I wonder why the Cardinals let Tyler Greene rot on the bench for so long while former major leaguer Eugenio Velez has put on a pretty good show in Class AAA Memphis.
Velez, who is hitting .278 with 29 doubles and 53 RBIs playing mostly second base for the Cardinals' top farm team. But what really stands out is the fact that he's stolen 30 bases in 37 tries. Velez is hitting .324 in his last 10 games with two 3-for-4 games in that span.
If Velez doesn't get the call up when rosters expand, this will mark the first time since 2007 that he didn't spend at least part of the season in The Show.
Memphis centerfielder Adron Chambers continues to make a case for another chance in the big leagues. He's batting .311 with a .384 on base percentage in Class AAA with 12 doubles, two doubles and two triples in 87 games. Chambers' biggest problem is that he's a lefty batter in a system with a starting major league centerfielder in Jon Jay and an established lefty back-up outfielder in Skip Schumaker.
Top pitching prospect Shelby Miller continues to try to turn around a disappointing season in Memphis.
In his last 10 starts he's 4-4 with a 4.62 ERA and 46 hits allowed in 50 2/3 innings for a .236 batting average against. But his last three starts have been much more consistently good. He's 3-0 in that stretch with 26 strikeouts and now walks over his last 19 2/3 innings.
Trever Rosenthal is 0-0 with a 6.30 ERA in two starts since being sent to Class AAA Memphis. He's started two games for the Redbirds since being demoted from the major league club.
He's pitched five innings in each of his appearances, giving up three hits and one run while striking out eight and walking one in the first outing. The second start wasn't as good. Rosenthal surrendered six earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks. He struck out five.
In his defense, Rosenthal didn't get a lot of use from the major league bullpen after being promoted from Class AA Springfield. His job in Memphis to to resume preparation to eventually become a major league starter.
Slugging first baseman Matt Adams is hitting .238 over his last 10 games with two homers and three runs batted in. He's struck out 11 times in that stretch with two walks. His batting average has dipped to .329.