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Nielsen Tops Reyes and Kaminsky at Palm Beach

One of my colleagues was rightfully excited about Rob Kaminsky’s two hits allowed over seven scoreless innings on Tuesday night for Class A-Advanced Palm Beach and feels a promotion to Double-A is due. After all, the outing lowered the lefty’s season ERA to 2.14.

Well, believe it or not, Kaminsky’s ERA is just the third best in the Beach Birds’ rotation.

If 2.14 ERA is good enough for a promo, then what about Alex Reyes at 2.08? Considered a better prospect than Kaminsky, Reyes was named to the MLB Futures Game the same day the organization announced he was being placed on the disabled list with right shoulder soreness that is supposedly minor.

Then again, both of them should take a back seat to teammate Trey Nielsen (pictured), who has a 1.85 ERA this season in 13 starts from the same rotation. Since mid-May, Nielsen has been about unstoppable. In his last seven starts, the right-hander has three scoreless outings and he allowed just one earned run in each of the other four, while averaging between six and seven innings pitched.

2015 ERA Wins Losses Starts IP/start K/9 innings BB/9 innings Opp BA GO/AO
Nielsen 1.85 8 4 13 6.0 6.4 2.7 0.221 1.9
Reyes 2.08 2 5 12 5.0 13.4 4.5 0.217 1.2
Kaminsky 2.14 6 4 14 5 2/3 7.9 2.7 0.237 2.2

Looking at these numbers, a case could be made for any of the three, which is my point. Reyes and Kaminsky are top 100 prospects in all of baseball and are among the top three or four players in the Cardinals system. As a former 30th round draft pick, Nielsen remains almost anonymous.

Despite all this quality pitching, the punchless Florida State League Cardinals have just a 36-40 record. But that is a story for another day.

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