Low A Jon Jay

Jon Jay

Photo credit: Paul Gierhart/MiLB.com

One of my favorite Cardinals from recent years is Jon Jay. He played 60 games for the Swing of the Quad Cities in 2006 after getting drafted in the 4th round that year. He ended up with great stats, hitting .342 with a .416 OBP, and an OPS of .877. He played in 3 different games that I attended.

I saw him first on July 27. He played left field, while his teammate Shane Robinson played center field. Jay went 0 for 3 with a walk that day, batting 3rd. Robinson went 0 for 3 with a run and a stolen base. The Swing lost that day 4-2 to the West Michigan Whitecaps. Pretty uneventful game.

Jon Jay

Photo credit: Paul Gierhart/MiLB.com

It’s too bad I had not been at the game a couple days earlier. The Swing crushed the SW Michigan Devil Rays 13-1, and 11 of the runs were scored in 1 inning. Jay went 5 for 6 with 2 RBI and 3 runs in that game. You can read the game recap here and check out the box score here.

On August 31 the Swing played the Kane County Cougars. Jay went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 walks. Teammate Jason Motte took the loss in this game, going 1 2/3 innings 4 runs, 3 earned.

September 6 was the last game that I saw that featured Jay. He went 2 for 4 with two singles and a stolen base. Shane Robinson was back in center. He led off and went 1 for 3. The Swing lost again, this time 2-0.

Here is another article that mentions Jay, written in the offseason after the 2006 season. It talks about how much of the Cardinals’ talent was homegrown, coming off the 2006 World Series win. Little did they know…

Jon Jay

Photo Credit: Quad City Times


Colby Rasmus

The 2006 Midwest League All Star Game

I’m highlighting¬†Colby Rasmus¬†in this post because I have the best pictures of him. However, 8 future MLB players did appear in this game.
Colby played 78 games for the Swing of the Quad Cities in 2006. He hit 11 HR and 22 doubles in 341 plate apperances and had a .884 OPS. Pretty impressive numbers for a 19 year old! He’s been a productive MLB player, playing in over 800 games so far and with a career OPS over .750. He was National League Player of the Week for the week of June 6, 2010 and he hit a career best 23 HR for the Blue Jays in 2012.
Roth being interviewed after winning HR Derby

Roth being interviewed after winning HR Derby

The Swing hosted this All-Star game in 2006, and Colby represented the home team in it along with Jaime Garcia, another future Cardinals player, and a couple other players. Colby also hit in the Home Run Derby the day Randy Roth, won the home run derby. Other future MLB players who played in this game were
before the game. However, another Swing player,
Jay Bruce
Will Venable
Adam Moore
Wade Davis
Johnny Cueto
Justin Upton
Nick Adenhart

Yes, that is the same Nick Adenhart that played 4 games for the Angels and tragically died in a car accident in 2009. He was the starting pitcher in this game for the West, and he went 1 inning and allowed 1 run. Jaime Garcia took the loss in this game, giving up 3 runs in the inning he pitched.

Jay Bruce

Photo from Quad City Times

The East won the game over the West by a score of 7-1. Colby went 2 for 4, and Roth went 1 for 2. Here is a recap of the game from the Quad City Times. You can see Jay Bruce homered, and Justin Upton had a good game:

Quad City Times: Midwest League All-Star Game Scoreboard

EAST FIRST: Justin Upton (South Bend) doubled, took third on a groundout by Jay Bruce (Dayton), scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Jeff Baisley (Kane County). Cory Patton (Lansing) struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left. East 1-0.
WEST FIRST: Tarrence Patterson (Beloit) singled, was caught stealing. Paul Kelly (Beloit) struck out. Colby Rasmus (Quad-Cities) doubled, scored when Randy Roth (Quad-Cities) doubled to left. Ryan Norwood (Peoria) grounded out. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left. Tied 1-1.
EAST THIRD: Upton struck out. Bruce singled, stole second. Baisley struck out. Patton singled, scoring Bruce. Anthony Recker (Kane County) reached on an infield single, advancing Patton. Kyle Blanks (Fort Wayne) singled to left, scoring Patton, advancing Recker. Daryl Jones (Fort Wayne) singled to left, scoring Recker, advancing Jones. Michael Hollimon (W. Michigan) struck out. 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 left. East 4-1.
EAST SEVENTH: Bruce doubled. Eric Eymann (Dayton) walked. Bruce stole third. Will Venable (Fort Wayne) struck out. Eymann stole second. Bruce scored on a sacrifice fly by Craig Tatum (Dayton). Eymann was thrown out attempting to take third. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left. East 5-1.
EAST NINTH: Upton walked, stole second, scored when Bruce homered to right. Eymann popped out. Venable struck out. Tatum flew out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left. East 7-1.

Box Score of the game on MiLB.com

Some additional pictures:

2006 Midwest League All Star Game

Players signing autographs before the game

Colby Rasmus 2006 Midwest League All Star Game

Colby Rasmus batting in the Home Run Derby

Ronald Garth, Adam Moore, Jeff Dominguez, Casey Craig, and Edgar Guaramato

Not sure on the order, but the Rattlers were represented by Ronald Garth, Adam Moore, Jeff Dominguez, Casey Craig, and Edgar Guaramato

Johnny Cueto Dayton Dragons

April 20, 2006 – Dayton Dragons @ Swing of the Quad Cities

The Dragons won this early season game 8-4. Three future MLB players appeared in this one:

Johnny Cueto Dayton Dragons

Photo from MiLB.com

Johnny Cueto
Jay Bruce
Colby Rasmus

The game was tied 2-2 until the 6th inning, when the Dragons rallied for 6 runs. The Swing scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th but that was it. As is normally the case, these future MLB players usually have a good game when I see them. Johnny Cueto threw 5 innings and gave up 2 ER. He struck out 7, walked 2 and allowed a home run to Colby Rasmus. Colby had 1 other hit besides the home run, and was 2 for 5. This was Rasmus’ first HR on the season. Meanwhile, Jay Bruce homered for the Dragons. He had a big game going 2 for 4 with 4RBI and 2R.

Jay Bruce Dayton Dragons

Photo from Bus Leagues Baseball

Cueto went 8-1 for the Dragons in 2006 at age 20. He had a 2.59 ERA and .878 WHIP. He threw 76.1 innings before moving up to the Sarasota Reds. Cueto also threw a rain-shortened no-hitter that year, and had a 19 inning scoreless streak. Wish I could have seen the no-hitter because I still haven’t seen one.

Bruce played in 117 games for the Dragons at age 19. He hit 16HR and had a .871 OPS. He also had 81RBI and 69R, which are pretty big numbers for 117 games. Here is a nice bio from back in the day and also where I got the picture from.

I’ll be talking more about Rasmus in other posts becuase as a home team player, I saw him play a ton. He probably deserves his own separate post. I also have some pictures of my own to share.