I’m pleased to announce the new Future Redbirds shop is open for biz. Now you can be the first kid on your block to sport a “Razzle” t-shirt jersey or “The Walrus” long sleeve tee. You can also be the first working stiff in your office to sip your morning joe out of a futureredbirds.net mug. There’s stuff for girls and boys, so be sure to check it out. Big thanks to BigJawnMize for all his hard work on the artwork.
More along the lines of self promotion- This past week I went from being the Q and A’er to the Q and A’ee for three different blogs: Bert Flex, Pitchers Hit Eighth, and the Baseball Zealot, which is a podcast. I admit I was feeling a little out of it while fighting a stomach bug so hopefully I don’t sound like a total doofus. I’m afraid I may have, but it was fun nonetheless. I’d love to have an FR podcast one day.
Allen Craig was ranked third on Baseball America’s weekly Hot Sheet after hitting for a blistering 536/.581/.786 this past week. Craig has been en fuego since the TL all-star break, hitting .368/.417/.641 in 117 at bats. Ben Badler also fielded a question about Craig in his weekly chat, with an encouraging report on his glove work.
Q: Brandon from Nashville, TN asks:
With David Freese (not a great prospect, but not doing too bad) blocking Allen Craig at 3B in AAA, would Craig be able to handle a move to 2B?
A: Ben Badler: He’s a below-average runner with limited range, so I don’t think he would make that move. But one manager in that league did call Craig the best defensive third baseman he’s seen this year.
Maybe the question rather should be can Freese could play 2B. There’s also your weekly “is the sky falling in Colby land?” question in there, which Badler for the thousandth time this year dismissed the notion.
Steve Batterson looks at Richard Castillo and the inroads the Cards have made in Latin America under Luhnow’s oversight.
The farm goes 2-for-6 tonight.
Memphis hitters had a grand total of 4 singles as they were held in check by soft-tossing Josh Geer. Obviously the big story of the night was Chris Carpenter making his second rehab start, and just judging by his line he was a little more under control than his last outing, he had only one walk but he did hit a couple of batters. 53 of his 78 pitches went for strikes and encouragingly, he had 10 ground-outs to just 2 flies. He also allowed a double against Will Venable, a pretty good hitter.
Tyler Greene was the offense for Springfield tonight; he’s enjoying a 14 17-game hitting streak, a franchise record for the Springfield Cards. Jon Jay nearly hit a go ahead HR taking the ball the track for the final out of the game. And Kyle Mura continues to be surprisingly good.
Matt Arburr 3-for-4, 2B, BB.
Brandon Buckman 2-for-5.
Daniel Descalso 2-for-3, HBP.
David DeJesus 1-for-4, 2B, BB.
Shaun Garceau 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 K.
Elvis Hernandez 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K.
Casey Mulligan 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 K.
This lineup is a whole lot less interesting without Daryl Jones. The main guy I’m watching is Tyler Henley, whose offense has gone kaput since coming back from a broken finger. Before the injury he had a .902 OPS, since being activated from the DL: .567. It looks like the Casey Mulligan project hits it’s first little speed bump tonight.
Quad Cities 13, Lansing 4
Paul Vasquez 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, HBP.
Thomas Pham 2-for-5, HR.
Aaron Luna 2-for-5, HR.
Pete Kozma 2-for-3, 2B, 3 BB.
Brett Wallace 0-for-5, BB.
Ryan Kulik 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 9 groundouts.
Jared Bradford 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 K.
Who art thou, Paul Vasquez? It’s time to move him up; he’s hitting .328/.381/.507 and he’s 20-for-42 at catching basestealers. At 23, I’m not sure what else he has to prove in low-A. Earlier this week I pointed out that Kozma hasn’t been walking much lately and he responded by drawing three tonight. Thanks for reading, Pete. He’s now enjoying a nice little hit streak himself; reaching safely in 11 straight games.
Since being demoted to Batavia Eager has 2:1 K/BB ratio and an ERA of 2.17, a stark improvement on the way he was pitching in the QC. Maybe it’s time to bring him back up?
I hadn’t heard if he was injured, but this was Zawacki’s first game back since July 2. He’s sporting an ERA of 7.47.
GCL Update: Ryde Rodriguez, last year’s big July 2 signing, has come on strong as of late, hitting .378/.431/.444 in the month of July. He’s upped his season line to .329/.376/.400 over 85 at bats. Devin Shepherd is also looking pretty decent, with a .302/.393/.377 line over 53 at-bats. His purported power is still yet to show but he’s getting on base. 17 year-old C Juan Castillo hit pretty well last year for the DSL Cardinals last year, and he has a .812 OPS so far in 53 at-bats. He’s 8-for-22 on caught stealing attempts. Gary Daley disaster report: The former 3rd rounder has allowed 19 walks, 6 hit-batsmen, 12 wild pitches and has allowed 19 ER in 6.1 innings. Anthony Ferrara has 13 K’s in 9 innings. Eric Fornataro has 9 K’s and 5 walks in 12 innings pitched, with 1 earned run.