Every Wednesday I am going to take you through the Cardinals minor league system with a few notes on prospects that have drawn attention from Cards fans.
Terry Fuller is off to a hot start for the Gulf Coast Cardinals. The Cards’ 15th round pick has tremendous power potential but is said to be extremely raw. Through his first 7 games, Fuller has a slash line of .333/.417/.571 and provided fireworks on the 4th of July hitting his first professional home run. Defensively, Fuller has played center field, but don’t get too excited as Fuller is likely not to stick there.
Jordan Hicks has made two straight excellent starts for the Peoria Chiefs. Hicks, a Midwest League All-Star, has pitched into the 8th inning in both of his starts since the all-star break. Combined, he has gone 15 1/3 innings and has allowed two earned runs while striking out 16.
I noted Delvin Perez‘s early season issues with the Johnson City Cardinals a few days ago and he has gotten off to a slow start offensively. Through 9 games, Perez is slashing .194/.286/.258 and has a wRC+ of 58 so far. However, he has created some excitement with a triple and a great defensive play. Here is video of Perez’s triple.
Delvin Perez hitting a triple tonight for Johnson City. pic.twitter.com/GA3OuL4xwb
— neill murphy (@tenncardfan) July 4, 2017
Joshua Lopez of the State College Spikes is off to an incredible start to his 2017 season. The 21-year old catcher has three home runs and is slashing .486/.561/.829 over his first 10 games with the Spikes. Perez has always been a fringe prospect, but needs to be promoted quickly and maintain this success (maybe not to this level) before he finds himself on top prospect lists.
Speaking of top prospect lists, I will be publishing my top 20 prospects in the next couple of weeks. I will begin with prospects 11-20 next week, then follow with 1-10. My mid-season list looks much different from my pre-season list.
Adolis Garcia has made the transition from Double-A to Triple-A look pretty easy so far. Through 5 games at the Triple-A level, Garcia has a 155 wRC+. Obviously it’s extremely early, but the Cardinals have to like what they have seen from the 24-year old Cuban import this season. Garcia looks to be destined for right field, which is where he has played primarily this season.
Carson Kelly may be breaking out of a mini slump he was in during June. He currently has a four game hitting streak that features three doubles and a home run. On the season, Kelly has an OPS of .833 and a wRC+ of 118.
With the exception of the GCL Cardinals (3-4), the club’s short-season affiliates are picking up where they left off in 2016. Johnson City is 7-5, while State College is 9-5, both clubs are coming off of championships in their respective leagues.
If you’re looking for a minor leaguer to follow on Wednesday, I suggest Mike O’Reilly, the starter for Peoria tonight. He tossed 8 scoreless innings last time out and holds an ERA under 2 runs this season. Another good start might earn O’Reilly a plane ticket to south Florida.
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