The Cardinals fielded teams for a pair of scrimmage games today. The results feature more strikeout artists in the low minors.
Memphis 3, Springfield 2
- PJ Walters struck out 5 in 6 innings of work. He was allowed just 2 runs on 1 walk and 5 hits.
- Tyler Norrick pitched 1.2 innings striking out 2 and walking 4. Norrick is lucky he’s a lefty as he continues to post Gary Daley type walk numbers over the last couple seasons. With a live fastball, he could put things together conceivably but, to date, that’s been nothing more than a thought exercise.
- Eduardo Sanchez struck out 1 in a perfect inning.
- Andrew Brown was 3-for-4 with a double.
- Shane Robinson was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Jim Rapoport and Tony Cruz both went 2-for-3 with a walk.
- Pete Kozma was 1-for-1 with 3(!) walks.
- Michael Blazek was roughed up for 3 runs in just 4.2 innings. He struck out 3 but walked 4 and allowed 5 hits.
- Adam Reifer walked 2 and allowed 3 hits in 1.1 innings but managed a scoreless outing.
- Jose Garcia doubled and walked.
- Nick Derba was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.
Palm Beach 4, Quad Cities 1
- Maikel Cleto allowed just 1 run over 5 innings. I’m a bit startled to see him in the DFR notes with a 5 inning start . . . not sure that it’s worth reading into but it is surprising. He allowed 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out an impressive 7 batters.
- Jesse Simpson struck out 2 in 1 inning of work. Simpson’s put up very good strikeout numbers but I was unimpressed when I saw him last year. Not sure he’s got the stuff to continue to do that at higher levels.
- Aaron Terry pitched a pair of perfect frames.
- Jose Rada pitched a perfect inning.
- D’Marcus Ingram was 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Curt Smith went yard.
- Ryde Rodriguez was 1-for-1 with a shot over the wall and a walk.
- Trevor Rosenthal, not to be overshadowed, allowed just 1 hit in 6 innings while striking out 9. Quad Cities will have an interesting staff to start the season with guys like Seth Blair and Jordan Swagerty headed there but Trevor Rosenthal is the most interesting to me as there’s little hype about him outside the organization but the results continue to be very impressive.
- Scott Bittle retired 2 batter allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 runs. He struck out 1.
- Drew Benes allowed a pair of hits in a scoreless inning.
- Michael Swinson had the only hit for QC.
- Greg Garcia walked and scored the only run.