With the start of short season ball clubs, the Cardinals aren’t necessarily in a hurry to make midseason promotions. The club hasn’t been shy about moving top performers though including Carlos Martinez’s promotion to Palm Beach that was announced yesterday. Here’s a list of candidates who also look like they’re ready to make the leap to the next level.
.357/.397/.685, 17 HRs
Adams is a controversial character at Future Redbirds not because he’s performing poorly but rather because he’s performing quite well in an unusual fashion. He’s consistently demolished balls in Springfield all season and only a back injury gave opposing teams a brief respite. If he’s healthy, he’s ready for Memphis. The Cardinals could make room by clearing out Nick Stavinoha’s .732 OPS from AAA.
.317/.367/.552, 15 HRs
Castellanos has played Robin to Adams’ Batman all season. The concern with Castellanos is that he strikes out a good deal of the time (26%). That hasn’t slowed his offense this year as he has the 10th highest wOBA in the Texas League right now.
20Ks in 14 innings
The Cardinals already promoted Butler from Quad Cities to Palm Beach where he was striking out a batter an inning. He responded by striking out batters at a higher rate in Palm Beach. He’s also shown above average control and has yet to allow a homerun at either stop.
75Ks in 63 IP
Rosenthal is the first line of statistics in the table. Player B is Carlos Martinez. You’ll see that Martinez and Rosenthal’s performance, on a rate basis, were not that far apart though Martinez was a tick better overall. Still, Rosenthal has shown that he’s able to dominate players at A-ball in Quad Cities. There may be developmental reasons (secondary pitches, pitching inside, holding runners, etc) that Rosenthal is still toiling in QC but it certainly doesn’t look like he needs much more time there. (Player C is Seth Blair and shows why you should be concerned about our supplemental pick from last year.)