Reyes is strong. Rick Ankiel goes boom again. Palm Beach went to extra innings. Tyler Henley continues to rake at Batavia, Degerman continues to struggle, and do the Cardinals have a teenage star in the makings?
Kevin Goldstein had a First Round Update from this year’s draft over at Baseball Prospectus. It is a pay item so I will post only about the Cardinals:
18. Cardinals: Peter Kozma, SS, Owasso HS (Oklahoma)
Advisor: Hendricks Sports
Status: Signed July 23rd; $1.395 million bonus
Where It’s At: If anything, it’s surprising that it took a month for Kozma to sign, as he was seen as a bit of an overdraft, and even slot money likely exceeded initial expectations. The signing also gives the Cardinals a little more wiggle room to sign fourth-round pick Kyle Russell, who will likely get $1 million. After a four-game Gulf Coast League warmup in which he went 2-for-13, Kozma is now in the Appy League with Johnson City, where he’s 3-for-12 with three walks and just one strikeout.
Here is an update on Russell from Stltoday: The Cardinals’ fourth-round selection in the most recent draft said he met with two members of the Cardinals’ scouting staff this past week and expects an offer from the team in the next few days. The Cardinals need to get this one done and then get Stutes and Zawacki in here.
The Birdhouse is reporting that 49th round selection Ronald Russell has signed. I still can’t find anything on this guy.
Here is more on former SIU Saluki and current Springfield Cardinal, Eric Haberer.
Anthony Reyes was super on Tuesday night, giving up 1 run in 7 innings. Unfortunately, Jake Peavy was better. As been the usual in Reyes starts, the Cards give him no run support. Jim Edmonds has been hot the last few games. On the night, Jimmy Ballgame was 3-4.
Memphis 4 Portland (Padres) 3
Rick Ankiel had a 3 run blast, his 32nd. Nick Stavinoha and Jarrett Hoffpauir each collected 2 hits. Matt Ginter got the start and pitched 3 scoreless innings. Chris Perez pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second Triple A save.
Springfield had the day off.
Palm Beach 13 Dunedin (Blue Jays) 10 in 12 innings
Allen Craig had a 2 run double and Brandon Buckman added an RBI single to give the Swing 3 runs in the 12th. Craig finished the game 3-5. Buckman was 3-6 with 4 RBIs including a solo HR. Brandon Yarbrough had 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Jon Jay was 3-4 with 2 runs scored. Eddie Degerman struggled again. He finished with a line of 6 runs, 5 earned, on 5 hits and 6 walks in 4 innings. His ERA is now 7.42. OUCH! Luke Gregerson pitched 3 scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Quad Cities 5 Dayton (Reds) 3 in 8 innings due to rain
Finally, Elvis Hernandez has a decent outing. Elvis gave up 2 runs in 5 innings while striking out 7. Kyle Mura picked up his third save. Christian Reyes was 3-3 with 2 RBIs. Tony Cruz had 2 hits and an RBI.
Batavia 6 Hudson Valley (Devil Rays) 4
Brandon Garner gave up 2 runs in 4 innings. Tyler Henley has really found the NY-Penn Leaugue to his liking. 3 more hits tonight to raise his average to .367. Ross Oeder had 2 hits and an RBI.
Johnson City 7 Kingsport (Mets) 9
Teenage starter Andres Rosales pitched 5 shutout innings. The 19 year old’s ERA is now 1.38 in 13 innings at Johnson City. He started the year in the GCL where he had an ERA of 0.43 in 21 innings. Cardinal fans need to keep an eye on Rosales. Pete Kozma collected 2 hits. Nick Vera had 2 hits including a 2-run HR. Matt Arburr added a 2-run HR.
GCL Cardinals 2 GCL Dodgers 1 Game 1
Mike Blazek was superb, pitching 6 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 5. The 35th round pick out of Arbor View HS in Las Vegas is now 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA. Ivan Castro was 2-2.
GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Dodgers 2 Game 2
Julio Sanchez picked up his fourth save and has not been scored upon. Luis De La Cruz had 2 hits and an RBI. A rehabbing Rico Washington homered.
Something interesting I found in the Las Vegas Review Journal: Pete Rose has ruffled some feathers again, this time over his barnyard language at a U.S. Army-sponsored baseball camp for kids. Baseball’s disgraced hit king, who signs autographs at Caesars Palace four days a week, probably “was a complete embarrassment,” Staff Sgt. Steven Tischer told the Cincinnati Enquirer. Tischer is commander of a suburban Cincinnati U.S. Army Recruiting Station that sponsored the baseball camp last month for 7- to 14-year-olds. Rose was among a group of former Reds players who participated. “You don’t swear in front of kids, that’s just common sense,” said Tischer. “He dropped the F-bomb and the S-bomb. He told them winning is everything and if you get second place you’re just losers.” Rose mentioned gambling, told a raunchy anecdote about seeing Joe Dimaggio in a shower and said he was upset — he used an earthier word than that — because former Reds owner Marge Schott left him out of her will. Really Sad.
Think salaries are getting out of hand? Then I bet 3 years/$30 million for Eric Byrnes makes you scream. This does present the possibility of Carlos Quentin being available. He would look awfully good in Cardinal Red.
As I watch this, Barry Bonds just broke the HR Record. It was very interesting to note that no one on the Nationals congratulated him on his way around the bases. Also, I hope no one was hurt during that mad scramble for the ball. Bonds may now hold the record but I believe most in America still see Hank Aaron as the HR King. The police escorted the man who got the ball out. It is a sad reflection on our society that this has to be the case. It was incredibly surprising to see the video of Hank. But I believe it speaks volumes that he offered his congrats on video and not in person. I have to say I am really glad this is over.
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