Minors report: Gorecki impresses

Minors report: Gorecki impresses

Reid Gorecki was removed from the Cardinals 40-man roster over the winter. That doesn't mean his tenure with the organization is over, nor does it mean he's going to give up.

Gorecki, who came to big-league Spring Training the past two years, is toiling in Minor League camp this spring. He's toiling successfully, though, and catching some eyes.

He's hitting exceptionally well this spring with Triple-A Memphis. And, while normally spring stats don't matter much, Memphis has a crush of outfield possibilities this season. So every impression helps, when some of the candidates will, by necessity, head down to Double-A Springfield.

On Friday, Gorecki got a one-day call to join the Major League team on its road trip to Port St. Lucie. He committed a costly error in the game, but it was still a sign that this spring is going well.

"[Memphis manager Chris] Maloney has definitely complimented him," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

On the move: Right-hander Trey Hearne, one of the better stories in Cardinals camp, is getting a look at Double-A this spring. Hearne was a 28th-round pick out of unheralded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and he's done nothing but get hitters out since joining the organization. Fresh off a good year at low Class A Quad Cities, he's toiling for Springfield.

Names in the game The Cardinals of course have one of the best-known pitching coaches in the Majors, but they also have something of an institution serving as their Triple-A pitching coach. Dyar Miller is in his sixth year in that capacity, and he's helped develop a number of Cardinals pitchers -- including Adam Wainwright, Anthony Reyes and Tyler Johnson, just to name a few.

They're No. 1: Chris Lambert, the Cards' No. 1 selection in 2004, picked up the win for Triple-A Memphis on Friday. Lambert allowed a run over four innings, an encouraging performance for a player who could really use a big year.

Class of '06: Righty Chris Perez, a sandwich pick in 2006, could be on the fast track. Perez has a true power arm, a rarity in the system. He spent his pro debut at Quad Cities, but is working with Double-A Springfield for the time being. Closers from big-time college programs often move quickly, and Perez starred at the University of Miami, so keep an eye on him.

Stat machine: Eli Marrero is probably headed for the Minors, but he's come up with some key hits in Major League camp. Marrero has seven base hits this spring -- but eight RBIs.

What they're saying: "I think both of them have thrown the ball well enough, shown us enough that we're going to continue to try to get them in games. They're going to have to eliminate themselves." -- Pitching coach Dave Duncan, on Kelvin Jimenez and Dennis Dove

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.