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Minor-league report: Infielder Kramer Robertson homers in first game back with Memphis

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St. Louis Cardinals Kramer Robertson scores in the ninth inning of an exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals on Monday, March 21, 2022, at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

Back wearing a Redbirds uniform for the first time since he was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on June 3 and claimed by the Braves two days later, infielder Kramer Robertson made his presence felt in Class AAA Memphis’ lineup on Tuesday night.

Robertson, who was claimed on waivers by the Cardinals on Friday after he was designated for assignment by the Mets, connected on a two-run homer in the fourth inning of Redbirds’ 5-1 win over Indianapolis.

Along with Robertson’s return to Memphis, these are some of the notable performance by Cardinals minor-leaguers:

Hits

Second baseman Kramer Robertson, Class AAA Memphis: Robertson’s homer was his eight of the season as a minor-leaguer. After he was DFA’d by the Cardinals in early June, Robertson played in 13 games with Braves’ Class AAA affiliate Gwinnett where he batted .300. Robertson found himself in the Mets organization after he was claimed by them on June 27.

The 27-year-old played in 22 games with New York’s Class AAA affiliate Syracuse and was called up to the majors on August 2, but didn’t appear in a game before he was optioned on the next day. As a whole in 2022, Robertson is batting .250 with 32 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases in 74 games.

Center fielder Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: During his first ever start in center field as a minor-leaguer, Walker threw out a runner at home during the S-Cards’ 11-9 win over the Sod Poodles. After fielding a line drive single that one-hopped him, Walker fired to home to nab the runner who tried to score from second base.

Aside from Walker’s throw to the plate, the 20-year-old went three-for-five with three singles in the win. Walker’s three-hit day was his ninth three hit performance of the season. He raised his average to .302 in the process.

Right-handed pitcher Inohan Paniagua, Class High-A Peoria: Paniagua provided his first quality start since arriving to Class High-A as he threw six innings and gave up one run in Peoria’s 7-1 win over Great Lakes. Paniagua kept Great Lakes hitless through his first three innings of work before he allowed a one-out triple in the fourth to Dodgers infield prospect Jorbit Vivas. Paniagua allowed Vivas to score after Diego Cartaya, the Dodgers top prospect, hit a sacrifice fly in the following at-bat.

The most trouble Paniagua faced in his start came in the sixth inning. Paniagua gave up three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out in the frame. He escaped the jam with help from an unassisted double play on a line drive hit to third baseman Jacob Buchberger, who had to dive to make the catch. Paniagua has pitched a total of 114 1/3 innings over 20 starts and sports a 2.52 ERA this season.

Shortstop Jonathan Mejia, Dominican Summer League: Mejia continues to slug his way through the last month of the Dominican Summer League and did so on Tuesday with one of his biggest games yet. The 17-year-old switch-hitting infield prospect went two-for-four with a double, a homer, and two RBIs in the DSL Cardinals’ 16-9 win over the DSL Mets. The homer was Mejia's fifth of the season and the double his 11th. He is batting .360 with a 1.395 OPS and 10 RBIs in his first seven games of August.

Outfielder Matt Koperniak, Class AA Springfield: Koperniak’s RBI triple in the ninth inning of Springfield’s road win not only added an insurance run to the club’s ninth-inning rally, but also completed the cycle for the 24-year-old. Koperniak singled in the first inning, doubled in the third, and hit a solo homer in the fifth to set the stage for his two-out triple in the ninth.

The cycle was the third in team history and first since Eric Duncan accomplished the feat on Aug. 28, 2011.

Third baseman Delvin Perez, Class AAA Memphis: Perez provided the Redbirds with a pair of runs as he went two-for-four in the home win against Indianapolis. Perez opened up the scoring with a two-run single with two outs in the fourth inning. The multi-hit game comes as Perez finds more consistency at the Class AAA level.

In 25 games since making his Redbirds debut on June 22, Perez owns a .275/.324/.478 slash line. Perez, 23, had batted .222 and posted a .675 OPS in 50 games with Class AA Springfield, where he started the season.

Catcher Julio E. Rodriguez, Class AA Springfield: Rodriguez provided an early spark for Springfield when he belted a three-run homer in the first inning against Amarillo, marking his third homer in his last seven games. He added to Springfield’s offense by singling home a run in the third inning to make it a 5-0 S-Cards’ lead. The multi-hit game continued the production Rodriguez found in July. Rodriguez batted .333 over 42 at-bats in July and is six-for-14 (.429) in four games to begin August.

Third baseman Michael Curialle, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Playing in his seventh game of minor-league baseball since being drafted in the 12th round by the Cardinals, Curialle went two-for-four with a double and two RBIs in Palm Beach’s 6-4 win over Bradenton. Curialle is seven-for-19 (.368) with a .903 OPS since making his pro debut at the end of July. He has started at third base in five of the six games he’s played in.

Outfielder Todd Lott, Class High-A Peoria: The torrid start to August that Lott is on continued with his three-for-five, three RBI performance against the Loons. Lott’s three singles matched his season-high for hits in a game this year. His three RBIs set a season-high for the 24-year-old. After he slashed .280/.350/.516 over 93 at-bats a month ago, Lott is slashing .464/.500/.571 with nine RBIs in 28 at-bats to begin August.

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Parsons, Class AAA Memphis: Parsons delivered possibly his best start of the season against Indianapolis. Parsons pitched six scoreless innings and limited hitters to just two hits and one walk. The only two hits Parsons allowed were singles in the sixth inning. The quality start lowered his ERA to 4.84. It was also his first quality start of the season. In eight games as a starter, Parsons is 1-3 with a 5.49 ERA across 39 1/3 innings.

Right-handed pitcher Nick Trogrlic-Iverson, Class High-A Peoria: To follow up on the three inning scoreless relief appearance he delivered in his last outing, Trogrlic-Iverson threw three scoreless frames and didn’t allow a hit against the Loons on Tuesday. The lights out performance completed a three inning save for the 24-year-old. With the save, Trogrlic-Iverson is three-for-five in save opportunities in 2022. The righty has completed three or more innings of relief in four of his last five outings.

Right-handed pitcher Benjamin Arias, Florida Complex League: Over three seasons in minors, Arias hadn’t completed more than five innings in 21 career starts. But on Tuesday, the 20-year-old set a new high when he threw seven innings of one-run ball against the FCL Marlins. Arias limited the FCL Marlins to four hits and a walk in a 3-1 win. The solid start lowered the 20-year-old’s ERA to 2.08.

Misses

Third baseman Jacob Buchberger, Class High-A Peoria: Although he made a run-saving play at the third base, Buchberger went zero-for-five with three strikeouts against Great Lakes. His struggles also came with opportunities to drive in runs. In the third inning, the Davenport University product struck out with runners on first and third to end the inning. Then, with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning, the 24-year-old went down swinging.

The hitless game highlights the struggles the 24-year-old has faced to begin August. Buchberger, who batted .310 in 71 at-bats in July, is batting .065 with a .147 on-base percentage and .161 slugging percentage over his last 31 at-bats.

Outfielder Tre Fletcher, Florida Complex League: After he went zero-for-three with a strikeout and a walk, Fletcher’s average lowered to .077 on the season. In 16 Florida Complex League games, Fletcher has a .259 OPS. Fletcher, the Cardinals second-round pick in 2019, has struck out 40 times in 55 at-bats.

Right-handed pitcher Samuel Fabian, Dominican Summer League: Fabian was charged with four runs and didn’t record an out in his relief appearance against the DSL Mets. Fabian gave up two walks and two singles leading to a mound visit and his removal from the game. With the shaky outing, the 19-year-old’s ERA jumped to 6.89 over 15 2/3 innings.  

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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