There will be seven St. Louis Cardinals prospects on the Arizona Fall League when action gets underway this fall. Of the seven players, there are four of them listed on the MLB.com top twenty prospects in the organization.
Representing the Cardinals in the Arizona Fall League this year are outfielder Charlie Tilson (No. 7), right-hander Sam Tuivailala (No. 13), right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (No. 14), infielder Jacob Wilson (No. 19), right-hander Mitch Harris, right-hander Chris Perry and catcher Cody Stanley.
Five of the seven are currently playing with the Springfield Cardinals (AA) while Jenkins and Perry are currently cuiting up for the Palm Beach Cardinals (A+). The time spent in Arizona should prove to be beneficial for Jenkins after not pitching for ten months following shoulder surgery.
Tilson, the club’s second round pick in 2011, was hitting a combined .287/.333/.389 at two levels in the minor leagus this year.
Wilson’s .305 batting average leads the Springfield roster. In 96 games with Springfield, Stanley is hitting .295/.350/.445 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs.
Harris will continue making up for lost time as he spent what would have been the first five years of his baseball career by serving in the United States Navy. He was released prior to the start of the 2013 season and is finishing up the second year of playing in the pros.
This season, the 28-year-old has pitched in 39 games between Palm Beach and Springfield. He has a 4.22 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and .221 opponents’ batting average.
Jason Simontacchi will be the hitting coach for the Peoria Javelinas. The Javelinas will have prospects from the Cardinals, Braves, Indians, Rays and Royals organizations.