Arizona Fall League: Checking in on the St. Louis Cardinals Prospects
With the Arizona Fall Stars game on Saturday night, Redbird Rants checks in on the St. Louis Cardinals prospects playing for the Peoria Javelinas.
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There are four pitchers representing the St. Louis Cardinals organization: Mitch Harris, Tyrell Jenkins, Chris Perry, and Sam Tuivailala. Offensively speaking, the position players are catcher Cody Stanley, infielders Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera, and outfielder C.J. McElroy.
Harris is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 7 appearances. In 12.2 innings, he has allowed six runs on eight hits while walking six and striking out nine batters.
Jenkins is 0-2 with a 1.65 ERA in four starts. In 17.1 innings, he has allowed 5 runs (three earned) on 14 hits while walking five and striking out thirteen batters.
Perry has posted a 6.75 ERA in 7 appearances. In 6.2 innings, he has allowed five runs on seven hits while walking nine and striking out three batters.
Tuivailala is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 8 appearances. In 10.0 innings, he has allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits while walking five and striking out ten batters.
Stanley is hitting .289/.319/.378 in 12 games. Stanley could see himself as a backup catcher for the Cardinals in the years to come. For now, he’s coming off his best season after playing in a career-high 103 games in AA.
Wilson, who was forced to end his season in June with a torn meniscus, is making up for lost time and hitting .283/.338/.400 in 16 games. Wilson could very well end up making his Cardinals debut as a September call-up. With his numbers, he is the kind of player that should be playing every day.
Valera has only played in 8 games but has a small sample size with 26 at-bats. He’s hitting .346/.438/.385 in the limited amount of playing time. The Venezuelan is expected to be more of a utility player than a regular.
Last but not least, McElroy is hitting .148/.343/.185 in 10 games. This past season, McElroy hit .267 for the Peoria Chiefs. These numbers are not the numbers that either he or the Cardinals would like to see him display in the Arizona Fall League. He wasn’t expected to even be playing this fall in Arizona as Charlie Tilson was supposed to be one of the Cardinals representatives. Tilson broke his foot and McElroy took his place in the league. He has the skill set to be a center fielder but so far, he has yet to advance above A ball.