Minor League Report: Baker, Burleson in Game ‘B’ vs. Marlins | Cardinals of St. Louis
JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals’ minor leaguers, including some of the club’s top prospects, took to the backcourts of Roger Dean Stadium and prepared for the Grapefruit League against the Astros during spring training Monday.
Here are some notable performances from the Cardinals’ minor leaguers:
First baseman Luken Baker: After breaking two bats in a field game against a visiting Miami Marlins team, Baker showed off the powerful swing that helped him hit 26 homers for class AA Springfield in 2021. Using the bat from teammate Alec Burleson, Baker hit a home run to left field that rushed out of the court and shouted “it’s mine now” in reference to Burleson batting after the home run. Despite only having eight at-bats in the Grapefruit League, Baker had three hits and walked once.
Outfielder Alec Burleson: Just before Baker completed his solo home run, Burleson also connected on a solo shot against the Marlins’ B team. Burleson’s home run was an opposite field shot that went inside the left field post. The explosion continues Burleson’s performance at the plate from Sunday, when he landed his first two Grapefruit League hits.
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First Baseman / Corner Fielder Juan Yepez: Yepez, who could end up on the Matchday 1 roster, has found some of the pre-season success he’s been looking for. The 23-year-old hit Paul DeJong from second base with a double against Astros reliever Phil Maton in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Roger Dean. It was Yepez’s first extra hit in Grapefruit League play, and the RBI his second. Yepez has walked .211/.375/.263 with five in 19 at-bats in the Grapefruit League.
Minor League Transactions
Right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo opts for Class AA Memphis
Oviedo had a 4.91 ERA in 62 1/3 innings last year for the Cardinals. He allowed three runs (two earned) in Grapefruit League play this spring.
Right-handed pitcher Junior Fernandez opted for Class AAA Memphis
- Fernandez pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings before being optioned. He had a 5.66 ERA in 20 2/3 innings with the Cardinals in 2021.
Right-handed pitcher Freddy Pacheco
- Pacheco gave up two runs (one earned) in his two sets. He posted a 3.67 ERA in 41 innings last year in the minors which included saves in Class AAA, AA and Low-A affiliates.
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