Cards’ Minor Leaguers Recognized

 First, I finished the info on the Cardinal Draft Picks.  You can scroll down or click the links to the right.

2 Cardinal Prospects were named Players of the Week. 

Texas League

Joe Mather, Springfield

435 (10-23), 8 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, 1.000 SLG
Texas League home run and RBI leader Joe Mather also became Mr. Clutch last week as he propelled the Springfield Cardinals into first place in the North Division. It all began on Tuesday, when Mather drove in all five of the Cardinals runs against the Tulsa Drillers. Springfield would need every one of Mather’s career-high five RBIs as the Cardinals escaped narrowly, 5-4, after a Mather seventh-inning, three-run homer. On Saturday, Mather laced a tie-breaking double in Springfield’s last at-bat in game two of a doubleheader, giving the Cardinals a win over Arkansas. Then, on Sunday, Mather showcased his strong arm, as the right fielder threw out Cody Fuller at the plate for the game’s final out, preserving a 4-3 victory and first place in the division.

Florida State League
Mark Hamilton, Palm Beach
.360 (9-25), 8 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB, 1.040 SLG
It’s only June, and Mark Hamilton has already set career highs in RBIs and home runs. The Tulane alumnus blistered his way through his personal records this week by hammering five home runs and collecting nine RBIs. Hamilton set his career marks in fashion on Monday when he hit three homers and drove in six runs as Palm Beach pounded Clearwater, 11-5. On the season, Hamilton is tied for the Florida State League lead in RBIs (47) and ranks second in home runs (12).

From the BA Prospect Hot Sheet

13. Rick Ankiel, of, Triple A Memphis
Yes, that Rick Ankiel. Still just 27, he’s been the Redbirds’ center fielder and No. 1 power source all season . . . though that may not necessarily be a good thing considering Memphis is one of the PCL’s losing-est and lowest-scoring clubs. Regardless, the erstwhile big league lefty hit .476 last week with three bombs and eight RBIs, and his 15 home runs on the season trail only Mitch Jones and Val Pascucci for the league lead.

19.  Joe Mather, OF, Double A Springfield

The Springfield surprise is trying to become this year’s Terry Evans–a once-failed prospect who forces everyone to take notice with a big year. Mather’s three home runs last week bumped him to a Texas League-leading 17, and he also gunned out the tying run at home to end Sunday’s Springfield win.

Cardinals Ninth Round Draft Pick Mike Stutes was very impressive in Oregon State’s Super Regional game.  Stutes helped the Beavers advance as he gave up 2 runs on 3 hits (2 solo HRs), one walk and struck out 9.  His fastball sat at 88, touching 90, with a tailing action.  He showed good command and the ability to spot his pitches.  He really had his curveball working and it looks to have the possibility of being a very good out pitch.  Also, click this link to read an interview with Stutes from the OSU website.

According to Derrick Goold, the Cardinals have signed several of its draft picks and is close on several others.  Mini-camp for these players starts this week in Jupiter.

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3 responses to “Cards’ Minor Leaguers Recognized

  1. duckymedwick7

    what do we do these guys? sure they’re only in AA and high-A but they have nowehere to go. i’m not sure if either could play the corner outfield. it is great to see theses guys destroying their leagues, but the only future i can see w/in the organization is as trade bait.

  2. I saw Mather in person this weekend and he can definitely play the corner outfield. He is a former 3rd baseman and has a very strong arm and is very athletic. Hamilton, I am not so sure about. Both are old for their leagues, so I believe we will really know what we have when they move up a league. Hamilton could move up now, as Mike Ferris is playing first at Springfield and has really struggled at the plate.

    I know that Mather started the year out playing first and has moved to the outfield as he has continued to hit. Maybe this is because Lunhow and the boys believe he could contribute and know that he is blocked at first.

  3. duckymedwick7

    wow, excellent news on mather and the outfield. as you said both are old for the league, do you see either getting a promotion any time soon? ferris should not block anyone, but the memphis outfield seems a bit crowded.

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