The links are coming! The links are coming!
How many lanterns is it for ‘by internet’?
There’s a lot of links tonight so we’re jumping early. 5 games tonight as Memphis has a double header today. This might be the longest DFR I’ve written this year. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Allen Craig is versatile now. I get a little bitter over reading headlines like that; not because they are false but because I think the organization would be best served with Craig at third and Wallace in AA.
”I think I was just swinging at everything,” Craig said. ”I wasn’t being patient. I wasn’t recognizing that they weren’t giving me too many pitches to hit. I was just trying to get something done to help the team, but it just wasn’t working.”
There’s just not a lot of players in the organization right now that come to mind with good plate discipline. Brett Lilley, Tyler Henley, Daryl Jones. . . Wallace should be on that list but he seems to be free swinging a bit as of late.
Autozone Park and the Memphis Redbirds are struggling with debt. This isn’t new news but it is a bit concerning. The St. Louis Cardinals made overtures to purchase the team prior to the economy really taking a dive.
Jim Rapoport, you might be in the wrong organization. A profile on the Springfield Cardinal centerfielder says the following:
The pool of outfield prospects in the Cardinals organization is crowded, and Rapoport stands out because of his speed and defense, not his bat.
The problem is that the pool of outfield prospects is crowded with good defenders who can also hit. Jon Jay is no slouch in centerfield. Tyler Henley, now my favorite prospect with CR in the bigs, brings some slick leather. Daryl Jones is never going to be a true centerfielder but he’s got the wheels to be a Carl Crawford style defender in left. But Rapoport is having a nice go of it in AA with a .363 OBP and a walk rate around 13%.
Matt Baker does a profile on David Kopp and the injuries he’s struggled with. Kopp was recently promoted to AA. This is also a player that’s been a point of contention between injury experts who have praised his mechanics and reality which has frayed his labrum. Great read. Oh yeah, he blogs too.
The 23-year-old outfielder had looked good at times before this homestand, but he never really jumped out at me. Then, last week, I check his stats, and he’s hitting .330 — a very quiet .330, as someone in the press box noted. After three RBI yesterday, a grand slam Saturday and a nine-game hitting streak, he’s no longer flying under the radar.
Derrik Goold has the info on a Latin American prospect, Wagner Mateo, that the Cardinals are being linked too. After throwing some money at Roberto de la Cruz last year, they’re getting a little more play with the bigger prospects down there. I have a hard time getting too excited about Latin American prospects. I fell like there’s a significant gap in what we, as third party observers, can glean. There’s just not as much info out there on these players for us to tap into which makes me hesitant to act as if they are known quantities to me. That doesn’t mean that the Cardinals don’t know what they’re doing — they have scouts and an Academy down there — but I’m not going to thump my chest on the topic.
Brian Walton reports that the tandem pitching rotation in Quad Cities is being done away with early. It’s really hard to be interested in the River Bandits this year but I’m definitely not a fan of the tandem pitching system so I’m glad this is happening.
- Tyler Greene and Jon Jay were 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Joe Mather, playing right field, was 1-for-2 with a walk.
- The Cardinals were defeated by Jeff Smardiszscewaaja. He pitched all 7 innings, hit a homerun and picked up the win.
- Evan MacLane allowed 4 runs in 6 innings on 8 hits. He struck out 1 and walked 1 before turning it over to
- Fernando Salas who allowed a hit, a walk and a run.
- Tyler Greene was 2-for-4 with a double. Request to the Memphis scribes (or Derrick Goold): please ask if there is something different with T. Greene’s swing this year. He’s not show this kind of contact ability and patience at the plate previously.
- Bryan Anderson played 1st base. I refuse to read anything into this. Matt Pagnozzi went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
- Adam Ottavino walked 3 in 4 innings allowing 5 hits. He struck out 3 and was responsible for both the Iowa runs. He’d only thrown 62 pitches before being pulled, which seems odd since this was the second game of the day.
- Josh Kinney tossed 2 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 2.
- Jess Todd picked up the win with a 2K, 1 hit 9th. He’s 3-1 on the season with 28Ks in 22 innings and just 7 walks.
- DJ Tools was 2-for-4 with a walk hitting leadoff.
- Donovan Solano was 2-for-4.
- Daniel Descalso was 2-for-5 with a double.
- Pete Kozma was 2-for-4.
- Trey Hearne was 1-for-2 with a 3-run HR. He also pitched 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3.
- Francisco Samuel pitched to 3 batters, walking all 3, before being pulled. He landed on several top prospect lists, which seems to be the kiss of death for low-level relievers in our organization.
- Tyler Norrick picked up the save allowing 1 hit and striking out a batter.
- Adron Chambers was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Tommy Pham was 3-for-5 with a double.
- Mark Diapoules pitched 6 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 2.
- Blake King struck out 3 in 2 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned). He walked 1. Don’t look now but he’s approaching a 2:1 K:BB ratio. No seriously, don’t look because he’s still walking nearly a batter an inning.
- Sam Freeman pitched a 1-hit 9th.
- Adam Reifer took the loss allowing 3 hits in the 10th. He’s now 1-5 on the season. He’s been absurdly hittable for a guy with his purported stuff and walking too many batters. He landed on several top prospect lists, which seems to be the kiss of death for low-level relievers in our organization.
- Charles Cutler, Jared Bogany and Osvaldo Morales were each 2-f0r-5.
- Frederick Parejo was 2-for-3 with a walk.
- Scott McGregor pitched 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk. He struck out 5.
- Arquimedes Nieto, after destroying enemy ships with mirrors and sunlight, wound up with a blown save allowing 2 ER in 3 innings. He struck out 3.