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Minor-league report: Winn homers, drive in two runs; McGreevy throws six scoreless innings

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Springfield’s 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

On Wednesday, bounce back moments at the plate and on the mound showed some signs of growth for a pair of Cardinals prospects currently at Class AA Springfield.

These are some of the notable performances from around the Cardinals minor-leagues:


Shortstop Masyn Winn, Class AA Springfield: Winn entered Wednesday amid a stretch where he went seven-for-41. But against the Travelers, he homered in the first inning and delivered his second RBI of the ballgame with a single in the second inning of Springfield’s 9-5 win over Arkansas. The multi-hit performances was Winn’s second in his last 11 games, while his homer marked his first extra-base hit since he homered on June 25 against Northwest Arkansas.

Winn, who hit .245 over 98 at-bats in June, is slashing .250/.327/.438 through 36 games since he was called up to Springfield. Combined with his 33 games played in Class High-A Peoria, Winn is hitting .297 and has an .861 OPS with seven homers and 35 RBIs this season.

Right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy, Class AA Springfield: Coming off a start where he gave up four runs, McGreevy bounced back with six scoreless innings against the Travelers. McGreevy allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five batters. The only form of trouble the former first rounder faced came in the sixth inning when he allowed back-to-back singles with two outs in the frame. That scoring threat was thwarted after McGreevy induced an inning-ending ground out on his 99th pitch of his start.

The quality start was McGreevy’s fourth such performance across his eight outings since debuting with the S-Cards. Although he has posted a 3.68 ERA over 44 innings in Class AA, McGreevy’s season ERA sits at 3.12 over 89 1/3 total innings.

Right-handed pitcher Tink Hence, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Although Hence allowed three hits and walked a batter in 2 2/3 innings, the righty kept Jupiter hitters scoreless. Hence struck out four hitters — all of which were swinging strikeouts — on 49 pitches (35 strikes). Hence’s start came to an end after he allowed a two-out single in the third inning.

The 20-year-old's fastball reached up to 99 mph in the start. He allowed singles that had 105.5 mph and 102.4 mph exit velocities, per statcast. Since making his debut on May 19, Hence sports a 1.16 ERA and has notched 40 strikeouts over 23 1/3 innings.

Outfielder Patrick Romeri, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Romeri had one of his most productive games of the season in Palm Beach’s 6-4 win against Jupiter as he hit a two-run homer and doubled in the win. Romeri’s homer jumped off his bat at 105.3 mph. The homer was Romeri’s first of the season. He missed nearly a month after he was moved to the injured list on May 16. He was activated from the IL on June 14. The 21-year-old is batting .208 in 18 games with the PB-Cards and the Florida Complex League (FCL) Cardinals.

Outfielder Chase Pinder, Class AA Springfield: Pinder went two-for-four with a three-run homer and four RBIs in the S-Cards’ win over the Travelers. His three-run blast was his third homer in his last three games, and capped off a seven-run, second inning by Springfield that included RBI hits from Winn and Malcom Nunez. Since returning from the IL on July 1, Pinder is seven-for-17 with three homers and 12 RBIs.

Catcher Jesus Orecchia, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Orrechia, who played first base on Wednesday, set a season-high in hits after singled three times in four at-bats in the PB-Cards’ win over the Hammerheads. The three-hit game was the 21-year-old’s second multi-hit performances in his last three games. It boosted his average to .333 over his first 31 at-bats of the season. Orrechia came into season as a career .204 hitter in three seasons in the minors that included time in the Dominican Summer League and in the FCL.


Right-handed pitcher Michael Brettell, Class AA Springfield: With the S-Cards’ leading 9-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, Brettell allowed five runs on five hits and could not complete his inning of work. Brettell allowed two singles, a two-run double, hit a batter and allowed another to score on a wild pitch before he could record an out. After he recorded the inning’s first out with a strikeout on three pitches, Brettell gave up two singles — one of which was an RBI single — and allowed a run to score on a groundout. He was removed after 31 pitches (19 strikes).

Second baseman Francisco Hernandez, Class High-A Peoria: Francisco went zero-for-three in Peoria’s 8-1 loss and struck out three times, marking his seventh game this year with three or more strikeouts. Francisco batted .228 and struck out 26 times over 92 at-bats in June. Things have continued to trend downward for the 22-year-old as he is two-for-16 in his first five games to begin July.

Left-handed pitcher Nathanael Heredia, Class High-A Peoria: Heredia gave up four runs, four hits, walked two batters and hit another in two innings of work for the Chiefs. Heredia, who threw a season-high 3 1/3 innings and allowed just one run in his last appearance, gave up four runs to the Sky Carp in the seventh inning. Two of those four runs came across to score on an RBI single with one out in the frame. In 25 games this year, Heredia has a 3.28 ERA over 46 2/3 innings.

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