Mark Hamilton from the Springfield News Leader
The Rick Ankiel/HGH story isn’t even 24 hours old yet but I am already tired of it.
Checkout the complete Cardinal game highlights over at That’s a Winner.
Over at Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein writes about the players in each NL system that made the greatest strides this year. For the Cardinals it’s Slicky Ricky. Of note is the Honorable Mentions, from BP: Six years after getting drafted, outfielder Joe Mather finally began translating his tools into performance, hitting .271/.357/.522 with 31 home runs while reaching Triple-A. An 11th-round pick last summer, righty P.J. Walters pitched for three teams, reached Double-A and finished with a 2.55 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings. However, scouts remain unconvinced that his excellent command and impressive changeup will make up for a mid-80s fastball in the end.
Game 3 Texas League Northern Division Playoff
Springfield 16 Tulsa (Rockies) 8
Mark Hamilton was Reggie Jackson-like on Friday night with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs. The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings thanks to HRs by Hamilton and Cody Haerther. Eric Haberer was chased in the fourth after giving 3 back. The Cardinals got 6 in the sixth and 5 in the seventh to put the game well out of reach all thanks to Hamilton. Colby Rasmus had 2 hits. Jose Martinez and Haerther each had 4 hits and a HR. Bryan Anderson had 4 hits and 3 RBIs.
The Cardinals now play San Antonio for the Texas League title starting Tuesday.
Batavia 5 Williamsport (Phillies) 2
In the season finale, Jon Stambaugh gave up 1 run in 4 innings while striking out 4. He finishes with an ERa of 3.15. Collin Fanning had 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Pete Kozma had a walk and a run scored to go along with 2 more errors. The 2007 first round pick finished his callup to Batavia hitting only .148 with 9 errors in 8 games. For someone most thought had a solid glove, 9 errors in 8 games is concerning. Andrew Brown had 2 hits and an RBI. Brandon Garner got the win and Justin Fiske picked up his second save.
The Muckdogs finished their first season as a Cardinal affiliate with a 31-43 record.
Now for the announcement I hinted at earlier in the week. I am going to now be writing for the Most Valuable Network. I will be doing some Major League work but mostly Minor League columns. It is a cool opportunity to write for a large network with such athletes as Doug Christie. I will still putting in time here at whiteyball and giving you a nice tidy collection of the latest news or at least, pointing you in the right direction. I will still be putting up the ballpark pics and the pics of the Cardinal prospects. I can say that I can’t believe the response I have gotten since I started this site back in February. It has been amazing. Thanks to everyone. One last thing, I will be putting the links here to the things I write over there. So please, keep coming here on a daily basis.