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Cardinals In The Arizona Fall League
Two Former Redbirds & One Local Memphian Highlight AFL Squad
09/25/2013 12:54 PM ET
 

The St. Louis Cardinals are sending seven players and one manager to participate in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League this offseason, which is owned and operated by Major League Baseball.

All of those players have been placed on the Salt River Rafters club, which is also comprised of prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Colorado Rockies. The Rafters will play their home games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, spring training home of the Diamondbacks and Rockies.

Also representing the Cardinals in the AFL will be Double-A Springfield manager Mike Shildt, who will be in the same coaching capacity with the Rafters.

The season began on October 8 and play will culminate with the championship game on Saturday, November 16. The six AFL teams will each play a six-week, 32 game schedule with six games per week (Monday-Saturday).

Below is a quick recap of players representing the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

LHP Anthony Ferrara | Springfield Cardinals

Ferrara pitched the entire 2013 season with Double-A Springfield, going 7-6 with a 5.84 ERA (64er/98.2ip) and 86 strikeouts in 23 games (20 starts).

The left-hander finished third in the Texas League in walks and shared the team lead in wins, tied for second in starts, ranked third in strikeouts, and fourth in innings. He one-hit the Arkansas Travelers with nine strikeouts through seven dominant innings on August 3.

The 24-year-old Ferrara was the Cardinals' 7th round selection in the June, 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Riverview (Fla.) High School.

Stats & Bio | @FerraraJr33


RHP Sam Gaviglio | Palm Beach Cardinals

Gaviglio split a limited 2013 season between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Cardinals and Advanced-A Palm Beach Cardinals. The right-hander went a combined 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA (12er/47.2ip) and 39 strikeouts in nine games (eight starts) between the clubs. Seven of his eight starts were with Palm Beach.

The right-hander was the Cardinals' 5th round selection in the June, 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Oregon State University. The former Beaver was named to Baseball America's All-American Second Team, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Third Team, and to the All-Pac-10 First Team his junior year.

Stats & Bio


LHP Dean Kiekhefer | Palm Beach Cardinals

Kiekhefer split the 2013 campaign between Advanced-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield, going 4-5 with a 3.43 ERA (23er/60.1ip) and 38 strikeouts in 36 relief outings.

The left-hander pitched the majority with Palm Beach, going 4-3 with a 3.27 ERA (16er/44.0ip) and 28 strikeouts before rejoining Springfield on August 26. Over two stints with Springfield, Kiekhefer was 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA (7er/16.1ip) and 10 strikeouts in 11 appearances.

The Crestwood, Ky. native was drafted by the Cardinals in the 36th round of the June, 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Louisville.

Stats & Bio


OF Stephen Piscotty | Springfield Cardinals

Piscotty split the last season between Advanced-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield, batting .295 (126-for-427) with 15 home runs, 23 doubles, and 59 RBIs in 112 games. He was named to the 2013 Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star squad before promoted to Springfield on June 21.

Piscotty was rated as St. Louis' #10 prospect by Baseball America before the 2013 season, while also being recognized by the same publication as having the organization's "Best Outfield Arm." He converted from third base to outfielder upon being signed.

Piscotty was the Cardinals' supplemental 1st round selection (36th overall) in the June, 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford University, compensation for the loss of free agent Albert Pujols to the Angels. Piscotty was a two-time first team All-PAC 12 selection and third team All-American honoree as a utility infielder and pitcher.

He won the 2011 Cape Cod batting title with a .349 batting average

Stats & Bio | MLB.com: Top Prospects Preview | Player Of The Week


OF James Ramsey | Memphis Redbirds

Ramsey split the 2013 season between three levels in the Cardinals organization and ended his campaign in Memphis. The 23-year-old combined to hit .265 (109-for-411) with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs in 112 games. Fourteen of his 15 home runs were hit over his final 69 games with Double-A Springfield after June 3.

Recognized as the Cardinals' #12 prospect by Baseball America to begin the 2013 season, Ramsey punished FSL pitchers to a .361 average (22-for-61) with one homer, two triples, five doubles, and 22 runs scored in 18 games before promoted to Springfield on May 5.

The Alpharetta, Ga. native was the Cardinals' 1st round selection (23rd overall) in the June, 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida State University. He led the Seminoles to a pair of College World Series appearances in 2010 and 2012.

Stats & Bio | @jamesramsey23 | Baseball America: Power Surge Gets Ramsey On Track To St. Louis.


LHP Lee Stoppelman | Memphis Redbirds

Stoppelman split the 2013 season between three levels of the Cardinals organization and ended his season with the Redbirds. The left-handed reliever finished 6-3 with a 1.50 ERA (11er/66.0ip) and 78 strikeouts in 55 games between Advanced-A Palm Beach, Double-A Springfield, and Memphis.

The Pleasant Hill, Miss. native began 2013 at Palm Beach, going 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA (4er/24.0ip) and 26 strikeouts in 15 games before joining Springfield on May 25. With the Cardinals, Stoppelman went 3-1 with a 1.35 ERA (6er/40.0ip), six saves, and 50 strikeouts in 37 games while limiting Texas League batters to a .150 average against (20-for-133).

The 23-year-old was promoted to Memphis on August 29 and collected a win in his Triple-A debut that same night at New Orleans (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, K).

He was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 24th round of the June, 2012 First-Year Player Draft draft out of the University of Central Missouri. His senior year in 2012, the left-hander went 10-0 with a 1.47 ERA (13er/79.2ip), 89 strikeouts, and 16 walks in 14 games (11 starts).

Stats & Bio | @LeeStoppelman


INF Jacob Wilson | Palm Beach Cardinals

Bartlett, Tenn. Native Jacob Wilson split the season between Single-A Peoria and Advanced-A Palm Beach, hitting .243 (113-for-465) with 18 home runs and 82 RBIs in 129 combined games. He finished third in the Cardinals organization with 82 RBIs and was recognized as a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star squad.

Wilson was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 10th round of the June, 2012 First-Year Player Draft draft out of the University of Memphis. He was named 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year after batting .320 with a league-leading 17 homers and 64 RBIs, ranking 10th in the NCAA in homers. 

The third baseman helped Bartlett High School capture its first state championship in 2007, leading the state with 71 RBIs. He converted to second base upon being signed.

Stats & Bio | Memphis Flyer: A Cardinal In Tiger Stripes

Former Redbirds In The Arizona Fall League
POS. NAME YEARS IN MEMPHIS AFL TEAM, YEAR(S)
1B Matt Adams 2012 Peoria 11
LHP Armando Almanza 1998, '05 Peoria 98
C Bryan Anderson 2008-12 Surprise 09
RHP Alan Benes 1999-2001, '04, '06 Sun Cities 95
1B/OF Andy Bevins 2000-01 Scottsdale 00
RHP Mitchell Boggs 2008-09, '11, '13 Mesa 07
OF Shaun Boyd 2006 Grand Canyon 03
RHP Brian Broderick 2011-12 Surprise 10
LHP Justin Brunette 2000 Phoenix 99
RHP Mike Busby 1998-99 Mesa, 97
RHP Keith Butler 2013 Peoria 11
LHP Carmen Cali 2004-06 Mesa 04
RHP Chris Carpenter 2003, '08, '13 Phoenix 96
RHP Andy Cavazos 2006-07 Mesa 04, Surprise 05
OF Adron Chambers 2010-13 Surprise 10
INF Stubby Clapp 1999-2002 Scottsdale 00
RHP Maikel Cleto 2011-13 Peoria 2010
INF Zack Cox 2012 Surprise 10
RHP Rich Croushore 1998-99 Mesa 97
C Tony Cruz 2010-11 Surprise 10
RHP Ramon Delgado 2013 Surprise 10
INF Daniel Descalso 2010-12 Surprise 09
RHP Dennis Dove 2007 Peoria 06
RHP Corey Doyne 2006 Surprise 05
OF J.D. Drew 1998-98 Peoria 98
1B/OF Chris Duncan 2005-06, '08 Peoria 98
LHP Bryan Eversgerd 1998-2000, '13 Chandler 93
LHP Sam Freeman 2012-13 Surprise 12
INF/OF John Gall 2003-06 Phoenix 01, Maryvale 02
OF Reid Gorecki 2006 Mesa 04
RHP Scott Gorgen 2012 Surprise 09
OF Scarborough Green 1998 Mesa 07
INF Tyler Greene 2008-11 Peoria 08
INF Chris Haas 1999-2000 Peoria 98, Phoenix 99
OF Cody Haerther 2008 Surprise 05
INF Mark Hamilton 2009-12 Mesa 07
INF Travis Hanson 2006-07 Surprise 05
INF Bo Hart 2003-06 Phoenix 01
OF Dee Haynes 2003-05 Maryvale 02
RHP Rick Heiserman 1999-2002 Mesa 97, Phoenix 99
OF Tyler Henley 2012 Surprise 09
C/OF Steven Hill 2010-12 Peoria 08
INF Jarrett Hoffpauir 2007-09 Mesa 07
RHP Chad Hutchinson 1999-01 Scottsdale 00
INF Ryan Jackson 2012-13 Peoria 11
C/INF Gabe Johnson 2006, '08 Peoria 08
C Rob Johnson 2013 Surprise 05
LHP Tyler Johnson 2005-07 Grand Canyon 03
OF Daryl Jones 2011 Surprise 09
RHP Kevin Joseph 2001-02 Maryvale 02
RHP Jason Karnuth 2000-02 Scottsdale 00
INF Adam Kennedy 1998-99 Peoria 98, Phoenix 99
RHP Blake King 2011 Surprise 10
RHP Josh Kinney 2005-06, '09-10 Grand Canyon 03
RHP David Kopp 2010-11 Peoria 11
INF Pete Kozma 2010-12 Peoria 10
C Gerald Laird 2011 Phoenix 01, Peoria 02
RHP Chris Lambert 2006-07 Surprise 05
RHP Jeremy Lambert 2001, '03 Phoenix 01
RHP Braden Looper 1998 Scottsdale 96, Peoria 98
RHP Lance Lynn 2009-11 Surprise 09
LHP Tyler Lyons 2012-13 Peoria 11
INF/OF John Mabry 2004 Tempe 94
LHP Evan MacLane 2009-10 Grand Canyon 04
LHP Mike Maroth 2007 Scottsdale 00
C Eli Marrero 1998, 2000, '03, '07 Scottsdale 96
OF Amaury Marti 1998, 2000, '03, '07 Peoria 06, Mesa 07
INF/OF Joe Mather 2007-10 Mesa 07
C/RHP Jason Motte 2004, '08, '10 Mesa 07
INF John Nelson 2005-07 Grand Canyon 03, Mesa 04
LHP Tyler Norrick 2008-10 Peoria 08
OF Mike O'Neill 2013 Surprise 12
OF Bill Ortega 2001-02 Phoenix 01
RHP Adam Ottavino 2009-11 Peoria 08
RHP Mike Parisi 2007-08 Peoria 06, Surprise 09
RHP Troy Percival 2007 Scottsdale 92
RHP Stuart Pomeranz 2007 Peoria 06, Mesa 07
RHP Cliff Politte 1998, 2008 Peoria 99
RHP Stuart Pomeranz 2007 Peoria 06, Mesa 07
INF/OF Albert Pujols 2000 Scottsdale 00
RHP Adam Reifer 2011-12 Surprise 09
OF Kerry Robinson 2001, '03 Mesa 97, Grand Canyon 98
OF Shane Robinson 2008-12 Peoria 08
INF Brendan Ryan 2008-12 Peoria 06
RHP Rich Scalamandre 2006 Surprise 05
INF/OF Skip Schumaker 2005-07, '12 Grand Canyon 03
LHP Kevin Siegrist 2013 Surprise 12
INF Junior Spivey 2006 Scottsdale 98
OF Nick Stavinoha 2007-11 Peoria 06
RHP Steve Stemle 2002-04 Maryvale 02
RHP Garrett Stephenson 1999, 2001-02 Scottsdale 95
OF Todd Steverson 1998 Scottsdale 94-96
OF So Taguchi 2002-04 Maryvale 02
OF Oscar Taveras 2013 Peoria 11
RHP Brad Thompson 2004-05, '07-09 Grand Canyon 03
C J.R. Towles 2013 Mesa 07
INF/OF Eugenio Velez 2012 Scottsdale 07
RHP Adam Wainwright 2004-05, '08 Mesa 04
INF Brett Wallace 2009 Peoria 08
RHP John Wasdin 2008 Phoenix 96
INF Rico Washington 2006-08 Peoria 00/03, Maryvale '01
RHP John Wasdin 2008 Phoenix 96
RHP Todd Wellemeyer 2009 Mesa 02
LHP Gabe White 2005 Tempe 93
RHP Boone Whiting 2013 Surprise 12
2B Kolten Wong 2013 Surprise 12
INF/OF Jay Woolf 2000-01 Peoria 98
OF Ernie Young 2000 Phoenix 95
OF Matt Young 2012 Mesa 08
LHP Dave Zancanaro 2001 Phoenix 92
INF Lance Zawadzki 2012 Peoria 09

 

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