The 2009 Draft is a long way away, but today scouting directors all over baseball were paying attention as the top high school prospects in the country took part in the AFLAC All-American game. It mostly took place during the Cardinals’ game, so I will have to go back and take a look at the tape before I give my full report, but it looks like a very talented class especially on the pitching side. The two lefties, Matt Purke and Tyler Matzek were very impressive from what I saw.
If you want to find out more about the players, saber scouting and baseball america both have break downs of the top talent. Once again this year a local kid was one of the stars. You will hear a lot about St. Charles’ own Jacob Turner between now and June. He was the starter for the west squad and fanned 5 in 2 shutout innings. Hopefully for him he won’t have a senior let down like Tim Melville did this year.
It sure was nice to see the Cardinals put a beat down on Zambrano wasn’t it?
The system finished 3-3 on the night, check out all the highlights inside.
- Josh Phelps 2-3, 2 2B, R, RBI, BB
- Jon Jay 2-4, 2B, RBI
- Nick Stavinoha 1-4
- P.J. Walters 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
- Jason Motte 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Phelps extended his extra base binge, and Jay just keeps getting hits. Outside those two the offense was pretty quiet. Walters put in a solid start, his second straight quality outing. Jason Motte only struck out 1? What was wrong with him?
- Allen Craig 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB
- Mark Shorey 1-4, 2B
- Adam Ottavino 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Ottavino had a nice night, but Springfield just wasn’t able to generate any offense. Craig and Shorey are trying to do what they can, but the loss of Robinson, Jay, and Greene is proving to be too much to overcome. The RBI for Craig was his 80th of the year.
- Tyler Henley 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB
- Pete Kozma 1-5, RBI
- Luke Gorsett 2-4
- Tyler Herron 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- Francisco Samuel 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Henley had an unreal night with 2 of the hits including the homer coming off rehabbing major league lefty Andrew Miller. Kozma went 0-2 with 2 K’s against Miller, but finished 1-3 against the minor leaguers. Tyler Herron continues to pitch well in Palm Beach. I think AA was just a little too much too fast for him. Samuel is just a flat out K machine. With Chris Perez in the bigs, is their a Cardinals’ prospect that has better stuff than Samuel?
- Jon Edwards 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
- Tommy Pham 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB, SB
- Ross Oeder 1-3, HR, R, 3 RBI
- Brett Wallace 1-3, R, BB
- D’Marcus Ingram 1-4, 2B, R
- Chuckie Fick 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
The River Bandits brought out the power sticks tonight going deep 4 times. Jon Edwards had his first two full-season homers. This guy has unreal power when he can make contact. Another guy that struggles to make contact, but is super exciting when he does is Tommy Pham. He now has 15 homers and 15 steals in just 67 games with Quad Cities. If he was there all year would he be looking at a 30/30 season?
- Colt Sedbrook 2-3, HR, R, RBI, BB
- Xavier Scruggs 1-3, 2B, BB
- Chris Swauger 2-4, RBI
- Thomas Eager 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
- George Brown 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
- Adam Reifer 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Mets’ supplemental first rounder Brad Holt was the best pitching prospect on the mound tonight, but don’t tell the Muckdogs’ hurlers. The threesome combined on an absolute gem holding down a lineup that included two first rounders. Adam Reifer is already up to 14 saves. That’s a pretty impressive total for a short season club. Colt Sedbrook looked like roster filler at the time of the draft, but he is quietly having a very strong season. He has hit for average and even shown some occasional power.
- Alex Castellanos 2-4, HR, R, RBI
- Niko Vasquez 0-3, BB
- Curt Smith 2-4, 2B
- Mike Blazek 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- Jon Bravo 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Alex Castellanos continues to mash, but he also committed his 15 error. His stats look nice, but he may not have a position and is a little old for the league. It will be interesting to see where he goes next year and how he responds. Curt Smith also continued his assault on Appy league pitching. The appearance for Bravo was his first since July 15th. Its nice to see him back and pitching well.