Trade Deadline Tuesday

The big league club was off while 5 of the 6 minor league teams won. 

The trade deadline is today but it looks like the Cardinals will stand pat.  No real surprise there.

Kary Booher has info on Colby Rasmus’ recent struggles.  Seems that he has been up at the plate guessing of late.

Two 2007 Cardinal draft choices won player of the week awards.  From Milb.com:

Midwest League
Steve Hill, Quad Cities

.467 (14-30), 6 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB, .867 SLG
Steve Hill has been on a tear ever since his promotion to Quad Cities from the New York-Penn League. This week, the versatile fielder put the accent on offense with five straight multi-hit efforts and four consecutive multi-RBI games. For the week, Hill stood atop the league in batting average (.467), RBIs (16) and hits (14).

New York-Penn League
Jesse Todd, Batavia

2-0, 1.13 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 15 SO
Batavia has just 13 wins this season, and the 21-year-old Todd is largely responsible for four of them. On Wednesday, the right-hander came out of the ‘pen, giving up three hits and striking out seven in three innings to earn the win against Brooklyn. On Sunday, Todd earned the victory in the more traditional way, surrendering just one run on three hits and striking out eight in the five-inning start against Jamestown. Todd’s 51 strikeouts are second best in the league, and his impressive 2.21 ERA is good for seventh.

Jess Todd was the Cardinals second round pick out of the University of Arkansas.  Hill was a 13th round pick out of Stephen F. Austin. 

Memphis 7 Fresno (Giants) 1

Rick Ankiel hit a 3 run bomb to move his home run total up to 31, one off the Minor League lead.  Even so, his OBP is an abysmal .316.  Tagg Bozied had 4 hits, including 2 HRs and 3 RBIs.  Mike Smith gave up 1 run in 7 innings of work.

Springfield and the rest of the Texas League had the night off.  Cody Haerther will be back with the team tonight.

Palm Beach 6 Daytona (Cubs) 5

Luke Gorsett hit a walkoff HR to leadoff the ninth for the win.  A.J. Van Slyke had 3 doubles and 2 RBIs.  Allen Craig was back in the lineup and had a double and 2 RBIs.  Craig had not played since the eighth of July.  Jim Rapoport and Brandon Yarbrough each had 2 hits.  Trey Hearne gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. 

Quad Cities 6 South Bend 2

Steve Hill celebrated his player of the week award with 2 hits.  Nick Derba had 3 hits and an RBI.  Clayton Mortenson was solid, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 7 in 5 innings.  Kyle Mura notched his second save.

Batavia 3 Williamsport (Phillies) 4

Will Groff and Ross Oeder had 2 hits a piece. 

Johnson City 6 Bluefield (Orioles) 3

Nick Vera continues his hot streak as he collected 4 more hits.  The 32nd round pick out of Trinity has 13 hits in his last 4 games.  Casey Mulligan had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.  Adron Chambers had 2 hits and 2 runs scored. 

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2

Cardinals’ first round pick Peter Kozma collected his first professional hit and scored 2 runs.  The Cards’ offense was helped by 4 Nationals’ errors.  Deryk Hooker was impressive again, pitching 3 scoreless innings and striking out 4.  He now has 27 Ks in 19 innings.

Blake Dewitt hit a solo HR to extend his hit streak to 12 games.     

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