Mason Katz homers, Mike Mayers strikes out five in Wednesday action

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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

Vance Albitz (2B) 2-4, RBI
Matt Williams (SS) 2-4, 2B, K
James Ramsey (DH) 1-4, R

Angel Castro 2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, K
Zach Petrick 3 IP, 5 H, BB, 3 K
Nick Greenwood 1 IP, 2 K
Justin Wright 1 IP, BB
Jose Almarante 2 IP, H, 2 K

Springfield lost to Jacksonville 7-3

Anthony Garcia (LF) 1-4, RBI, R
Alex Mejia (SS) 1-3, 2B, R
Bruce Caldwell (3B) 1-3, RBI

Joe Cuda 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, K
Ryan Sherriff 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB
Aidan Lucas 1 IP
Danny Miranda 1 IP, 2 H
Thomas Lee 2 IP, H, 3 K

Palm Beach beat Jupiter 4-2

Jordan Walton (LF) 1-3, 3B, 2 R
Jeremy Schaffer (DH) 2-4, RBI
Mason Katz (2B) 3-4, 3B, HR, RBI

Mike Mayers 4 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Ronnie Shaban 1 IP, K
Victor De Leon 1 IP, H
Kyle Barraclough 1 IP, K
Sam Tuivailala 1 IP, BB, 3 K
Robert Stock 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER

Peoria lost to Greensboro 5-2

Rafael Medina (3B) 1-3, R, BB
Malik Collymore (2B) 2-3, R, BB, K

Silfredo Garcia 3 IP, BB, 4 K
Will Anderson 2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 K
Mike Aldrete 1 IP
Norge Paredes 1 IP, K
Steven Sabatino 1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K
Zach Loraine 1 IP, H

 

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