St. Louis Cardinals: Arizona Fall League Week Four Recap


Good morning and welcome, to the fourth week recap on the Arizona Fall League, as we take a look at how the St. Louis Cardinals’ prospects did this past week for the Surprise Seguaros. There is plenty to get to as you may well know, so let’s get at it!

Alex Reyes – Sticking with the tune of one outing a week, Reyes had his roughest outing of the fall on last Monday. He pitched into the fourth inning of the game against the Scotsdale Scorpions, where he gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in a total of 3.1 innings pitched, registering only two strikeouts. Reyes was then pulled from the Fall League ahead of his scheduled start at the All Star Game this past Saturday for what was then thought of as precautionary reasons.

With the news of Reyes’ suspension, we now know why he was pulled. I am not sure if the suspension will date back to when he was pulled from the league or if it was slated to start yesterday. Depending on when, Reyes will have 10-12 games shaved off of his suspension with the remaining Fall League games.

Aledmys Diaz-I am unsure why Diaz wasn’t selected to be apart the all star game festivities, but here’s Diaz’s numbers for the week. In three games started for the Seguaros, Diaz went 4-11 with one homer, one double, four RBI, and just two strikeouts. Diaz continues his strong fall and continues to be apart of my consideration for next season’s backup SS/3B/2B.

Patrick Wisdom – Wisdom had a bit more disappointing week this past week, as he went 3-15 with one double and two walks. This was after having two homers the week previous, so a bit of a disappointment in the power department. However, Wisdom was selected for the All-Star game as well as Reyes. Unlike Reyes, Wisdom did actually appear in the All Star game on Saturday where he went 0-3 with a strikeout and a walk.

Charlie Tilson – Tilson had another decent week as he went 3-12 with one walk, one RBI, and one stolen base. Again, Tilson is starting to show good on base and speed potential and could prove himself a factor with the speed by September of next season.

Mike Ohlman – Ohlman was only able to get into two games this past week, going 2-7 with one double and two strikeouts. Ohlman is playing behind the Yankees’ top catching prospect in Gary Sanchez, who is shining for the Seguaros, so that would be why Ohlman is not getting a lot of playing time. Ohlman is going to need to step it up in the power department, if he wants to get into more than two games per week. 

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Luke Weaver – Weaver made his first start of the fall season on Friday. He went four innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out two, while not allowing a walk. Weaver continues to have an impressive fall and is continuing to make a case for being one of the top pitching prospects in an organization stacked with top pitching.

Dean Kiekhefer – Dean made up big time for the one bad outing last week. In just one appearance, he went two innings, not allowing a run on one hit and striking out 5 of the 7 batters he faced. That is pretty good for a reliever. This fall is big for Kiekhefer as he could give the Cardinals’ the ability to forgo going after a Darren O’Day or another left-handed reliever in free agency. 

Robby Rowland – Rowland was the only Cardinals’ pitcher to have more than one appearance this week. In the two appearances, Rowland pitched two innings, allowing one earned run on just one walk, and striking out two. Rowland will be another who could impress the Cardinals’ front office, although I wouldn’t expect Rowland to go beyond AAA Memphis next season as Rowland did just have ten appearances in AA Springfield last season.

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That’ll do it for this week’s recap of the Arizona Fall League. Unfortunately, with the Alex Reyes news, the attention this league is going to get now from Cardinals’ fans is going to drop a bit. Not for this fan, as I continue to be intrigued by what Aledmys Diaz has to offer the team next season.