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Minor-league report: Cardinals prospect Connor Thomas allows two runs in three innings

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St. Louis Cardinals start day 2 team workouts in Jupiter

Laurie Skrivan, Post-Dispatch

Cardinals pitcher Connor Thomas reacts during his bullpen session on the second day of team workouts on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at the Cardinals’ spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla.

In his first game action since throwing a scoreless inning on Sunday as the National League Fall Stars starting pitcher, Connor Thomas on Wednesday pitched three innings and allowed two runs in Salt River’s 4-2 road win against Scottsdale. He finished the game with three strikeouts and walked one.

Thomas’s walked batsman against Scottsdale was the first one he’s issued since Oct. 17 — a streak that lasted 13 1/3 consecutive innings.

The two runs allowed by the left-hander came in the third inning after he gave up back-to-back doubles to begin the frame. Both runners scored when Atlanta prospect Cal Conley reached base on a fielder’s choice. With runners on first and third and no outs, Thomas escaped the jam after Conley was caught stealing and Thomas struck out two batters swinging.

After allowing two runs, Thomas’s ERA rose to 1.75. He leads the AFL in strikeouts with 34 and has walked only four batters in 25 2/3 innings.

Thomas was one of five Cardinals prospects to play on Wednesday. Here is how they did:

Catcher Pedro Pages: Back in game action for the first time since Friday, the 24-year-old went three-for-three at the plate and drew a walk in the win against Scottsdale. With his three-hit game, Pages raised his average to .279 across 43 at-bats. In his last two games, Pages is five-for-six with a double, an RBI, and two walks. From behind home plate, Pages threw out the only stolen base attempt against him.

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Loutos: Loutos pitched a scoreless inning of relief and notched one strikeout. He has a 2.57 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Center fielder Mike Antico: Antico went hitless in five at-bats but was credited with an RBI after his groundout in the ninth inning gave Salt River an insurance run in their win. He is batting .216 with an .842 OPS. The RBI was his eighth in 37 at-bats. He is tied with Masyn Winn for the second most by a Cardinals prospect in the AFL.

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Leahy: Leahy pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three in his relief outing. He allowed a single and a walk in the sixth inning but struck out Angels’ prospect Kyren Paris looking to leave runners stranded on first and second base. The pair of scoreless innings lowered Leahy’s ERA to 10.67 across 14 1/3 innings. Although he has struck out 21 batters he has also walked 10.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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