St. Louis Cardinals Minor-League Roundup: Allen Cordoba Shines


The Cardinals’ upper minor-league teams didn’t play on Wednesday, but it was still a strong day for some younger hitting prospects.

Wednesday was somewhat of a low-key day in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor-league system, as the top two teams in the organizational chain had the day off. A slew of lower minors hitters, including Allen Cordoba, Craig Aikin, Andrew Knizner, and Andy Young, had banner days.

Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield had the day off.

High-A Palm Beach lost 5-3 to Fort Myers

  • It wasn’t the best of days at the plate for the Cardinals, as catcher Steve Bean had the team’s only extra-base hit, a double that came in the seventh inning. Second baseman Darren Seferina and shortstop Andrew Sohn each had two singles in the loss.
  • Starter Austin Gomber had a mediocre start, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. After posting a 1.59 ERA in April, Gomber has steadily regressed over the subsequent months and has struggled to a 5.09 ERA and 1.35 WHIP during June.
  • Reliever Michael Heesch, who’s generally had a tough 2016, was arguably the Cardinals’ top performer on Wednesday, throwing two perfect innings of relief in the eighth and ninth.

Class A Peoria lost 9-4 to Beloit

  • The Chiefs’ top two offensive performers on Wednesday were center fielder Craig Aikin, who went 3-for-5 (all of his hits were singles), and Leobaldo Pina, who went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez had two walks.
  • After allowing no earned runs over his past two starts (10 1/3 innings), Peoria starter Brennan Leitao came back to earth on Wednesday. In six innings, the righty gave up nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits and three walks while striking out six.
  • Reliever Tyler Bray followed Leitao with two scoreless, hitless innings.

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Short Season Class A State College won 9-8 over Brooklyn in 11 innings

  • DH Vincent Jackson was the Spikes’ top offensive performer, going 3-for-6 with two doubles. Left fielder Dylan Tice also contributed a two-run homer in the first inning.
  • State College used six different pitchers over the extra-inning affair. Relievers Brady Bowen (two and two-thirds innings, four strikeouts) and Bob Wheatley (two innings, two strikeouts) were the Spikes’ most impactful pitchers, finishing the game up by throwing four and two-thirds consecutive scoreless innings to end things.

Advanced Rookie Johnson City won 5-3 over Danville

  • Shortstop Allen Cordoba was the star of the day offensively for the Cardinals, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Catcher Andrew Knizner, a recent seventh-round draftee, went 2-for-4 with a double to continue his domination of the Advanced Rookie circuit (.429/.538/.714 through six games).

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  • Lefty starter David Oca had a very strong outing for the Cardinals, allowing just one earned run on four hits and two walks through six innings.

GCL Cardinals beat GCL Marlins 12-11

  • 37th rounder Andy Young, an Indiana State product who served as the Cardinals’ DH on Wednesday, went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and walk. First baseman Stefan Trosclair went 2-for-5 with a double and a team-best three runs driven in.
  • The Cardinals’ most valuable pitcher among the six that they used on Wednesday was Maryville product Robbie Gordon, who went two innings, allowing one walk and one hit while striking out three.

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DSL Cardinals won 7-6 over DSL Brewers

  • Third baseman Elehuris Montero went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two RBI.
  • Winston Nicacio had a forgettable start for the Cardinals, going four and two-thirds innings while allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks.
  • Fabian Blanco finished the game off with one and two-thirds innings of scoreless, hitless relief.