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Minor-league report: Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn combine for six hits, six RBIs

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SpringfieldÕs Masyn Winn makes contact with the ball during a baseball game on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. Paul Halfacre, St. Louis Post Dispatch

The bats stayed hot for the Class AA Springfield on Wednesday against Amarillo as the S-Cards set club records in runs and homers in a game en route to a 21-4 win against the Sod Poodles.

Springfield’s explosive offense included three-RBI games by top prospects Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn, multi-hit games throughout the lineup, and an historic four-homer, 11-RBI game from Chandler Redmond.

After a night of strong offense by Springfield hitters, here are some of the notable performances from around the Cardinals minor-leagues:

Hits

Right fielder Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: Walker singled home a run in the first inning to open up the scoring for a game that Springfield set a single-game club record in runs with 21. The 20-year-old’s contributions to the outburst continued in the seventh when he hit one of Springfield’s eight homers, which was also a single-game club record.

Walker finished the ballgame three-for-six and scored three runs. The multi-hit game raised Walker’s average to .305 and OPS to .900. His three RBIs in the win gave him 49 on the season, surpassing the 48 he drove in over 82 games during the 2021 season. To begin August, Walker is batting .310 and has an .848 OPS across 29 at-bats.

Shortstop Masyn Winn, Class AA Springfield: Batting second in Springfield’s order, Winn went three-for-six with a homer, two doubles, and three RBIs. Winn doubled home a run in the top of the second and clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

The three-hit game makes Winn 32-for-100 (.320) in his last 22 games. During that stretch, Winn has doubled eight times, homered five times and driven in 18 runs. The 20-year-old is slugging .576 over his last 33 at-bats.

Right-handed pitcher Tink Hence, Class Low-A Palm Beach: In a much lower scoring affair against Bradenton, Hence flashed some of the excellence on the mound that has helped him maintain an ERA below 1.20 over 38 innings in Class Low-A. Hence kept Bradenton to one run on three hits and struck out five batters in three innings of work during his start.

Hence did not walk a batter as he threw 33 of his 53 pitches for strikes. Hence’s sinker topped out at 97.4 mph in the start. The one-run outing makes it the six consecutive start where the 19-year-old hasn’t allowed more than one run. It is during that stretch that Hence has walked three batters and struck out 35. On the year, Hence owns a 6.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

First baseman Chandler Redmond, Class AA Springfield: Redmond had the greatest impact in Springfield’s win in what became a record-setting performance by the 25-year-old. Redmond became the second minor-league player in history to hit for the home run cycle.

\With a solo homer, two-run shot, three-run blast, and a grand slam, Redmond joined former Cardinals minor-leaguer Tyrone Horne as the only two pro-ballplayers to accomplish a home run cycle.

On top of that, Redmond set Springfield single-game records with four homers and 11 RBIs in the win. The previous franchise highs were three homers and seven RBIs.

Outfielder Mike Antico, Class AA Springfield: Although Antico just went one-for-four in Springfield’s win, he stole his 55th base of the season. Antico entered the day sixth among all minor-leaguers in stolen bases. The swiped bag gave the speedy outfielder 18 successful steals in 22 attempts since he debuted for Springfield on July 1. Overall in 2022, Antico is 55-for-61 on stolen base tries.

Outfielder Matt Koperniak, Class AA Springfield: Fresh off hitting for the cycle, Koperniak went three-for-three with a homer, two RBIs, and two walks. The homer, Koperniak’s 10th of the season, came as a solo shot in the seventh that contributed to a five-run inning. Koperniack is 10-for-16 with seven RBIs in his last four games. The three-hit game raised his slash line to .282/.361/.419 across 82 games with Springfield.

Catcher Leonardo Bernal, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Bernal paced the PB-Cards in hits as he went three-for-four with two singles, a double and an RBI against Bradenton. The double by Bernal came in the fifth inning and tied up the ballgame at one apiece. Since making his debut with Class Low-A, the 18-year-old is batting .255 with a .688 OPS over 106 at-bats.

Right-handed pitcher Wilfredo Pereira, Class High-A Peoria: The bounce back start that Pereira was looking for came to fruition on Wednesday in the form of 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Loons. Pereira came into his start vs. Great Lakes after he gave up seven earned runs over three innings on the road against Dayton his last time out. The only run Pereira allowed to Great Lakes was a third inning RBI single. The start lowered the 23-year-old’s ERA to 4.28.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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