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Minor-league report: Outfield prospect Alec Burleson adds to league-leading RBI total

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St. Louis Cardinals start day 4 of team workouts in Jupiter

Cardinals outfielder Alec Burleson waits during batting practice on the fourth day of team workouts on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the Cardinals/ spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla. 

Following a two-for-four game on Wednesday that included his 73rd RBI of the season, outfield prospect Alec Burleson’s first two games of August have included much of the same offensive consistency that has kept him atop the International League leaderboard in a number of categories.

Along with Burleson’s multi-hit game, these are some of the notable performances from around the Cardinals minor-leagues:

Hits

Outfielder Alec Burleson, Class AAA Memphis: Burleson’s two-hit game in Memphis’ 7-6 loss boosted his average to a league-high .337 and was his 37th multi-hit game of the year. Following Wednesday, the 23-year-old leads the International League in hits (116) and hits RBIs, (73) while also sitting in second for slugging percentage (.561), and third in OPS (.941). Burleson’s consistency over this season includes a stretch where he has slashed .347/.387/.534 with eight homers and 35 RBIs over his last 44 games.

Shortstop Masyn Winn, Class AA Springfield: The recent trend of power Winn found during his arrival to Class AA continued on Wednesday when he hit a solo homer in Springfield’s 5-4 loss to Corpus Christi. Winn’s homer was his ninth since making his Springfield debut on May 25. Winn, who hit five homers in 98 games in 2021, homered just once in 33 games with Class High-A Peoria this season. In 85 total games in 2022, Winn is batting .302/.365/.500 with a career-high 48 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

Right-handed pitcher Tink Hence, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Hence threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed three hits, no walks, and struck out six batters in his start during Palm Beach’s 7-4 win over Jupiter. Hence’s sinker touched 98.1 mph in the start and generated eight swings-and-misses, according to statcast. Hence also had 12 called strikes and had just six of his 60 pitches get put in play.

The scoreless start was Hence’s seventh such outing this season. The 19-year-old lowered his ERA to 1.03, while raising his K/9 to 15.17 over 35 innings.

First baseman Luken Baker, Class AAA Memphis: Baker connected on a three-run homer in the seventh inning of Memphis’ road loss to Jacksonville, marking his 18th of the season. Baker’s three RBIs were his most in a game since he drove in four at home against Iowa. The 25-year-old’s 18 homers tied him for the ninth-most on the International League leaderboard. In 87 games, Baker is batting .227 with a .279 on-base percentage, and a .424 slugging percentage with 51 RBIs.

Outfielder Todd Lott, Class High-A Peoria: For the third time in his last four games, Lott had a three-hit game. Lott singled three times and drove in a run during Peoria’s 14-5 loss to Dayton. The three-hit game extended Lott’s hitting streak to seven consecutive games. He is 21-for-56 over his last 13 games. Lott is batting .262 with an .804 OPS in 51 games with the Chiefs. The 24-year-old began the season with Class AA Springfield where he slashed .180/.284/.270 in 27 games with the S-Cards.

Catcher Nick Raposo, Class AA Springfield: Coming off a stretch where he batted .373 over 59 at-bats in July, Raposo began August with a two-for-four game that included a double and two RBIs against the Hooks. Raposo drove in a run with an RBI single in the fourth inning and doubled home a run in the sixth inning of the S-Cards’ loss to the Hooks. The multi-hit game by Raposo was his third consecutive multi-hit game and his sixth such performance across his last eight games. Since the end of June, Raposo’s average has gone from .211 to .300.

Left-handed pitcher Yordy Herrera, Dominican Summer League: Herrera struck out four batters and pitched two scoreless inning of relief in the DSL Cardinals’ 3-1 loss to the DSL Nationals. The scoreless relief outing was the third consecutive scoreless outing from the bullpen. Since giving up four runs in an inning of work during his season debut on June 30, Herrera has allowed one runs over his last 10 1/3 innings and has struck out 17 batters during that span. The 17-year-old is in his first season of professional baseball.

Misses

Right-handed pitcher Inohan Paniagua, Class High-A Peoria: Paniagua gave up a season-high nine runs (seven earned) over 4 1/3 innings during his start for the Chiefs. Paniagua surrendered two homers in the rough outing that included a three-run homer in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fifth. The outing marked the fourth time in 19 starts this season Paniagua did not make it past the fifth inning. Paniagua, who had a 2.18 ERA over 99 innings with Class Low-A Palm Beach, has a 6.75 ERA over his first 9 1/3 innings in Class High-A.

First baseman Chandler Redmond, Class AA Springfield: Redmond, who had found consistency at the plat over the last month, struck out four times in four at-bats during Springfield’s road loss. His quiet night at the plate was the fourth time Redmond struck out four times at the plate in a single-game this season. Redmond went down swinging three times against Corpus Christi, lowering his average to .234 in the process.

 Redmond entered Wednesday with a 31.1% strikeout rate this year, per FanGraphs. His four strikeouts against the Hooks gave him 88 in 70 games with Springfield.

Left-handed pitcher Diorys Guerrero, Class Low-A Palm Beach: In relief of Hence and lefty Chris Gerard, Guerrero gave up four runs in just 2/3 of an inning against the Hammerheads. After walking two batters, Guerrero surrendered a single, triple, and double all with two outs leading during the sixth inning against Jupiter. Guerrero’s ERA jumped to 5.23 over 20 2/3 innings following the outing. The 21-year-old has a 4.51 ERA over 30 career outings since he made his minor-league debut in 2019.

First baseman R.J. Yeager, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Yeager, who went undrafted in this year’s draft, went two-for-four with two RBIs in Palm Beach’s home win over Jupiter. In his first five games as a pro, the Mississippi State product is four-for-11 with a homer and four RBIs. During his final season with the Bulldogs, Yeager batted .317 with 56 RBIs in 50 games.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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