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Some general information about the minor league full season teams that I thought I would share with you.
Memphis Redbirds will open at home on April 11 after being on the road since April 6th. The manager is Stubby Clapp, the pitching coach is Bryan Eversgard and the hitting instructor is Mark Budaska.
Springfield is on the road for their opener on April 6th then come home for the opener at Hammonds Field on April 13th. Johhny Rodriguez is the manager with Jason Simontacchi as the pitching coach and Jobel Jimenez handling the hitting coach duties.
Palm Beach plays on the road April 6th but returns home for their opener on April 8th. Dann Bilardello is the manager. Randy Nieman handles the pitching duties while Erick Altomonte is brought up to handle all hitting chores.
Peoria is on the road April 6th then have their home opener on April 8th. The new manager is Chris Swauger. Dernier Orozco is the pitching coach and Donnie Ecker becomes the hitting instructor.
Prospect #30 in the Cardinals Organization
Jeremy Martinez (projected to start in Peoria)
Team: State College Spikes (A Short) ETA: 2019
Position: C Age: 22 DOB: 12/29/1994
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 5′ 11″ Weight: 195 lb.
Drafted: 2016, 4th (136) – STL
Martinez had a very good high school career at Mater Dei in California but then floundered at USC for his first two years. During his Junior year, he got hot and a regular position on the field rather than a college DH. He ended with a 4th round selection by the Cardinals.
As he moves up the ladder in the minor leagues, he finished well in the NY Penn League with a second in batting average. Last year at State College he hit .325 with 32 RBI’s in 57 games.
As a catcher, the Cardinals like his leadership skills and his pitch calling. He has an accurate arm as he threw out 46% of the base stealers. With the bat, he doesn’t show much power but has the ability to hit the ball in the gaps. He walked twice as much as he struck out last season. He is projected to reach the major leagues in 2019.
Randy Flores is the Cardinals Director of Scouting and also a graduate of USC. This was a decent find for the Cardinals.
Outfielder Todd Cunningham and catcher Gabriel Lino were re-assigned to minor league camp while infielder Breyvic Valera was optioned to Memphis (AAA).
The Cardinals sign a pitcher from the World Baseball Classic that participated for Israel.
Josh Zeid, a 29-year-old righthander, whose fastball touches 97 MPH, had four scoreless appearances (including one start) for Team Israel in the WBC earlier this month. Over 10 innings, Zeid allowed five hits and six walks while striking out 10 and collecting two saves, including one in Israel’s impressive extra-innings upset of Team Korea in the Classic’s opening contest.