Colby remains Superman. Several Cardinal Minor Leaguers honored. Same old Stuff for Maroth and Thompson. GCL Cardinals end the season and the Swing get closer to extended theirs.
For the second week in a row, Colby Rasmus was named Texas League Player of the Week. From Milb.com:
Colby Rasmus, Springfield
.419 (13-31), 9 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 SB, .871 SLG
It’s safe to say that Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus’ slump is over. Rasmus brought home his second consecutive Texas League weekly honor as he helped Springfield, who won the first-half title, secure a 1 1/2 game lead over Arkansas in the North Division in the second half. The native of Columbus, Ga., had three multiple-hit games this week, including a 3-for-4 performance against Arkansas Saturday that included a pair of doubles, a home run, an RBI and three runs scored. He would finish the week with four round-trippers. Rasmus is hitting .278 with 65 extra-base hits and 67 RBIs for the Cardinals this season.
Rasmus was rated number 2 on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet after being number 1 last week. (I don’t think a player has been rated number 1 on back to back weeks.)
From BA: Our No. 1 last week, Rasmus only got better over his last seven games, hitting .419 with four home runs as Springfield heads into the Texas League playoffs.
Rasmus’ teammate, Jose Martinez, has been another reason Springfield owns a 1 1/2 game lead over Arkansas in the TL’s North Division. As we get ready to close the book on August, Martinez is hitting .356 with five homers for the month.
Also, BA recognized 2 GCL Cardinal pitchers, Deryk Hooker and Mike Blazek, on the helium watch section of the Hot Sheet.
On Hooker: The Cardinals picked Hooker in the seventh round of this year’s draft, and the 18-year-old has had one of the best debuts in the GCL. Through 31 innings, Hooker has 47 strikeouts, 11 walks and a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings, including 20 strikeouts in 12 innings this month. In his most recent outing, Hooker needed just four innings to record 11 strikeouts, and surrendered just one walk. He throws his fastball in the low-90s, but his mechanics need a fair amount of work. At six-foot-four and 185 pounds, there appears to be room for projection with Hooker as well.
On Blazek: Hooker’s teammate in the Gulf Coast League, Blazek has been just a shade below Hooker in terms of the numbers. Through 34 2/3 innings, Blazek has 42 strikeouts, 13 walks and a 2.60 ERA. In his last outing, the 18-year-old struck out 10 and walked two in five innings. The Cardinals drafted Blazek in the 35th round, and he also throws in the low-90s.
Post Season All-Star Teams are being announced. 3 Springfield Cardinals were named to the Texas League team: P Chris Perez, C Bryan Anderson, and OF Colby Rasmus.
The Pacific-Coast League All-Star Team had only 1 Memphis Redbird: Rick Ankiel, ever heard of him?
On the Florida State League Post Season All-Star Team: P Adam Ottavino, P Luke Gregerson, and 3B Allen Craig (Not sure why he wasn’t named the MVP.).
No Cardinal Minor Leaguer was named to the Appalachian League All-Star Team.
The Cardinals were off and will play at Tuesday night at Houston. Speaking of Houston, the Astros fired manager Phil Garner and GM Phil Purpara on Monday.
Memphis 10 Iowa (Cubs) 8
Mike Maroth gave up a Grand Slam in the first and lasted only 1.2 innings. Brad Thompson followed, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits including 2 HRs in 3.1 innings. Joe Mather homered for the fourth time in 6 games. Danny Ardoin had 3 hits. Brian Barden put up 2 hits including a 2 run HR and scored 3 runs. Tagg Bozied contributed 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Chris Perez allowed a hit and a walk but did strike out the side to notch his seventh Triple A save.
Springfield 10 Arkansas (Angels) 3
Colby led off the game with a hit. He finished with 2 hits including his 27th HR, a 3 run bomb. Rico Washington homered in the second to start the scoring, finishing the night with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. In the fourth, Springfield put 5 on the board, thanks in part to an Cazana Marti 3-run blast and he finished with 3 hits on the night. Mark Hamilton contributed 2 hits and 2 run scored. Eric Haberer gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 4 BBs in 6 innings. Jason Motte struck out the side in his only inning.
Palm Beach 3 St. Lucie (Mets) 1
All-Star Allen Craig had a hit and an RBI. Luke Gorsett had 2 hits and an RBI. Dan Nelson had a hit and 2 runs scored. Tyler Norrick was outstanding, allowing 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 7 in 7 innings. All-Star Luke Gregerson picked up his 27th save. BTW, pitching for St. Lucie was Pedro Martinez.
Quad Cities 6 Cedar Rapids (Angels) 3
The Swing put 4 on the board in the bottom of the first to get things rolling. Brandon Dickson gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings of work. Kenny Maiques picked up his 31st save. Jose Ramirez had 2 hits and a run scored. Daryl Jones went hitless with a walk but scored 2 runs. Tony Cruz had a hit and 2 RBIs. The Swing’s magic number is 3 to wrap up a playoff spot.
Batavia 5 Auburn (Blue Jays) 4 in 10 innings
Andrew Brown had 2 hits and 2 RBIs including a walk off HR with 2 outs in the 10th. Brian Broderick gave up a run on 5 hits while striking out 5 in 4.2 innings. Jess Todd returned with a 1 run allowed on 2 walks while striking out 2. In his first inning of work, Todd retired the side on a ground out and to Ks looking. He got the first batter in the next inning but then walked the next 2 hitters. He was relieved by Josh Dew and Dew started out the inning throwing 2 wild pitches which allowed one of the BBs to score. Dew was able to strike out 4 in 1.2 innings. Justin Roberson had 4 hits and scored 3 runs.
Johnson City 1 Danville (Braves) 6
Beau Riportella had a hit and scored the only run. Pete Kozma doubled in the cleanup spot. Nick Vera had a hit and drove in the only run. Dylan Gonzalez gave up 2 runs in 3 innings to be charged with the loss.
GCL Cardinals 1 GCL Dodgers 6
Guillermo Toribio had a hit and scored the only run. Carlos Gonzalez was charged with the loss, allowing 1 run in 2 innings. Recently signed Brett Zawacki saw his second action of the year, allowing only 1 hit and striking out 1 in an inning of work.
This was the GCL Cardinals last game of the season. They finished with a record of 24-30.