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On the farm, April 18

Cardinals outfield prospect Jon Jay is off to a red hot start for the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds.

He's hitting .362 with a pair of homers, five doubles and 12 runs scored. He's got a .412 on base percentage and a 1.008 on base plus slugging percentage.

I'm not sure why Jay, who was a really exciting college player at the University of Miami, doesn't get more attention. It seems like he isn't taking seriously as a prospect. But, at the very least, he seems like a Skip Schumaker type: A potential leadoff hitter who won't hit for a lot of power but who can be a table setter as a versatile outfielder.

Rightfielder Tyler Henley is also off to a good start with a .342 batting average and four doubles.

Pitching prospect Lance Lynn, who was surrounded by hype during spring training, isn't exactly tearing it up so far in Memphis.

In two starts, Lynn has pitched a total of 8 2/3 innings in which he has surrendered 10 hits and nine runs, eight of them earned. He's given up eight walks with only four strikeouts. He's 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA.

Evan MacLane's numbers are better with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA. But he's given up 15 hits in 12 innings and opponents are batting .306 against him. The good news is that he has struck out nine and walked only one.