A lot about nothing-7/23 edition

 The Harball Times give the Cardinals an 18% chance of making the playoffs. 

Following last week’s catchers list, Baseball Prospectus has released its First Base positional rankings.  Of surprise, Mark Hamilton is ranked ninth.  The most interesting comment from writer Kevin Goldstein in his capsule on Hamilton was the following, “Still, it’s a bit of a mystery as to why he’s being moved so aggressively through the system when there are no opportunities for a first baseman at the big league level; they have some guy named Pujols there, who I hear is pretty good.”  With the way Colby is playing, I hope the Cardinals are not pushing their prospects too quickly.

Goldstein also writes to keep an eye on Brandon Buckman, who believes “..at six-foot-six and 210 pounds, he’s an eye-catching talent with plenty of power from the left side, but an approach that needs work.”

Those that still cringe at the Mark Mulder trade, former Cardinal farmhand Daric Barton was rated number 1. 

 Tragic is the only way to describe the death of Mike Coolbaugh.  What I remember most about Coolbaugh is that great spring he had with the Cardinals in 2002.  I think the guy hit like .400 but did not break camp with the club.  He came up for a cup of coffee during the season and struggled before being sent back down.  I guess when it is your time it is your time.   Coolbaugh had a wife and two sons, with a third child expected this fall.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Coolbaugh family.

The Cardinals had one Minor League player earn a weekly honor.  Michael Schellinger actually will be sharing the award, but after all he has been through, he probably doesn’t care.  Schellinger missed the entire 2006 season due to micro fractures in his elbow.

Midwest League
Misael DeJesus, Dayton
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 0 GS, 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO
Michael Schellinger, Quad Cities
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 0 GS, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO
The Midwest League recognized a pair of two-win pitchers this week who had been without a victory for quite some time. Misael DeJesus was winless since late June before his 10 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings this week helped propel the Dragons to victories over Cedar Rapids and Kane County. DeJesus has 70 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings at the Class A level this season. Michael Schellinger’s drought was even longer, having not chalked up a win since the first week in June. A collective 11 strikeouts across 6 2/3 innings of relief against Great Lakes and Lansing changed all that as Schellinger helped the Swing to a pair of victories. Schellinger is 4-1 with a 4.14 ERA and a save since converting from a starter to a reliever earlier this season.

Memphis 3 Omaha (Royals) 1 Jarrett Hoffpauir had 2 hits and is now hitting .333 in Triple A.  If he continues this pace and the Cardinals start a youth movement, what kind of chance does Hoffpauir have of starting the next season in St. Louis?  Tagg Bozied homered and had 2 RBIs. Springfield  vs. Arkansas (Angels) was cancelled due to the death of Coolbaugh.  Those needing their Springfield fix, here is a really informative article about Chris PerezKary Booher reported over the weekend that the Cardinals number 1 pitching prospect, Jaime Garcia, has been shut down.  The plan is to have Garcia rest a sore elbow for 2 weeks to see if it responds to rest.  Tommy John anyone? 

 Palm Beach 6 Daytona (Cubs) 2

Adam Ottavino was stellar allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and struckout 7 in 6 innings.  Since Garcia has been shutdown, I believe it is time to move Ottavino up.  Dan Nelson and Isa Garcia each had 3 hits.  Garcia’s hits included a solo HR and 2 RBIs.  Each team committed 4 errors. 

Quad Cities 10 Lansing (Blue Jays) 11 in 16 innings

What is very interesting about this game is that both teams scored 3 runs in the 14th inning to keep the game going.  Jared Schweitzer had 3 hits including a HR.  Christian Lopez had a HR and scored 3 runs.  Antonio DeJesus had a hit and 4 BBs out of the leadoff spot.  Tyler Herron gave up 2 runs on 6 hits including a HR while striking out 6 in 5 innings.  Kenny Maiques was charged with a blown save.  The Swing used 8 total pitchers including first baseman Tim Dorn and second baseman Jose Garcia.

Johnson City 3 Elizabethton (Twins) 0 rain shortened

Dognnt Bolivar had 2 hits.  Brian Broderick gave up 2 hits in 5 shutout innings to get the win.  Tyler Leach pitched a perfect inning for the save.  Travis Mitchell was 0-1.  Going into tonights game, Travis Mitchell is hitting a scorching .468 in his last eight games, with 12 hits, three runs and an RBI.

Blake Dewitt was 1-4.  Jacksonville beat Huntsville 2-1 inspite of the Suns having only 3 hits on the night.  Blake has struckout only 2 times in 34 at bats.



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