Jess Todd moves faster than the wind. If he’s involved in the DeRosa deal, that’s going to be a harder trade to stomach. It’s one thing to give up you future closer (Chris Perez) but another to give up him AND the guy that might have been setting him up next year. I still wonder if Todd could handle starting but in the pen he’s a setup guy for me and possibly more than that.
”I don’t think he’s really found his power stroke yet, but that’s something that’s kind of been his trademark is having a lot of power,” Maloney said. ”People have got to understand, he was playing the College World Series (last year). He’s in Triple-A baseball. He’s a young kid and he’s doing a heck of a job for us. He’s going to get better. It’s just a matter of time.”
I agree 100% with Tony LaRussa‘s recent comments about Wallace staying in the minors this year. Sure he’s hitting well at the moment but we’re talking about a 2 week span of success that’s predicated largely on hitting for average. Wallace still isn’t destroying AAA.
One thing Wallace has improved is his defense. He has a strong arm, but what has been most surprising has been his range and footwork for a hefty player listed at 6-2, 205 pounds.
”He’s got good first-step quickness for his size,” Maloney said. ”He’s lost about 15 pounds since spring training so he’s getting in better shape. I expect him, as he improves his physique, his defense is going to get better and better. . He’s still going to have to get a little bit slimmer. He’s never going to be a gazelle-looking kid. Anything he can do to help his quickness is going to be a plus for him.”
First off, there’s not an unrigged scale in the world that’s gonna weigh Wallace in at 205. Second, it’s not the first step that’s the problem; it’s the 4th and 5th. Wallace’s range is simply limited. He may have good first instincts (and that matters at 3rd) but his defense has a ways to go as does his physique as Maloney notes. The Cardinals aren’t shy about these types of comments (they said the same thing to Perez before the season) and kudos to Maloney for not ducking an issue that’s obvious.
How long until HL comes up with a Robert Stock pun? Kevin Goldstein couldn’t resist as Stock made his daily update batch. I think this is just the second Cardinal minor leaguer to make an update this year with Wallace showing up a few weeks ago.
- Jon Jay was 2-for-5.
- Nick Stavinoha was 2-for-3 with a walk.
- Clayton Mortensen had a stellar outing for Memphis. This is why the comments about Mortensen’s role in the big leagues were so premature after his debut last week. Mortensen could use some more seasoning in AAA but he’s got potential to be the best big league starter out side of perhaps Jaime Garcia given time. He goes 7 innings for Memphis striking out 8. He allowed a 2 run HR among 6 hits walking just 1. Even with all the Ks he still had 9 groundball outs among 13 balls in play. Just an excellent outing for Mort.
- Jess Todd picks up the save with a hit and a K.
- Pete Kozma goes 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Tyler Henley was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.
- Colt Sedbrook was 3-for-4 with a double.
- Lance Lynn lacked command during today’s game walking 6. He allowed 2 ER in 5 innings striking out 4.
- Tyler Norrick struck out 5 in 2 IP. He walked 2 and allowed a hit. He’s got his ERA under 4 and has strung together a few solid outings now. The command is still an issue but he’s struck out 63 in 45 IP this season.
- Sam Freeman struck out 2 and walked 1 in 2 innings of work.
- Adron Chambers was 1-for-4 with a walk.
- Oliver Marmol was 3-for-4 with a HR.
- Blake King has the only noteworthy pitching line. He struck out 1 and walked 1 in 2.1 scoreless frames.
- Alex Castellanos and Jason Stidham were 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Travis Mitchell was 2-for-4.
- Brett Zawacki lasted 5.1 innings allowing just 2 ER on 5 hits. He struck out 2 and recorded 9 of 13 outs on the ground.
- Matthew Frevert struck out 3 recording 5 outs. He allowed 1 hit.
Batavia 2, Auburn 3 (Game 1: 7 innings)
- Alan Ahmady continues his hot start going 2-for-4. He’s got a .967 OPS over the first 11 games.
- Ryde Rodriguez cannot be slowed. He has a 3-for-4 effort.
- Jairo Martinez went yard.
- Niko Vasquez was 2-for-3 and is hitting. . . . .136 in Batavia. As the 15th best prospect on our list last year, his season has been an unequivocal disappointment.
- Chris Corrigan struck out 3 in 4 innings. He allowed 3 hits and 1 walk.
Batavia 10, Auburn 11 (Game 2: 7 innings)
- D’Marcus Ingram was 2-for-2 with 3 walks.
- Alan Ahmady was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Xavier Scruggs was 1-for-3 with a double and a pair of walks.
- Ryde Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with a double.
- Ryan Jackson was 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Joe Kelly sighting! 1 IP, 1 K
- Michael Swinson was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. He also stole his 4th base.
- Matthew Adams was 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Robert Stock was 0-for-3 with 3Ks and a walk.
- Edgar Lara was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Justin Smith got tagged for 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits in 3.1 IP.
- Kyle Heim threw 1.2 scoreless frames and Jason Novak chipped in a scoreless frame.