St. Louis Cardinals Minor-League Roundup: Jeremy Hazelbaker Goes 6-for-8

Apr 27, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

While Wednesday was a mixed bag in terms of game results across the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor-league system, it was a very productive day as far as prospect development. Offense was a major theme of the day–Jeremy Hazelbaker, Harrison Bader, and Tommy Edman were among the system’s standout hitters–and several starting pitchers also had memorable days, including Ian McKinney and Dailyn Martinez.

Triple-A Memphis lost 10-9 to Colorado Springs in Game 1 of a doubleheader

  • Randal Grichuk had his best game since arriving in Triple-A, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer. Four other Redbirds reached base multiple times, including Charlie Tilson (2-for-4 with a walk), Jose Martinez (2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk), Jeremy Hazelbaker (3-for-4 with a double and a walk), and Matt Williams (1-for-3 with a double and two walks).
  • Starter Deck McGuire was shelled over six innings, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and a walk. In the notorious Colorado Springs altitude, McGuire allowed two two-run homers.

Triple-A Memphis won 16-4 to Colorado Springs in Game 2 of a doubleheader

  • Despite the game lasting just six innings, each of the top six hitters in the Redbirds’ lineup reached base at least three times. Among the top performers were Carlos Peguero (4-for-5 with a double), Charlie Tilson (3-for-5 with a two-run homer), and David Washington (2-for-3 with a double and two walks).
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker, who went 3-for-4 with a walk in the nightcap, now has a .615/.706/.769 slash line (good for a ridiculous 1.475 OPS) since arriving in Memphis.
  • Coming in from the bullpen to make a spot start, Kurt Heyer gave up four earned runs on eight hits and a walk over four innings. Juan Gonzalez and Miguel Socolovich picked him up with three scoreless innings of relief.

Double-A Springfield lost 8-6 to Tulsa in 10 innings

  • After a series of five straight spectacular starts, righty Daniel Poncedeleon came back to earth on Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three in five innings. It was the first time since May 22 that Poncedeleon yielded multiple earned runs in a start.
  • It was a strong day for the Springfield offense, as five hitters reached base multiple times. Center fielder Harrison Bader, who has cooled down significantly after an out of his mind start to 2016, looked like his early-season self on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with two triples.
  • Right fielder Anthony Garcia also reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk.

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High-A Palm Beach won 3-1 over St. Lucie

  • Lefty Ian McKinney had a very strong start, giving up just one unearned run while allowing six hits and a walk over six and two-thirds innings.
  • Cody Schumacher and Kyle Grana followed McKinney with one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.
  • Third baseman Andrew Sohn was the only Cardinals hitter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-3. Second baseman Darren Seferina and catcher Steve Bean also reached base twice, as each went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Class A Peoria was off for its All-Star break.

Short Season Class A State College won 11-1 over Batavia

  • After going hitless on Tuesday, shortstop Tommy Edman resumed his hot-hitting start to his professional career by going 3-for-4 with a double and two walks. Edman has a .563/.632/.875 slash line through his first four games.
  • Second baseman Dylan Tice (4-for-5 with two RBI) and outfielder Vincent Jackson (3-for-5 with a walk) were also major contributors at the plate.
  • Starter Dailyn Martinez had a masterful start, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and a walk over seven innings. Lefty Brady Bowen followed him with two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.

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DSL Cardinals lost 5-2 to DSL Rockies

  • The Cardinals’ offense was very active on Wednesday, collecting 13 hits and three walks. Six of the nine hitters in the lineup reached base multiple times, led by first baseman Leandro Cedeno, who went 3-for-5.
  • Outfielder Brian Sanchez snapped an eight-game hitting streak, going 0-for-5 on Wednesday.
  • Despite giving up five runs, the Cardinals’ pitching staff was actually quite effective on Wednesday, being undone by two errors from left fielder William Jimenez and one from reliever Enrique Perez. Though he walked five, starter Winston Nicacio gave up just one hit over four innings and allowed only one unearned run. Wilman Madera followed him and gave up the Cardinals’ only earned run over two innings, though he gave up just one run and struck out three.