For Cardinals fans who have a hard time getting through an off-day without listening to their favorite team, the 4 day All Star Game break will seem like an eternity. KMOX will help us all out by broadcasting three minor league games during the break.
KMOX Broadcast Schedule
Monday, July 11: Midland Rock Hounds at Springfield Cardinals
Midland is the AA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics
John Gast is the probable pitcher for Springfield.
Start time is 7:07pm
Tuesday, July 12: Midland Rock Hounds at Springfield Cardinals
Start time is 7:07pm
Thursday, July 14: Round Rock Express at Memphis Redbirds
Round Rock is the AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers
Start time is 7:05pm
The Cardinals AA affiliate got off to a slow start, and a roster upheaval has buried Springfield in the standings, but that doesn’t mean they don’t play an exciting brand of baseball – they do. Some of the youngsters to pay attention to are
Matt Adams – 1B. One word describes Matt Adams: Beast. A big strong kid that can simply hit the cover off the baseball. In the event that Albert Pujols departs after the 2011 season, Matt Adams might be his eventual replacement.
Ryan Jackson – SS. A seriously talented defender, the question was whether or not he could hit. Oh, that is no longer a question. Jackson looks like the Cardinals future shortstop – combining the best of Ryan Theriot and Brendan Ryan. That might be a bit of premature hyperventilating, but he’s one of the two kids in Springfield that made my jaw drop while watching them this year.
Alex Castellanos – RF. And Mr. Castellanos is the other one. A power hitting corner outfielder with a strong arm. What’s not to like ? I can’t wait to see him in Memphis next year, and then maybe in St. Louis the year after. A nice right handed bat to complement all of the power lefties in the Cardinals system.
Zack Cox – 3B. Another top prospect in the Cardinals system, follow his development
John Gast – LHP. We got our first look at young Mr. Gast during spring training, and he has about the best pickoff move we’ve seen in a Cardinals uniform. Fortunately, he can also pitch a little bit, and has recently been promoted from Palm Beach. Gast is the scheduled starter for the Monday broadcast.
Shelby Miller – RHP. At least we got to see Miller throw a solid inning in the All Star Futures game. As a result, he will not pitch in the KMOX broadcasts, but there’s no reason you can’t follow the Cardinals top prospect later this summer.
Samuel Freeman – LHP. With all of the trouble in the left side of the Cardinals bullpen, Freeman looks to be the next Eduardo Sanchez or Fernando Salas, but from port side. He has been mostly brilliant this year, and I hope he gets into one of these two games.
An added bonus for Cardinals fans is Eduardo Sanchez, who will be Springfield on a rehabilitation assignment. His first few appearances have been shaky, but we expect a return to form soon.
Like Springfield, Memphis got off to a rough start, but have really turned it around in the last month. They finished the first half just 1 1/2 games out of first place. Chris Maloney has these kids playing all nine innings, and a late comeback is not unusual – in fact it is quite expected. Some of the kids in Memphis to follow include
Adron Chambers – CF. The most exciting non-pitcher in the Cardinals farm system. Built like a football player, Chambers is a mix of Lonnie Smith and Kenny Lofton. He can fly on the bases, has a good arm, and has started hitting with some authority. With all the rumors surrounding the future of Colby Rasmus, this might be a good time to get to know Mr. Chambers. He could make the top of the Cardinals batting order something to be feared by opposing pitchers.
Victor Marte – RHP. The Memphis bullpen was devastated when Francisco Samuel and Adam Riefer went on the disabled list. Add to the problem the callups of Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas. Marte came over from the Omaha Storm Chasers and he’s been holding down the closer’s role ever since. A good fastball, lively slider, Marte has been a pleasant surprise.
Nick Addition – LHP. The tall left reminds me a lot of Mark Mulder in his prime. He has recently been promoted from Springfield where he was lights out. The thoughts of a second lefty in the Cardinals starting rotation over the next few years is enough to make you grin like the Cheshire Cat.
Andrew Brown – RF. Brown has suddenly become the next Allen Craig, but a good defender with a big arm.
Aaron Luna – LF. Luna was Chase Daniel’s running back in high school and tore up the opposition. His speed comes in handy in the outfield and on the bases. One thing you will notice about Luna is his intense concentration. He’s a totally different player after the game, interacting with fan, but while the game is on, he is all business.
Pete Parise – RHP. Parise was the closer last year before shoulder surgery cut his season short. Fernando Salas took over and we know how that ended up. Parise has just returned and his velocity is just starting to return. He has been impressive at times.
Chuckie Fick – RHP. Tall RHP. He has the torso of someone 6ft tall and the legs of an 8ft giant. I make this point because those long legs are all part of his interesting delivery. Opposing batters have a hard time finding the ball hiding in the lankiness. Fick’s out pitch is a heavy sinker, and it has been known to induce a double play or two in his career.
This is a great opportunity for Cardinals fans that don’t normally follow the minor leaguers to get some exposure to the kids. The broadcasts are great, and Steve Selby and Charlie Lea in Memphis are one of the best radio duos I’ve ever heard.
I dare you to take a listen and not fall in love with the kids on the farm. If you do, remember that audio for all minor league games are streamed for free. You can find links for the Cardinals affiliates over on the right. If you are looking for other broadcasts, you can check out the MiLB media page.