Link Saturday! Turns out when your minor league prospects collectively go belly up, there’s not that much written about them. Who knew?
The Memphis Commercial Appeal writes up Ottavino’s losses.
Twelve starts. No wins. Eight losses. A 5.67 ERA. Forty-one walks in 54 innings.
Those troubles have come from a season-long inability to gain command of his fastball. Ironically, command of all of three of his pitches is what landed Ottavino a spot in the Redbirds rotation out of spring training, allowing the Cardinals to move Jess Todd into a relievers role.
As Ottavino himself says, it’s the walks this season that are so alarming. For me, it’s alarming in two parts: 1) no command makes him a non-entity as a prospect and 2) I’m hoping he’s not injured.
Baseball America taps into my brain about who might be the Cardinals top prospect.
There are several other situations where a talented first-rounder just doesn’t figure to beat out a talented minor leaguer. These include Rangers lefthander Matthew Purke (No. 14) vs. first baseman Justin Smoak, Indians righthander Alex White (No. 15) vs. catcher Carlos Santana and Cardinals righty Shelby Miller (No. 19) vs. third baseman Brett Wallace.
I’m not sure that I disagree with BA here with regards to Shelby Miller. I’m also not sure I agree with them about Wallace. Although the alternative, Daryl Jones, hasn’t been lighting the scouting world on fire apparently.
Batavia gets postponed. Palm Beach has the night off. Double dose of QC tonight though. And away we go.
- Shane Peterson was 2-for-5.
- Adam Reifer recorded 2 outs.
- Scott (edit: Not our)Gorgen allowed a walk in his 1 inning of work.
- Jon Jay and Nick Stavinoha both went 2-for-4.
- Jarrett Hoffpauir walked 3 times.
- Brett Wallace went 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s been better over the last few games. Keep it up BDubs.
- The Cardinals were shut down by Jeff Samardzijia. He allowed 6 hits, walked 4 and struck out 6 over 8 innings.
- Evan McLane allowed 10 hits over 6 innings and 4 ER.
- Charlie Manning pitched 2 scoreless innings walking 2 and striking out 2.
- Kozmanaut went 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk in the leadoff position. Rick Porcello didn’t pitch today.
- Steve Hill was 2-for-5.
- Mark Hamilton was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Nick Derba was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
- Brandon Dickson got the start allowing 3 ER in 5 IP. He allowed 8 hits and struck out 2 walking none.
- Eduardo Sanchez struck out 1 in 2 perfect frames.
Quad Cities 0, Beloit 6 (Game 1: 7 innings)
- Brett Lilley had a double.
- Osvaldo Morales had 2 hits.
- QC amassed 4 hits and 0 walks.
- Hector Cardenas was awful allowing 5 ER in 3 innings. He allowed a HR among 5 hits and 1 walk.
- Andres Rosales struck out 3 batters while recording 4 outs.
Quad Cities 6, Beloit 1 (Game 2: 7 innings)
- Jose Garcia was 2-for-3 with a triple.
- Paul Cruz was 0-for-2 with 2 walks.
- Brett Zawacki allowed 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. The sinker was working as 11 out of 13 outs were groundouts.
- Joel Pichardo struck out 1 in his inning of work.