The St. Louis Cardinals organization lays in wait for positive news on their young prospect pitcher playing for the Memphis Redbirds after he took a comebacker off his head on Tuesday.
The St. Louis Cardinals community took a collective deep breath on Tuesday afternoon when young prospect Daniel Poncedeleon took a comebacker off his head and was removed from the game. The Memphis Redbirds were seeking a sweep of the Iowa Cubs that would have extended their winning streak to twelve games.
The streak came to an end and Poncedeleon’s day came to quick end. If you want to read more on the terrifying turn of events, jump over to my post from yesterday here.
At the time of writing this post, some twenty-four hours or so after the terrifying single by Victor Caratini, Poncedeleon’s update doesn’t seem too promising. Having said that, the update is not terrible either.
At the time of writing this post, Poncedeleon remains in intensive care in Iowa. This is scary and terrible.
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Comebackers are an unpredictable piece of pitching at all levels. Pitchers start on the mound some sixty-plus feet from the batter but when they finish their motion are roughly forty-five-to-fifty feet from the batter. When pitching approximately ninety-plus, and with exit velocities off bats of north of ninety MPH, the pitcher has about ONE second (or less) to get out of the way.
While Daniel remains in ICU, it has been reported that he was able to answer questions and was coherent. After a hit in the head by a speeding baseball it is likely prudent to remain in the ICU for a few days for observation.
All fans of the St. Louis Cardinals wish a fast recovery for Daniel Poncedeleon. Cardinals Nation also wishes him well since he was a high trajectory and is likely to be a pitcher of impact in the coming year.
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