Cardsblog writer Daniel Mael recently posted about Kyle Helisek’s dominance in single-A Batavia, but what about the rest of the Cardinals’ minor league affiliates? Here’s what you need to know:
AAA Memphis: The 37-61 Redbirds split a double-header yesterday against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers’ affiliate). First baseman Matt Adams is the star of the triple-A Redbirds, hitting .361 with 15 homers, 41 RBIs, 66 hits, and a .391 OBP in only 49 games. The 23-year-old prospect was selected in the 23rd round of the 2009 MLB draft and has played in 27 games this season with the Cardinals, posting a .244 average and collecting 21 hits. Another recognized name on the Redbirds roster is starter Shelby Miller, whom the Cardinals drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 draft. Miller was named the Cardinals’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010 and 2011, but has struggled at triple-A this season, going 4-8 with a .571 ERA and surrendering 91 hits in 82 innings. Miller has been ranked as the Cardinals’ #1 prospect for the last two seasons, and is projected as a front-of-the-rotation starter in the majors.
AA Springfield: The 52-43 Springfield Cardinals defeated the Tulsa Drillers (Rockies’ affiliate) 3-2 yesterday thanks to an impressive six innings from starter Carlos Martinez. Martinez, who Baseball America named as St. Louis’ #2 prospect in 2012, has a 4-4 record with a 2.71 ERA while splitting 14 starts between single-A and double-A this season. Springfield also has St. Louis’ #3 prospect, outfielder Oscar Taveras, who is hitting .328 with 18 homers, 68 RBIs, and 113 hits in only 88 games.