Minor League Free Agents from the St. Louis Cardinals
According to Baseball America, this list is all about minor League Free Agents. First round picks from the 2007 draft that are not on the 40-man roster qualify for minor league free agency.
Each of these players are no longer bound to their organization by contract renewals—the Uniform Player Contract grants six renewal years—and have no successor contract in place for 2014.
RHP: Richard Castillo (AAA), Ramon Delgado (AAA), Deryk Hooker (AAA), Zach Russell (AA)
LHP: Nick Additon (AAA), Jay Voss (Lo A)
C: Rob Johnson (AAA)
1B: Brock Peterson (AAA)
3B: Ruben Gotay (AA)
OF: Adron Chambers (AAA), Justin Christian (AAA), Chad Huffman (AAA), Jamie Romak (AAA)
We have heard about Peterson, Johnson and Chambers being given their release.
St. Louis Cardinals 2013 Draft Disappointments in Year One
Here is a look at some of the Cardinals 2013 Draft picks and how they produced. Today we focus on some of them from the Gulf Coast League that were disappointing.
Oscar Mercado was the 3rd pick by the Cardinals. Yes, he is 19 years of age but he is playing in an age appropriate league that saw him bat .209 in 42 games. He is said to have some speed as he stole 14 bases but he had 26 attempts. His fielding was not very good as he made 15 errors in those 42 games. He will continue to get moved up but he will have to begin producing next season.
DeAndre Asbury was picked in the 16th round and batted only .179 in 39 games. He fanned 36 times in 117 at bats for the season. The center fielder will have the off-season or winter ball to get it figured out.
Outfielder Anthony Ray was selected in the 36th round and batted .195 for the season with no home runs and only 5 extra base hits in 129 at bats. He fanned 36 times and walked in nine at bats. He shows no power from his position.
Right-handed pitcher Steven Farinaro was selected in the 11th round of the 2013 season. He won one game and lost three but the numbers go sour when looking at 24 innings pitched and 36 hits allowed. He fanned less than one per inning and ended the season with a high ERA of 6.29 in the Gulf Coast League.
Now let’s not write off any of these players as they are more than likely going to develop into the type of player the Cardinal organization envisioned. This is just a look at some players that struggled in their first endeavor in professional baseball.
Next week: Those that had good season in their first year.
The Cardinals NEW Top 20 Prospect list has been named. They are as follows:
- Oscar Taveras
- Michael Wacha
- Carlos Martinez
- Kolten Wong
- John Gast
- Michael Blazek
- Tyrell Jenkins
- Marco Gonzales
- Carson Kelly
- Stephen Piscotty
- Rob Kaminsky
- Charlie Tilson
- James Ramsey
- Seth Blair
- Eric Fornataro
- Jordan Swagerty
- Tim Cooney
- Breyvic Valera
- Patrick Wisdom
- Thomas Pham
Next week I will let you know how each is doing in 2013.
Let’s look at some of the players the Cardinals drafted this past year and how they are faring in their minor league experience.
Marco Gonzales – He is currently playing in the Gulf Coast League. Marco had pitched 3 innings and has allowed five hits and three earned runs while walking one and fanning four.
Rob Kaminsky- Kaminsky has tossed four innings for the season with three hits allowed and no earned runs. He has walked two and fanned nine so far in 2013.
Oscar Mercado- Mercado has struggled in the Gulf Coast League at the plate. He has 54 at bats with only eight hits along with one double and three triples. He has walked seven times and fanned on 14 at bats for a .167 batting average.
Mike Mayers- The big right-hander out of Mississippi has a few more innings than the other with nine pitched this season. In those innings, he has allowed five hits and one earned runs while walking five and striking out nine for the season.
Elier Rodriguez- The young catcher has started well in the GCL as he is batting .390 with 16 hits in 41 at bats. He has walked five times and whiffed nine times.
Malik Collymore- He is batting .083 in 24 at bats in the GCL with two hits in 24 at bats along with fanning 14 times.
Jimmy Bosco- Bosco is getting his playing time at State College. He has 36 hits in 114 at bats for a .316 average. He has five triples and two homers with his 16 RBI’s.
Mason Katz- The LSU product is hitting .270 with 9 RBI’s in his 74 at bats. He has fanned 13 times and walked on seven at bats.
Nick Petree- He is 1-1 on the season with a 1.29 ERA in 21 innings on the mound. He has allowed 16 hits while walking seven and fanning 20 battes.
Jimmy Reed- Reed has a 1.59 ERA and is 1-1 on the season. In 17 innings he has given up 18 hits and fanned 18 batters.
That is all for now. I will add some more in a few days.
Tyler Lyons gave up only six hits and struck out six in his start for the Memphis Redbirds. Since returning from the Cardinals he is 3-0 and has fanned 33 batters with a 1.60 ERA. The offense was provided by Jamie Romak with two doubles while Jermaine Curtis had two hits and Greg Garcia knocked in two RBI’s for the 7-2 win over Oklahoma City in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Springfield was defeated 5-3 by NW Arkansas as Jonathan Cornelius receiver the loss (2-4) by allowing seven runs and nine hits in four innings of work. Heath Wyatt and Justin Wright each pitched scoreless innings in relief. James Ramsey had three hits including his 11th home run of the season and Adam Melker also hit a home run and contributed three hits and two RBI’s in the loss.
The Peoria Chiefs defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks 7-5. Charlie Tilson had three hits and two RBI’s to raise his batting average to .299 for the season. Jeremy Schaffer had a home run and Nick Martini added two doubles in the game.
State College defeated Lowell 4-2. Carson Kelly had three hits including a double and Juan Bautista won his first professional game for the Spikes.
Johnson City lost 9-6 to Pulaski. Luis Perez and Kenneth Peoples-Walls each had homers in the loss. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli added three singles to the losing cause. Brandon Lee suffered a blown save and a loss with one inning of work which saw him allow three earned runs and six hits.
Palm Beach had their game canceled due to rain.
The St. Louis Cardinal affiliates either lost their game because they were outscored by their opponents or lost their game to Mother Nature due to the rain.
Johnson City lost 10-3
Rowan Wick hit his 2nd home run of the season and added two RBI’s
Kenneth Peoples-Walls contributed a triple in the loss
IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Luis Perdomo 2.1 7 7 1 0 0 1 3.54
Steven Sabatino 2.0 4 1 1 3 3 0 3.07
Anderson Gerdel 2.0 3 2 2 0 2 0 5.93
Fernando Baez 1.2 3 0 0 1 3 0 2.31
State College was defeated 4-3
The team banged out 14 singles and no extra base hits in the loss.
RBI: Jimmy Bosco, Steven Ramos
Ramos had 4 hits in the game.
Jhonny Polanco suffered the loss.
IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Andrew Pierce 5.0 4 1 1 2 3 0 3.86
Jhonny Polanco 0.0 2 3 3 3 0 1 3.52
Jacob Booden 2.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 1.93
Victor De Leon 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 4.24
Peoria Chiefs suffered a 3-2 loss
2B: Breyvic Valera 13th
RBI: Ncik Martini 23rd, Valera 33rd
SB: Jordan Walton 5th –Charlie Tilson 9th, – Jacob Wilson 5th
Sam Tuivailala took the loss and is now 0-3 for the season
IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ben O’Shea 4.0 6 2 2 0 2 0 4.50
Dixon Llorens 2.0 2 0 0 0 5 0 4.56
Samuel Tuivailala 1.2 3 1 1 0 5 0 6.38
Michael Aldrete 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.31
Palm Beach was postponed due to rain.
Springfield Cardinals lost 6-5 to NW Arkansas
2B: Luis Mateo 7th – Jake Lemmerman 15th
3B: Chris Swauger 2nd
Richard Castillo (6-6) took the loss as the starter for the Cardinals
IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Richard Castillo 5.0 5 4 2 5 6 0 4.32
Corey Baker 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.11
Jose Almarante 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 2.78
Memphis Redbirds were rained out.
The Springfield Cardinals were 5-2 winners over Arkansas in a night where very few games were played due to the Major League All Star game. Zach Petrick notched the win (1-1) in which he pitched six innings and allowed four hits and one run while fanning eight batters.
He was followed to the mound by Justin Wright, Kevin Thomas and Lee Stoppelman where each were credited with a hold. Deryk Hooker came on for the save. Ruben Gotay hit his 11th home run for the season and James Ramsey smacked his 10th home run. Jake Lemmerman had two doubles in the game.
The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, sent Michael Wacha and Brock Peterson to the All Star Game to represent them. Let’s take a look at some of the leaders for Memphis and some that are just not getting it done.
Chad Huffman leads the team with a .308 batting average in 65 games. Brock Peterson has been the big bopper with 22 home runs and team leading 66 RBI’s. One of the Cardinals top prospects, Kolten Wong leads with 7 triples and has a .298 batting average along with 13 stolen bases.
Adron Chambers started really slow this season but now is hitting .543 in his last 10 games and has 3 home runs and 3 stolen bases in that time. He is at .254 for the season. Jamie Romak has 19 home runs and 53 RBI’s but is only hitting .234 on the season. Chris Swauger in 23 games was struggling with a .196 batting average and got sent to Springfield.
Nick Additon leads the team with six wins and has fanned 85 batters with only 29 base-on-balls allowed but leads the team with 12 home runs allowed. Victor Marte has 11 saves and Scott McGregor has the highest ERA of any of the starters at 5.13.
Rzepczynski Blows Save for Memphis; Aldrete Blows-Up for Peoria- Cardinals Farm Results for Saturday
Memphis Redbirds –AAA
The Redbirds scored three runs in the 9th inning to win 5-4 in Nashville. Adron Chambers continues his hot hitting as he got three hits as did Chris Swauger who also drove in 3 RBI’s. Greg Garcia homered in the game. After a blown save by Marc Rzepczynski, Jorge Rondon picked up the win.
Springfield Cardinals- AA
The Cardinals scored a total of six runs in the 7th and 8th inning to win 7-4 over NW Arkansas. James Ramsey hit his 9th home run and Cody Stanley drove in three runs. Richard Castillo (6-5) picked up the win.
Palm Beach Cardinals- High A
¾ This game with Brevard County was postponed due to rain.
Peoria Chiefs – Low A
The Chiefs were shutout on 3 hits for the game. Jeremy Schaffer had two of the hits, including a double and Charlie Tilson singled for the other hit. Silfredo Garcia (2-2) took the loss and Michael Aldrete had an awful game as he pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 2 hits and four runs while walking three in the game.
State College Spikes -
State College lost 7-6 in 10 innings. Steve Ramos moved his average to .397 with 3 hits and Cesar Valera, Bruce Caldwell and Ronald Castillo each banged out two hits. Castillo also added three RBI’s for his team. Jhonny Polanco (0-1) took the loss.
Johnson City Cardinals –
Gulf Coast League –
The GCL Cardinals lost 6-2 and committed two errors in the game. Rafael Medina and DeAndre Asbury each had two for their team. Fidencio Flores allowed six runs in relief to get the loss for the Cardinals.