Wyatt D. Wheeler Springfield News-Leader
Published 7:28 PM EDT Apr 10, 2019
The Springfield Cardinals open up play at Hammons Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. to begin a three-game series with Northwest Arkansas.
Future St. Louis Cardinals will be on display with multiple Top 30 prospects on the opening day roster.
Here are some of the best prospects to look out for when the Cardinals take the field Thursday night:
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Seth Elledge, right-handed pitcher
The No. 28 prospect in the Cardinals’ farm system was a fourth rounder in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He was acquired in a trade at the 2018 deadline in exchange for Sam Tuivailala.
MLB.com writes he has a quick arm that consistently produces 93-95 mph fastballs with a heavy sink. The website projects him coming out of the bullpen as a seventh or eighth inning pitcher.
Elledge could be a familiar name to diehard baseball fans in Springfield. The Dallas Baptist product was a First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference pitcher and pitched 2.1 innings in an MVC Tournament championship win over Missouri State in 2016.
Connor Jones, right-handed pitcher
The No. 16 prospect in the Cardinals organization was drafted in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
MLB.com says he has a chance at being a back-end starter or could end up being a good pitcher out of the bullpen.
In 17 starts a season ago in Springfield, Jones went 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA. He also spent time at Triple-A Memphis.
Elehuris Montero, third base
The No. 3 Cardinals prospect was signed by the organization in August 2014.
Starting the season at Double-A is the highest level Montero has reached in his career.
He spent the 2018 season at Single-A and batted .315 with 16 homers, 37 doubles and a trio of triples.
Conner Capel, outfielder
The No. 17 prospect in the Cardinals organization was a fifth-round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2016. He was traded to St. Louis before the 2018 deadline along with John Torres for Oscar Mercado.
Double-A ball is the highest level Capel has reached in his career. He spent the 2018 season at Single-A (Advanced) with both the Cleveland and St. Louis organizations.
Capel batted a combined .257 between the two organizations while hitting seven home runs and driving in 63 RBI. He struck out in 102 of 439 at-bats.
MLB.com writes he has above-average speed and strong instincts that could help him be a regular in the outfield.
Dylan Carlson, outfielder
The No. 6 player in the Cardinals farm system was drafted by St. Louis in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
This is his first season at Double-A after batting .246 with 11 homers and 62 RBI between the two Single-A levels a season ago.
MLB.com wrote that with Carlson’s baseball IQ, his feel for the strike zone and his untapped potential at the plate, he’s on his way to being an everyday big leaguer.
Opening Day Springfield Cardinals roster
- Harold Arauz
- Jesus Cruz
- Seth Elledge
- John Fasola
- Connor Jones
- Evan Kruczynski
- Will Latcham
- Casey Meisner
- Jacob Patterson
- Williams Perez
- Roel Ramirez
- Anthony Shew
- Austin Warner
- Chris Chinea
- Irving Lopez
- Elehuris Montero
- Kramer Robertson
- Alberto Triunfel
- Stefan Trosclair
- Shane Billings
- Conner Capel
- Dylan Carlson
- Scott Hurst
Opening night at Hammons Field
Northwest Arkansas @ SpringfieldWhen: Thursday; 7:10 p.m.Listen: Jock 98.7Promotion: Magnet schedule giveawayTickets: Box office, MiLB.com/Springfield, 417-863-2143