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Down on the Farm: July 23, 2012

Here's a look at what some of the Cardinals organization's top prospects are doing in the high minor leagues:

Class AA Springfield:

Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Tavares continues to punish the baseball in Class AA Springfield where he's batting .325 with 18 homers and 71 RBis. In his last 10 games, Tavares has only notched one home run. But he's batting .333 (13-for-39) with two doubles and eight runs batted in.

Teammate Kolten Wong is still hitting .293 for the season. But he's slumped a bit after playing in the Texas League All-Star Game. He's batting .214 in his last 10 games with three of his nine hits coming in the form of doubles. A lefty hitter, Wong is hitting .302 with four homers against righty pitchers and he's holding his own with a .272 average and three long balls.

Class AAA Memphis:

Since his return from a stint on the disabled list thanks to elbow troubles, power hitting first baseman Matt Adams is hitting a ridiculous .429 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs in those six games. For the season, Adams has a .361 batting average with 15 home runs. He's got a .390 on base percentage and a .686 slugging percentage.

Outfielder Adron Chambers is on fire. He's batting .329 with 11 doubles, two triples and two homers for Memphis. He's been especially hot lately with a .442 mark over his last 10 contests. He's scored nine runs and has driven in 12 over that span.

Shelby Miller, the top prospect in the Cardinals chain, has had a disappointing season with a 5-8 record and a 5.40 ERA. He's allowed 95 hits in 88 1/3 innings and has allowed an eye-popping 17 homers. But there is some better news of late. He's been great his last two outings with five hits allowed in 11 inning on the bump. In those two games he's unscored upon and he's struck out seven. The Redbirds have been force feeding Miller on using other pitches besides his fastball, which has come predictable as his other pitches have withered on the vine. By imposing a no shake rule which forbids Miller from rejecting pitches suggested by the catcher, the organization hopes to make Miller a more complete hurler.

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