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Drake Homers, Poncedeleon pitches Peoria Chiefs to win

Peoria, IL– The Peoria Chiefs won the rubber match of a three-game home series 3-1 against the Beloit Snappers Thursday night. The win improves the Chiefs to 10-11 on the season with three games left on the homestand. The Chiefs opened the scoring in the third when Blake Drake drilled Daniel Gossett’s first pitch of the inning down the left-field line for a solo home run and...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leagues: Poncedeleon conquers Beloit

Poncedeleon is missing bats and generating groundballs at an exceptionally rate. Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation Daniel Poncedeleon continues to exceed expectations with another fantastic performance for the Peoria Chiefs. Poncedeleon picked up his second win of the year striking out 7 batters over 5.2 innings. He gave up a run on a solo home run in the 4th inning. In all, he surrendered...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Peoria Chiefs Swept By Bandits at Home

Peoria, IL- The Peoria Chiefs allowed two runs to score on wild pitches in the seventh inning as they fell 4-3 Thursday night to the Quad Cities River Bandits. The loss, their third in a row, finished the sweep and drops the Chiefs to 8-7 to close out their six-game homestand. The Chiefs opened the scoring in their half of the first against Quad Cities starter Austin Chrismon. Oscar...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking a sabermetric look at hot starts within the St. Louis Cardinals farm system

The St. Louis Cardinals’ farm teams are less than two weeks into the season and are quickly out of the gates. The two lower level affiliates, Palm Beach and Peoria, are off to winning records and playing some great baseball. Memphis and Springfield, the highest affiliates, are struggling to start the season.I wanted to give you an early look at 5 batters and 5 pitchers who are...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Peoria Chiefs Win Streak Ends as Kernels Score Four in Eighth

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA- The Peoria Chiefs saw their six game win streak come to a close as the Cedar Rapids Kernels scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 5-1 win Friday night. The Chiefs went 5-1 on their first roadtrip of the season and return home for a six-game homestand with a 6-3 record. Both starting pitchers were outstanding and left with the game tied 1-1. The Chiefs...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leagues: Poncedeleon’s strong start not enough

Poncedeleon utilizes a four-pitch mix to retire hitters. The trend of strong starting pitching continued for the Peoria Chiefs, but the teams was done in by their bullpen as they fell short in their bid for a 7th consecutive win. Right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon took the mound for the Chiefs in Cedar Rapids and delivered his second strong start of the young season. Poncedeleon gave...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leagues: Poncedeleon impresses

Poncedeleon made his full-season debut for the Peoria Chiefs in a contest with the Quad Cities River Bandits. Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation The minor leagues went 2-2 for the night. The top two teams saw their starting pitching struggle as they were both blown out, but the lower minors got key hits from their lineup to pick up victories.Peoria got its first win of the season thanks...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing the preliminary 2015 roster of the Peoria Chiefs

The St. Louis Cardinals Midwest League affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs, were the first minor league club to announce their preliminary roster for the beginning of the 2015 season. Yesterday, I tried to predict the Chiefs’ roster and came out at 16/25. Check below for my thoughts on the Chiefs’ roster.Green Color = a correct predictionBlue color = a player on the team that I did...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicting the opening day roster for the Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs roster prediction is the last of the four full-season clubs to be predicted. As we have moved down the system, the predictions have become increasingly more difficult. With the pool of possible players increasing, the Peoria roster is more of a guessing game than anything else.Here is my look at the starting rotation for Peoria:Arturo ReyesWill AndersonAustin GomberTrey...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking back at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2014 Draft: Rounds 6-20

In part 1 of this series I looked at the Cardinals’ first seven picks, covering rounds 1 through 5. Of those first seven picks, only one came from a position other than pitcher. Of the 15 that I will profile today, only 5 are pitchers. After loading up on pitching early, the Cardinals moved around the diamond and into the outfield.Going into the 2014 draft, the Cards brass made...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospect Countdown: 5 players who just missed

With my top 50 prospect list out now for a couple of weeks, I thought I would look back at a few prospects who did not make the list, but where very close. These prospects would fit in the 51-60 range and are in no particular order, but could make their way into the mid-season list pretty easily.Daniel PoncedeleonPoncedeleon has a really interesting back story as he has been drafted...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leagues: Advanced pitching stat leaders for 2014

Last week, I brought you the hitting leaders throughout the Cardinals farm system, but with a twist. I introduced, to some of you, a few advanced hitting statistics. I wanted to do the same thing with pitchers, but there is a catch. FanGraphs does not track as many advanced pitching statistics as they do hitting. With that said, here are four stats that may not be earth shattering...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

End of Year Recap: State College Spikes

The State College Spikes’ 2014 season was historic in several accounts. The Spikes won 48 of their 76 games to tie the best record in the league this year and the best record in Spikes’ history. After clinching the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division for the second straight time, the Spikes went on to beat the Hudson Valley Renegades in 3 games before topping the Tri-City...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick of Time: Thompson’s blast helps State College capture title

Nick Thompson punctuated a big 1st inning that set the tone for the decisive Game 3 of the New York-Penn League Championship Series. Danny Diekroeger drew a 1-out walk in front of Thompson. Thompson then drilled a home run over the left field wall. Alex De Leon kept the power going as he laced a double to right. Adam Ehrlich got on base thanks to an error in left that moved De Leon...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

One-Hit Wonder: Gem from Juan Perez gives Johnson City series lead

Nikola Tesla would be proud of the amount of electricity in the arm of Juan Perez. Perez is a young pitcher who just turned 19 six weeks ago, and he is slowly but surely working his way through the low levels of the minor leagues with his sights set on St. Louis. The Venezuelan right-hander has struck out slightly more than a batter per inning throughout his 150.2 career innings...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

GCL Cardinals score two touchdowns in the first; Low Minors go 3-0

In their final regular season game, the Cardinals exploded for 19 runs, 14 of which came in the 1st inning. The Cardinals started with 12 straight hitters reaching base. Magneuris Sierra, Edmundo Sosa, Michael Pritchard, and Jake Gronsky started the game with 4 straight singles with Gronsky’s hit scoring Sierra. With the bases loaded, the Nationals’ starter balked to bring home...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Oh Danny Boy! Diekroeger and Poncedeleon lead State College rout; Low Minors go 3-0

Two 2014 draftees, Danny Diekroeger and Daniel Poncedeleon, combined forces to lead the State College Spikes in a thrashing of the 2nd-place Jamestown Jammers. Diekroeger put together a 3-hit night including his 3rd triple of the year. Diekroeger’s performance raised his season line to .289/.336/.422. Hopefully, like other Stanford alumni, his power will develop after getting out...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Spikes’ Chase for big inning capped by Raffield homer, Low Minors go 2-2

After a 7-inning struggle to put together hits, the State College lineup erupted in the 8th inning. Despite getting extra-base hits from Brian O’Keefe (double in the 2nd inning) and Brett Wiley (triple in the 4th), the Spikes never had a multi-hit inning through the first 7 frames. That changed immediately in the 8th inning when Jhohan Acevedo and Robelys Reyes kicked the inning...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Malik Collymore continues to dominate Gulf Coast League, Low Minors go 2-2

Malik Collymore is one of the most exciting prospect in the Low Minors for the St. Louis Cardinals. With a 3-hit day against the GCL Mets, the young Canadian second baseman upped his season slash line to .354/.425/.551. More impressively, coming into today, Collymore was the best offensive second baseman in the GCL and one of the best overall hitters in the league despite being one...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Homers from Nick Thompson, Chase Raffield, and Collin Radack power State College’s 30th win

In a slugfest, the State College Spikes powered over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to improve to 30-13 on the season, keeping a 9 game lead over the Batavia Muckdogs and Williamsport Crosscutters, who both sit at 21-22. Tied at 1 in the top of the 6th, Nick Thompson hit his 3rd homer of the year. In the 7th, Collin Radack drilled his 2nd home run of the season over the left-center...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Low Minors Report: Casey Turgeon and Rowan Wick continue to rake

The Cardinals low minors affiliates went 2-2 on Monday with Johnson City and the GCL Cards winning. The Cards’ first three picks in this year’s draft were all on the mound today with much success. Rowan Wick for State College and Casey Turgeon for Johnson City continue to rake. Turgeon is still over .400 and Wick is sitting at .378. Here are the results from Monday’s games...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jake Stone powers State College doubleheader sweep, Oscar Mercado steals a win for Johnson City

Jake Stone got a chance to impress at Peoria earlier this year and show off his good batting eye and solid power potential, but he struggled, hitting well under the Mendoza line while showing a good batting eye (16.7% BB%) but no power (.049 ISO). His time at State College is leaps and bounds better. He’s still showing a great eye at the plate (17.9%), but he’s also hitting ...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Magneuris Sierra with double doubles

Magneuris Sierra raised his line in the GCL to .339/.381/.508 with two doubles in the GCL Cardinals’ win over the GCL Mets. The 18-year-old Sierra is 20-for-59 this season with 5 doubles, a triple, a homer, 11 RBI, and 4 stolen bases. Sierra is touted as being above average in center field with a line drive swing, and he’s shown that swing off so far this year.   Brooklyn Cyclones...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rowan Wick drives in more runs, Edmundo Sosa hits first homer of the year

No, Rowan Wick didn’t pop his 12th home run of the year tonight. Instead, he decided he’d keep the ball in the park to bring runners home, picking up a pair of RBIs in State College’s 13th win of the season. At 13-7, the Spikes now sit alone at the top of the NYPL Pickney Division. With his 2-RBI night, Wick has bumped his slash line to .415/.537/.969 with 11 HR, 27 RBI, 15...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmundo Sosa sets the table for big GCL offense, Rowan Wick pops another home run

The short-season teams went 2-2 on the night. Edmundo Sosa, the exciting young shortstop, led off for the GCL team on its opening day and set the tempo, getting on base four times with three singles and a walk. Rowan Wick continues to show off impressive power in State College. He hit his 6th home run of the year, which leads the New York-Penn League. Johnson City was stymied by...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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