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Need a Venezualan Summer League fix? Josh Jones has details over at The Cardinal Nation. It’s important to remember that stats from the VSL and DSL are going to be highly variable due to the quality of competition from a year to year basis. The league is probably on par with one of the short season clubs but not low-A ball.
Blake Hawksworth is having quite a run.
“It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve had a stretch like this, but at the same time I’m trying not to make too much of a big deal out of it, just keep working,” said the 26-year-old Hawksworth (4-3).
I’m still not sold on Hawksworth being a major league caliber starter. He’s always been noted for his changeup but injuries robbed him of his velocity on his fastball.
Jon Jay just isn’t getting the hits to fall.
“I don’t worry about Jon Jay. He’s is a .300 hitter everywhere he’s gone, and he is still technically in his first trip around this league,” said St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league hitting coordinator Dan Radison, who was finishing up a weekend with the Redbirds on Monday.
“He’s also getting back to the things he does best, going to the gaps, hitting line drives. He’s a Wade Boggs-type hitter.”
That’s something of a tall comparison but I don’t think Jay’s slump is really a downfall yet. He’s got a .304 BABIP with 21% line drive rate, which speaks towards some bad luck.
Matt Baker has some updates on roster moves:
- Joe Williams release ends the brief Mike Marshall flirtation.
- Matt Arburr replaces Mark Hamilton who landed on the DL with a groin injury. If I ever feel a ‘pop’ down there, I think I’d cry like a little girl. It’s a tough break for Hamilton who was batting over .300, getting on base 45% of the time and slugging nearly .600.
- Jon Jay was 2-for-4 with a HR.
- Allen Craig was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Mark Shorey was 3-for-4 with a HR.
- Evan MacLane went 6.1 innings allowing 8 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 2. Most of the damage (3 ER) came on a 2-run HR.
- Josh Kinney pitched a scoreless frame striking out 1.
- The Destroyer, Jess Todd, was less than effective at gobbling up worlds this time. He takes the blown save allowing a Izzy-esque 3 runs while retiring just 2 batters. He’s still having a great season having struck out 27 in 21 innings. He’s walked a measly 7 and given up just 1 HR. If the Cardinals didn’t already have a gaggle of major league relievers and 40 man roster problems, Todd might be in the majors already. That said, if the Cardinals are committed to Todd in the bullpen then they shouldn’t hesitate to trade someone like Chris Perez or Jason Motte given the right circumstances.
- Daryl Jones was 2-for-5 witha walk.
- Steven Hill wears the golden somebrero for the week going 0-for-5 with 4 strikeouts.
- Tyler Henley was 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk. Quick guess who has the higher OPS between Henley & Jones. If you guessed Jones, you’re wrong.
- Trey Hearne allowed 2 solo HRs in 6 innings for the only scoring while he was on the mound. He allowed 1 other hit, walked 4 and struck out 2. I’m going to guess that it was a tight strikezone since QC batters drew 9 walks and Tulsa drew 6.
- Pop Warner went all Tony La Russa on us with a parade of relievers. Pete Parise pitched a scoreless inning. Tyler Norrick allowed a run to tie the game in his inning of work. Francisco Samuel allowed an earned run walking 2 and striking out 2. Eduardo Sanchez retired one batter and Brad Furnish retired a batter. 4 innings, 6 relievers.
- Colt Sedbrook was hit by a pitch and walked twice.
- Mark Diapoules had a Scott McGregor outing. One out, walking 3, hitting 1 and 1 hit all allowing 4 ER.
- Blake King struck out 4 in 2.2 innings of work. He walked just 1.
- Chuckie Fick pitched 2 scoreless innings.
- Sam Freeman pitched a scoreless frame.
- Osvaldo Morales, Jairo Martinez and Alex Castellanos all recorded 2 hits.
- Adam Veres struck out 3 in 4.2 innings. He allowed 1 walk and 5 hits for 2 runs (1 earned).
- Kevin Thomas allowed 3 walks and 4 hits in 1.2 IP. He was tagged for 3 runs.
- Casey Mulligan struck out 1 in 4 outs.