Tonight’s DFR brought to you by Jet Li’s Hero. (We’ll see how a subtitled movie works as DFR writing background.) Barely edged out Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Curse of the Golden Flower. Have there been any quality stylised fight movies since those three?
Kevin Goldstein had some nice writeups for the Futures Game. Here’s the pertinent stuff about the Cardinals.
Brett Wallace, Cardinals (US): On-base machine with questionable power ceiling, even more questionable range at third base.
Had this same conversation at the game today and I don’t think power is ever going to be Wallace’s calling card. He’s a 20-25 guy for me with a great OBP . . . and questionable range at third base.
Daryl Jones, Cardinals (US): His tools really are only a tick below than of Jennings; he can play, too.
Daryl Jones is good. He’s hampered by his knee right now but to get an idea of how good, here’s the pertinent stuff on Jennings from the article.
Jennings is not the middle-of-the-order threat that the other two [Mike Stanton & Jason Heyward] are, but he’s a potentially game-changing leadoff hitter with a patient approach, gap power, and plenty of speed; think Carl Crawford with a little less power but 40 more walks a year.
I still love the Crawford comp for Jones. Speedy left fielder with plus defense and ok power. It’s not the typical LF skillset but it’s one that I prefer to the hulking slugger that the Cardinals have been trying to unsuccessfully employ since the departuer of Reggie Sanders.
Francisco Samuel, Cardinals (World): Nobody questions his stuff (a 93-97 mph fastball and upper-80s slider), but he has no idea where it’s going half of the time.
And that’s exactly what Samuel showcased. Great stuff and questionable command. The Cardinals do not have a good track record of correcting command problems in the minors.
[clang, clang. whip. clang clang. slice]
Memphis 8, Alberquerque 7 (10 innings)
- Jon Jay goes deep for the second time in 3 games. He was 3-for-6 with two doubles also.
- Daniel Descalso was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Donovan Solano was 4-for-5. He’s posted a .321/.361/.365 line in over 150 ABs at Memphis. Still not buying him as a major league player.
- Tyler Greene was 1-for-5 with a walk and 3 stolen bases.
- Oneli Perez got the start with 5 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings. He’s AAA filler and not someone we’ll likely see in the majors but with the incessant and unnecessary shuffling of Walters, Hawksworth, Mortensen and Boggs, the Redbirds needed some reserves to be able to step in.
- Jess Todd picked up the win with 2 scoreless frames. He walked 1 and struck 1 out. Dear GOB, do not let him be the PTBNL in the DeRosa deal.
- Pete Kozma was 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts.
- Steve Hill was 3-for-4 with a triple.
- My boy Tyler Henley was 3-for-5 with a double. I’d like to see him called up in the near future and one of the filler’s in AAA released.
- Trey Hearne had another very good outing going 8 innings allowing just 1 ER. There were 7 hits, 2 walks and 1 strikeout. The caveat I would add to his performance is that he had fewer groundouts than airouts.
- Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless frame with one hit. I’ll be keeping a close eye on his second half to see how he rebounds from the finger injury.
- Adron Chambers was 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of walks.
- Curt Smith was 5-for-6 with 5 RBI. With an OPS around .800 (despite hitting .300), the lack of power and moderate on base skills seem to limit him as a prospect. Please don’t be mad, HL.
- Aaron Luna went yard.
- Blake Murphy, C, was 4-for-6 with a double and a HR.
- Richard Castillo had another uneven outing. He walked 4 in 6 innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 4. He was only hit for 2 ER.
- Blake King struck out 2 and walked 1 in 2 innings of work.
- Alex Castellanos was 3-for-4 with a walk.
- Jack Cawley was 2-for-4.
- Frederick Parejo was 2-for-3 with a walk.
- A rough outing for Scott McGregor who allowed 6 ER in 3 innings on 8 hits.
- Niko Vasquez was 2-for-4 with a triple.
- Beau Riportella was 2-for-4 with a HR.
- Rough outing for Michael Blazek with 7 runs (5 earned) in 3.1 IP. Whie this isn’t entirely true, the Cardinals seem to move any starter with promise fast leaving the minor league teams to deal with a lot of outings like these. You’ve still got some interesting guys like Zawacki in the low minors but I’m once again hopeful for the Shelby MIller signing to infuse some real pitching into the system.
- Luis Mateo and Yunier Castillo both had two hits each with a triple.
- Matt Adams was 1-for-2 with 3 walks.
- Robert Stock was 0-for-2 with 3 walks.