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Down on the Farm: Cardinals minor league report, June 10

It seems like half the Memphis roster is in St. Louis these days. But the Cardinals' Class AAA affiliate still has some players that are worthy of attention.

Mitchell Boggs, St. Louis set-up man turned closer turned bullpen exile, has been pitching out of the rotation in Memphis. He's got four starts under his belt and has an 0-2 record with a 2.45 ERA. He's allowed 12 hits in 14 2/3 innings and walked five while whiffing 14.

Boggs seems to still have a long way to build his stamina up as a starter. He's averaging less than four innings and outing. He hurled five two-hit innings in his most recent start June 7 against Oklahoma City.

Some thought that Boggs was in manager Tony La Russa's doghouse when he was used sparingly for a couple of weeks before being shipped out. But it seems that the Birds had been eyeballing him as a long reliever or spot starter as McClellan got shaky and then broke down prior to being put on the disabled list. The Birds are going to need a sixth starter because someone is going to be hurt at some point. And the club doesn't have a whole lot of starting pitching options.

Bullpenner Cory Rauschenberger has quietly put up some nice numbers in Memphis. He's 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA since being promoted from Class AA Springfield in early May. In 28 innings, the soon to be 27 year old righty has allowed only 23 hits. But he's not a big strikeout guy with 12 whiffs compared to 11 walks.

Catcher Bryan Anderson, passed over when Gerald Laird was injured by Tony Cruz who went to St. Louis as the backup backstop, has hit the skids since the snub. Anderson was splitting time in Memphis and since the move he has played almost every day. But over his last 10 contests Anderson is hitting .176 with no extra base hits and three runs batted in.

Speaking of Springfield, Cardinals 2010 first round draft pick Zack Cox is hitting .250 with one homer and five RBIs for the the Class AA S-Cards in the 13 games since his call up. He struck out 14 times and walked five since the call up. He hit .335 with three homers and 20 batted in while with Advanced Class A Palm Beach.

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