Originally posted on Cardinals Farm  |  Last updated 10/10/13
  The 2013 Arizona Fall League is underway and a couple of Cardinals’ minor league prospects are already excelling for the Salt River Rafters. My goal is to bring you an update on how the Baby Birds participating in the league fair every other day.   Tuesday October 9th   On opening night, the Rafters were facing Pirates stud prospect Jameson Taillon for a couple of innings. The only Cards player that saw action was Stephen Piscotty, who hit fifth and played left field. Piscotty led off the second inning with a walk and then would later steal second base and third base after strikeouts to Tim Wheeler and Nick Ahmed. On the attempt to get Piscotty at third, Scottsdale catcher Andrew Susac committed a throwing error allowing Piscotty to score. In the third, Piscotty grounded out to second. For his third at bat in the 6th inning, Piscotty struck out to lead off. He also struck out in the 8th in his final at bat.   Stephen Piscotty: 0-for-3, R, 2 SB   Wednesday October 10th   While Cardinal fans were watching the big club finish out the Pirates, thanks to a masterful performance from Adam Wainwright, several Baby Birds were contributing in Arizona.   James Ramsey got the start in right field and hit 6th. In his first at bat in the second inning, Ramsey singled to left. He got another at bat in third, and this time struck out on a full count. Ramsey’s third at bat came in the fifth where he drew a one out walk, but would later be stranded on the bases. As the Rafters started to score, Ramsey got another at bat in the sixth where he grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the 8th, he came up with runners and first and second and deposited a three-run home run into the right field seats.   Jacob Wilson also got a pinch-hit opportunity in the 8th, and he flied out to right. Wilson would remain in the game and play second base. In the 9th, with one out Ramsey struck out. Wilson would later follow with a run scoring single to left.   A couple of Baby Bird pitchers saw action on Wednesday as well. Anthony Ferrara (Springfield)  entered the game in the 6th after 5 impressive innings from Tampa Bay Rays prospect Grayson Garvin. In his inning, Ferrara got a ground out, then issued a walk, and followed with two strikeouts.   Dean Kiekhefer (Palm Beach, Springfield) pitched the 8th for Salt River. After allowing a lead-off single, he got a ground out to force the runner at second, a strikeout, and another ground out.   James Ramsey: 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, R, BB, 2 K   Jacob Wilson: 1-for-2, RBI   Anthony Ferrara: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K   Dean Kiekhefer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K   It was nice to see scoreless innings from the two pitchers. Ramsey had a big first game, but I would like to see him cut down on the strikeouts, especially if he is going to be a top of the order hitter for the Cardinals.   Check back on Saturday for Thursday’s and Friday’s action!     Related articles St. Louis Cardinals: Arizona Fall League Preview (cardinalsfarm.com) St. Louis Cardinals: Final top 20 prospect rankings (cardinalsfarm.com) Palm Beach Cardinals: Season in review (cardinalsfarm.com)
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