), Cesar Valera (SS), Colin Walsh (2B/3B).
2010 Draft Picks: 17 of 31
2009 Draft Picks: 4 of 31 (will be 5 of 32 with Tartamella)
2008 Draft Picks: none
2007 Draft Picks: 1 of 31
2008 Free Agents (from
2007 Free Agents (from
2006 Free Agents (from
Tallest: Angel De Jesus and Pat Daugherty – 6'6"
Shortest: Cody Stanley – 5'10"
Oldest: Philip Cerreto – 22 years, 9 months (born October 4, 1987)
Youngest: Cesar Valera – 18 years, 3 months (born March 8, 1992)
Heaviest: Aiden Lucas – 235 lbs.
Lightest: Steven Ramos – 150 lbs.
Longest in the Cardinal organization: Kleininger Teran – signed March 6, 2006
Highest 2010 draft pick: Cody Stanley – 4th round, 139th overall
Highest 2009 draft pick: Virgil Hill – 6th round, 189th overall
Exhibition Game Highlights/Statistics
2B/SS Greg Garcia: 3-for-4, 2B, 3 R, RBI, SF
2B Colin Walsh: 1-for-2, RBI
RF Roberto Reyes: 3-for-5, 2 R
1B David Medina: 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI
LF Chris Edmondson: 0-for-2, RBI, SF, K
LF Steven Ramos: 0-for-1
3B Romulo Ruiz: 1-for-3, 2B, R, K
3B Packy Elkins: 0-for-0, BB
DH Philip Cerreto: 2-for-4, R
C Juan Castillo: 1-for-3, RBI, SF
CF Virgil Hill: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 R
Notes: C Cody Stanley was hit on the right side of his head (near his ear) with a ball this week during practice and was held out of the exhibition game for precautionary reasons. He is expected to play Tuesday night. Teran served as the very busy bullpen catcher.
Seven different pitchers saw action in the game with the third group of tandem starters (Rosenthal and Kiekhefer) combining for the first five innings. The pitchers combined for 113 pitches (85 strikes), one walk, and ten strikeouts while allowing two singles, one double, and one unearned run over eight innings pitched.
Trevor Rosenthal: 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, H, 3 K, 38 pitches (28 strikes), 7-of-10 first-pitch strikes
Dean Kiekhefer: 2 IP, 3 K, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 2-of-6 first-pitch strikes
Drew Benes: 1 IP, H, BB, WP,
Aiden Lucas: 1 IP, K, 12 pitches (8 strikes), 2-of-3 first-pitch strikes
Chris Patterson: 1 IP, K, 7 pitches (6 strikes), 3-of-3 first-pitch strikes
Hector Corpas: 0.2 IP, H (2B), K, 8 pitches (6 strikes), 2-of-3 first-pitch strikes
Francisco Guzman: 0.1 IP, K, 5 pitches (4 strikes), 1-of-1 first-pitch strikes
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