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Won't somebody please think of the children?

A few Minor League lines presented without comment. Just guys I’ve noticed from reading the box scores and game reports. Unfortunately, with no notebooks anymore, there is no more “Baby ‘Birds,” though we do have a daily Minor League report on the site (look on the bottom left of the page for the link).

Quad Cities: Pete Kozma, with a 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB game on Sunday, is now at .341/.421/.500 for the year. He has 11 walks against 15 Ks.

Palm Beach: Daryl Jones is at .322/.394/.492 with a couple of triples and three steals in four tries. He’s still only 20.

Springfield: Jaime Garcia does it again, with a 6  2  2  1  4  7 line for the win on Sunday. He has a 2.17 ERA, 36 Ks, 13 walks and NO homers in 29 innings.

Springfield: Jon Jay, the official prospect of Bird Land, had ANOTHER multihit game this afternoon to bring him to 326/394/517 on the year. In his last nine games, he’s 18-for-36 with five XBH and four walks. Yowza.

Springfield: Clayton Mortensen had a rough one, allowing five runs in four innings, but still is having a fine year. In five starts, he has a 3.86 ERA in 25 2/3 innings, 21 Ks, 6 walks, 1 homer allowed and a 2.24 groundout/flyout ratio. Not bad for pitching at Double-A in his first full pro season.

Springfield: Shane Robinson, a personal favorite of mine since he was a star at Florida State, is off to a terrific and surprising start. He’s hitting .423 in 71 at-bats, but what really stands out is that he has 9 XBH for a .183 isolated slugging. Robinson was a terrific on-base guy in college, but if he doesn’t show at least a little power, he’ll never draw any walks.

Memphis: David Freese has to be the most encouraging guy in the early going, hitting .288/.321/.525 so far. The 23 Ks vs 4 BB isn’t too great, but you have to like the 10 XBH in 80 at-bats.

-M.

Alive and kicking

Your faithful correspondent has been shamed into getting back on the blogging train after a week of laziness. I’m actually off this weekend, so I prolly won’t be blogging again until Monday from Milwaukee, but I didn’t want to have a total oh-fer.

Thoughts/notes/etc from today…

* I was surprised, a bit, that Ludwick wasn’t in the lineup today over Chris Duncan. So of course Duncan homers and doubles against Matt Cain. Shows you what I know.

* TLR said some things today about how it’s not guaranteed that Brendan Ryan won’t be optioned once he’s healthy, but honestly… there’s pretty much no way he’s not on the roster once his rehab finishes.

* When Russ Springer is activated on Monday, my guess is that Thompson will be optioned, but I wouldn’t bet the house on it.

* From the Minors… Pete Kozma hit his first home run tonight, but he also started at 3B. Not sure what to make of that; I’ll try to find out what’s up. Hugo Castellanos started for Memphis tonight, evidently because Joe Rogers is on the DL.

* Highly, highly, highly recommend the new Stones live album. It’s the best live thing they’ve put out since I don’t know what — maybe Still Life, way back in 82. It sounds like the band I heard do some truly killer shows in 1998-99 and 2002, not the band I heard that sounded tired and bored in 2006. If you like the Stones, pick it up. I’m dying to see the movie.

-M.

A link

First, a big thumbs up to the person I saw in traffic today who had a "Nice marmot" and a "This aggression will not stand, man" bumpersticker. When I honked at you, I was honking in approval, not annoyance.

And for the rest of y’all, this is pretty cool. Chris Tunno, who works at Roger Dean Stadium and occasionally blogs over at Around the Minors, shot some video of Mark Mulder’s rehab start against Vero Beach today. Here’s a link to Mulder facing the also-rehabbing Rocco Baldelli.

DISCLAIMERS: 1, this is a huge, huge file. It’s 58 MB, so be warned. 2, I don’t know how much traffic the good folks at MEGAUPLOAD (sounds like a Transformer, doesn’t it?) can handle, so I apologize if the mass exodus from OYNAG shuts the thing down. 3, I don’t know how many hoops you’ll want to jump through to make it happen.

But even so, it is video of Mulder pitching. So big thanks to Chris, who is truly a friend of StLCardinals.com and OYNAG.

-M.

Cairo's back

The Cardinals have signed old friend Miguel Cairo to a Triple-A contract, and he’ll report to Memphis on Wednesday. Kelly Stinnett is also back in the fold; he played at Memphis yesterday. He’s likely to be called up when rosters expand.

As of this moment, the weather looks OK. The tarp is still out on the field but there doesn’t seem to be much, if anything, falling from the sky. The forecast is still pretty grim; too bad we can’t just start this thing right now. FWIW, the Cards and Cubs both have an off day on Sept. 10, though for both teams it’s in the middle of a multicity road trip.

-M.

Donnie, I'm Out of My Element

I am a sick, sick person when it comes to baseball. Ask anyone who works with me. I’m the sort of baseball writer who goes to baseball games on my day off. In fact, I did just that twice last week.

And if I had the time to go watch Minor League games, I’d do that too. At the risk of getting all sappy, "this is what the game is all about," yadda yadda yadda, Minor League Spring Training is just a great way to watch baseball. At times, there are four games going on at once, and you can stand in a spot where you can actually keep an eye on all of them.

Today, there were only three games on the Cards back fields, because Palm Beach and Quad Cities had road games. But I trekked out there for the first half-hour or so of Memphis vs. Las Vegas, Springfield vs. Jacksonville and the extended-spring-training guys against a traveling team of some flavor.

And it was fun. I stood right at the fence to watch Michael Parisi, then I’d duck over across the way to watch Memphis hitters who I wanted to see hit (Cody Haerther and Travis Hanson in particular). Parisi looked good as far as I could tell — he pitched at 91-92 with nice sink. He left one ball up that I saw (not coincidentally, it was at 93) and it was hit hard, but from what you can tell from two innings of Minor League Spring Training, I liked what I saw.

Other thoughts/observations/etc. from the Minors…

  • Colby Rasmus, listed at 6’2 and 185 pounds, doesn’t look that big to my eye at all. He does look like a ballplayer, though. In a game a few days ago I saw him hit a laser-beam double to straightaway center, and he moves well in the outfield.
  • Farm director Bruce Manno said that the Cardinals are going to be patient with Mark McCormick, just because the potential payoff is so high. McCormick is far from a guarantee, but his arm is extremely exciting, so there’s no reason to take any chances and rush him. Let him work, let him get innings, let him learn to repeat his delivery, and see what you’ve got. Some pitchers move extremely quickly; I don’t expect McCormick will be one of them.
  • Daryl Jones just looks like a ballplayer. (I know, we’re not selling jeans here.) He has a really impressive body for a guy who’s still only 18. Kevin Goldstein, formerly of Baseball America and now of Baseball Prospectus, likes Jones a lot, and he knows way more about this stuff than I do.

Currently playing on the iPod: more Modest Mouse, this time Good News for People Who Love Bad News.

Yep, two posts in one day, six in four days. I’m out of control. Till next time…

-M.

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