It was a short commute for the Cardinals’ minor leaguers as they took on the Marlins’ minor leaguers on the Fish side of the complex today. Mason Katz, the Cardinals’ 4th round selection in 2013, hit his first home run playing for the Palm Beach squad. I still believe his likely destination is Peoria. Also for the Beach Birds Mike Mayers, the Birds’ 3rd round pick last year, becomes the first minor leaguer to toss 4 innings, striking out 5 and walking 3.
Angel Castro, who struggled in major league camp, struggled again today. He allowed 5 earned runs over 2 innings. While we might think his days are numbered, I think he makes the squad out of spring due to a starting need with the Memphis Redbirds. However, a 40-man roster spot will be needed if (really when) Pat Neshek makes the club. I still think Castro survives that round and the cut will go to Joey Butler.
Hard throwing Sam Tuivailala struck out the side in his inning of work for Palm Beach. Placement for him will be interesting. I am not so sure he is ready for the Florida State League and the Palm Beach. A month or two of working out command issues in Peoria could do him well, but he could be a quick promotion.
Here are the results from Wednesday’s action
Memphis lost to New Orleans 5-2
Springfield lost to Jacksonville 7-3
Palm Beach beat Jupiter 4-2
Peoria lost to Greensboro 5-2