I don’t really know what to think when I read this quote from the Cardinals’ Dyar Miller:
”I think it was time for Anthony to move on and try a different pasture,” said Miller, now the Cardinals’ minor league pitching coordinator. ”He’s pitched some great games here for the Redbirds. I don’t know what he needs to do at the next level to get over the hump. Maybe he can figure it out with a different organization, hopefully.”
You can interpret that in a variety of ways. Everything from Anthony needed out of the organization to Reyes simply wasn’t going to convert to the next level. At the end of the day, regardless how you feel about Reyes and the whole saga, the Cardinals converted what was once their top pitching prospect in the system into a AA reliever who might be a decent setup man in the bigs. That’s a failure on the part of the organization to leverage their assets, plain and simple.
That has to have been the longest pair of series for the big league club all season. I know I’m emotionally drained after watching those 7 games — I can’t even begin to imagine how they feel. The farm system did well tonight going 4-for-1 with Palm Beach off.
- Brian Barden was 3-for-5 with a double.
- Nick Stavinoha was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
- Josh Phelps was 2-for-4 with a double.
- David Freese was 2-for-3 with a double, HR and a walk. I never really got on the Freese bandwagon (it seemed mutually exclusive with the Craig bandwagon) but he’s been destroying the ball this month. His OPS by month for April through July: .846, .687, .852, 1.100 — whatever he’s doing this month is working for a slash line of .375/.425/.675.
- Clayton Mortensen was superb over 7 innings. He struck out 8 while walking just one for 2 ER. Not as many groundouts as usual but still a tremendous effort. I think he’s going to need to spend at least half of 2009 at Memphis but we’ll see what the org does with him.
- Matthew Scherer threw a perfect 9th striking out 1.
- Jon Jay was 2-for-3 with a double.
- Isaias Garcia was 3-for-5 with a HR.
- Brandon Yarbrough was 2-for-4 with a HR.
- Tyler Herron has not fared well in AA. He allowed 11 hits in 4 innings for 7 ER. He struck out 4 and walked none but still a disappointing start. He and Ottavino have seen their stock take a pretty significant hit this season (albeit for different reasons).
- Luis Perdomo made his Springfield debut pitching a scoreless 8th striking out 1.
Palm Beach was off.
- Adron Chambers was 1-for-5 with a HR.
- Pete Kozma flashed a little pop going 3-for-4 with a HR. His HR was a game tying effort to lead off the 9th.
- Brett Wallace was 0-for-3 with a walk.
- Tommy Pham was 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Nick Additon went 6 innings allowing 2 unearned runs and striking out 3.
- Pete Parise picked up his 11th save striking out 2 in the 9th.
- Frederick Parejo was 2-for-5.
- Charles Cutler was 2-for-4.
- Jermaine Curtis was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
- Zachary Pitts went 5 innings striking out 4 and walking 2. He allowed 3 hits and 1 ER.
- Arquimedes Nieto allowed 2 ER over 3 innings. He took the blown save on the 2 run HR.
- Adam Reifer had a messy hold. He walked 3 and allowed a hit for 2 ER. Not a good showing in terms of command and he had to be pulled with 1 out left in the game.
- Joey Hage was 2-for-5.
- Curt Smith was 2-for-5 with a double.
- Alex Castellanos was 2-for-5.
- Randy Santos had a nice outing striking out 6 over 4 innings. He walked 3 and allowed 1 hit.
- Adam Veres allowed 2 unearned runs over 3 innings while striking out 4 and walking 1.