The St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league system is known to have some of the best pitching depth in all of the minor leagues. This was evident with the top single game pitching performances from the 2013 season. A couple of weeks ago we announced our top 3 hitting performances of the 2013 season, and you can find that post HERE.
Lets look at what pitchers had the best performances from this past season.
#3 – Carlos Martinez – June 23rd – 7 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
On June 23rd, Carlos Martinez was making just his 6th start since his return to Memphis after his first short stint with the major league club. The Memphis Redbirds were hosting the Iowa Cubs, the Chicago Cubs Triple-A Affiliate. Martinez dominated the I-Cubs in his longest outing of the season. Only two hitters made it to second base off of Martinez and after a 2-out double in the second, Martinez retired the next 13 batters in a row before a leadoff single in the 7th. He was pulled with two outs in the 7th after allowing a single to Donnie Murphy. Sam Freeman came in and allowed a single but retired the next batter. This game would be Martinez’s third win of the season and would help propel him to a significant role in the Cardinals’ bullpen late in the season and into the playoffs.
#2 – Tyrell Jenkins – May 5th - 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Tyrell Jenkins made just 13 starts in 2013 for the Peoria Chiefs and Palm Beach Cardinals, but still is able to produce the second best start of the 2013 season in the Cards’ system. On May 5th, the Peoria Chiefs were at home taking on the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Jenkins was making his 5th start of the season and had yet to record an out past the 5th inning. In his previous start, he only lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed 5 runs.
May 5th showed the real Tyrell Jenkins.
Jenkins got into trouble quickly in the first inning as he allowed two singles with one out but was able to get out of the jam. After those two singles in the first, Jenkins would only allow two base runners ( a walk and an err0r) until allowing his final hit with two out in the 9th. This would not be his only complete game. On May 29th, Jenkins threw a 7-inning complete game to cap off a 4-1 month of May with a 2.01 ERA.
#1 – Ryan Sherriff – August 3rd - 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Ryan Sherriff made 18 starts between the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals and the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. On August 3rd, Sherriff was making his 7th start since returning to Palm Beach from Springfield. His team traveled to Dunedin to take on the Blue Jays. In this game, Sherriff would get the closest to a no-hitter in the whole Cardinals organization before Michael Wacha‘s late season attempt. Sherriff’s lone walk came to lead off the 4th and his lone hit allowed came to lead off the 9th. He then recorded a double play and ground out to complete the one hitter. Sherriff only faced one batter over the minimum in this amazing start.
Look for big things from Ryan Sherriff in 2014. I would expect him to start the season with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals and you may see his name appear on a couple of lists CardinalsFarm will be doing, the top 5 left-handed starters in the Cards system and the top 50 prospects in the system.
What will 2014 bring? Will there be any starts that tops any of these? We will see