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Minor-league report: Cardinals prospect Michael McGreevy allows four runs in start

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Michael McGreevy warms up in Springfield bullpen

Right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy (right) warms in the Springfield Cardinals' bullpen on Aug. 18, 2022 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri as pitching coach Darwin Marrero and teammates watch.

On the same mound where he made his Class AA debut, right-handed pitching prospect Michael McGreevy toed the rubber for his final scheduled start of the 2022 regular season.

Facing Tulsa on the road, the former first-round pick gave up four runs on five hits that included two home runs. That pitching line gives McGreevy a 4.74 ERA in 19 starts for Springfield to finish the regular season. Along with his eight starts and 45 1/3 innings while with Class High-A Peoria prior to his May call-up, McGreevy will end the regular season 9-5 and with a 4.04 ERA over 140 1/3 minor-league innings.

Along with McGreevy’s last scheduled regular season start, these are some of the notable performances from around the Cardinals minor-leagues:

Hits

Third baseman/Outfielder Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: As he looks to finish the Class AA season with some consistency, Walker went two-for-three, drew a walk, and stole two bases during Springfield’s 9-7 road loss to Tulsa. The multi-hit game was Walker’s fourth in his last nine games played. With five games remaining for Springfield, Walker is batting .306 with a .390 on-base percentage and a .510 slugging on the year. The 20-year-old is 11-for-36 with two doubles, a homer, and three RBIs since the start of September.

First baseman/Outfielder Juan Yepez, Class AAA Memphis: After a six game stretch during which he went two-for-20, Yepez reached base three times on Tuesday as he went two-for-four with a walk during Memphis’ 5-1 win against Iowa. Yepez’s single in the third inning snapped a zero-for-12 stretch that began on Friday for the 24-year-old slugger. With his multi-hit game, Yepez improved his average to .273 over 172 at-bats for Memphis. Since Aug. 30, Yepez is slashing .271/.352/.417.

Outfielder Joshua Baez, Class Low-A Palm Beach: The 19-year-old outfield prospect displayed his powerful swing during Palm Beach’s 6-1 Game 1 loss to St. Lucie in the Florida State League East Division Finals as he went two-for-three with a double and a walk. His two hits accounted for half of Palm Beach’s total hits in the losing effort.

Baez, a second-round pick in the 2021 MLB draft, doubled in the sixth inning after he sent a 2-1 pitch into the left field corner. Baez’s batted ball on his double had a 106.6 mph exit velocity, which was the hardest hit ball between St. Lucie and Palm Beach hitters during Game 1, according to statcast.

Catcher Pedro Pages, Class AAA Memphis: Pages went two-for-four with a double and an RBI in Memphis’ win over Iowa. The multi-hit game was the sixth such performance for Pages since he debuted for Memphis on June 17. After he hit .173 in his first 21 games in Memphis, Pages is batting .274 over his last 62 at-bats.

Catcher Jimmy Crooks III, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Crooks’ eighth inning swing provided the only run for Palm Beach in its Game 1 loss as he went one-for-five with a solo blast in the loss to St. Lucie. The home run was the fourth homer as a pro for Crooks since he was drafted last July. Crooks, a fourth-round pick from the University of Oklahoma, finished the regular season with a .266 average, three homers, seven RBIs, and an .864 OPS in 23 games.

First baseman Chandler Redmond, Class AA Springfield: When Redmond stepped up the plate in the sixth inning with the bases loaded he did the same thing he had already done three time this year. Redmond connected on a grand slam giving him four total in 2022. The latest slam for Redmond came on the first pitch he saw during the sixth inning of Springfield’s loss. When it comes to power, Redmond has connected on 20 homers, driven in 76 runs, and posted a .481 slugging percentage in 91 games with the S-Cards this year.

Misses

Right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy, Class AA Springfield: Limiting the home run ball had been a problem for McGreevy since he made his Springfield debut. He surrendered three in his Class AA debut game on May 26 at Tulsa and, including the pair he surrendered on Tuesday, gave up 14 over 95 innings (1.33 home runs per nine innings) as an S-Card compared to the one he allowed in 41 1/3 innings (0.20 home runs per nine innings) to Class High-A hitters.

Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AAA Memphis: Gomez struck out four times as he went zero-for-five against Iowa. The four strikeout game on Tuesday night was the second time Gomez has struck four times this year. The last time the 24-year-old struck out four times in a game in 2022 came on May 1 while he was with Springfield. Coming into Tuesday, Gomez batted .298 and his previous 90 at-bats since the start of August. He slashing .268/.330/.492 since his call-up from Springfield to Memphis.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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