Farm Report: Cards trim six from minors

2011-03-24T07:39:00Z 2011-03-25T12:41:24Z Farm Report: Cards trim six from minorsBY DERRICK GOOLD
March 24, 2011 7:39 am  • 

JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals cut six players from their minor-league camp, including a Class AA shortstop, a Class AA outfielder, and a player who had developed a following on Twitter for his energetic reports from the Cardinals' farm system.

This morning the Cardinals trimmed outfielder Antonio DeJesus, who topped out at Double-A Springfield last season; shortstop Jose Martinez, who also reached Springfield in his career; outfielder CJ Beatty, known around here as The Twitter Hitter; and RHP Nick McCully, INF Devin Goodwin and RHP Charllan Jimenez.

A tidbit on each:

DeJesus, a 2007 pick out Kentucky, hit .206/.336/.339 in 189 at-bats for Springfield. He homered twice and was 8-for-8 in steals.

Martinez, an international signing out of Venezuela, missed all of 2009 after establishing a foothold in Springfield as an everyday infielder. He missed the season dealing with a personal tragedy. Members of his family were killed in Venezuela. In 2008, he hit .253/.292/.348. But in 2010, he was limited to GCL games, appearing in only six.

Beatty, who goes on Twitter by the handle @CJBeatty44, reached High-A Palm Beach in 2010. He hit .245/.327/.429. The Cardinals took him in the 26th round of the 2009 draft, coming out of North Carolina A&T.

McCully, a 2009 draft pick out of Coastal Carolina University, threw a perfect game in the Cape Cod League as a college kid. With the Cardinals he debuted in Quad Cities then spent 2010 in short-season Batavia's rotation, where he went 4-2, 4.19 with 44 Ks and 17 walks in 68 2/3 innings.

Goodwin, a 2009 pick out of Delta State University, reached Quad Cities last season and hit .272/.370/.431 there. He had seven homers in 239 at-bats with 38 walks and 39 strikeouts at the level.

Jimenez, a free agent signee out of the Dominican, went 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 11 games (five starts) for the rookie-level Johnson City club. He had 25 strikeouts and six walks in 33 1/3 innings. Back in 2009, Jimenez buoyed his place in the system with a 6-0, 2.14 turn through the GCL. That season he led the system in ERA.

And now onto the normal Farm Report from camp day Wednesday, which features the ongoing trend of this spring: News flash, Matt Carpenter can hit.

Memphis 8, Springfield 1 (5 1/2 innings)

PITCHING: For Memphis, Brandon Dickson, the sinkerballer, went 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER and five strikeouts. ... Jason Buursma finished off the game with 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K.

For Springfield, Scott Schneider allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four. ... Dan Calhoun closed out the game with this line: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.

HITTING: For the Class AAA lineup, Matt Carpenter, making his first appearance for Memphis this spring, was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. So he continues to hit. ... "Sugar" Shane Robinson was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. ... Catcher Tony Cruz went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. ... Shortstop Pete Kozma was 1-for-3 with a coupe runs scored. ... Aaron Luna was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored. He was also hit by a pitch. ... First baseman Mark Hamilton was 1-for-3.

For Class AA lineup, outfielder Tommy Pham, who gets another cameo with the major-league team this afternoon in Port St. Lucie, was 1-for-2, run scored. ... Chris Swauger had a sac fly. ... Outfielder Alex Castellanos went 1-for-2, and catcher Luis DeLaCruz was 1-for-2.

Palm Beach 5, Quad Cities 0

PITCHING: For High-A PB Cards, Richard Castillo went three shutout innings and allowed two hits. He struck out three. ... Justin Smith finished off the game with two scoreless that included three strikeouts.

For Low-A Quad Cities, Hector Hernandez got the start and went 2 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs (all earned) on five hits and one walk. He also struck out five. ... Reliever Hector Corpas, who is coming off a strong season, went 1.1 IP, 2 H. ... Once pegged by a "third-part publication" as a quick-riser because of his darting fastball - if he could stay healthy, was always the caveat - former Ole Miss reliever Scott Bittle went 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K. He was drafted by the Yankees one year and unsigned because of shoulder concerns. The Cardinals nabbed him the next year and signed him to a modest bonus because of those same shoulder issues.

HITTING: For Palm Beach, Alan Ahmady went 1-for-2, with a double and a run scored. ... Edgar Lara, who has become a regular of the reports this spring, went 1-for-2, double. ... Outfielder Nick Longmire went 1-for-2, double, RBI. ... First baseman Curt Smith and Joey Bergman singled and scored in their only at-bats. ... Robert Stock singled and walked. ... Phillip Cerreto singled in only plate appearance.

For QC River Bandits, Packy Elkins doubled, and Juan Castillo singled in his only at-bat.


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