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Series Preview: Memphis Redbirds vs. Indianapolis Indians, April 2-7

Indianapolis Indians

April 1, 2024 – International League (IL)
Indianapolis Indians News Release

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians begin their first homestand of the 2024 season on Tuesday, April 2, against the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The six-game set continues through Sunday, April 7, and is the lone head-to-head series between the Indians and Redbirds in 2024. Below is a preview of both teams, notable promotions and more.

Memphis Redbirds (2-1, -0.5 GB, T-2nd)

2023: 71-78, 11th

International League Championships: N/A

Manager: Ben Johnson, 5th season (276-294, .484)

Top Prospects by MLB Pipeline: INF Thomas Saggese (No. 4), RHP Gordon Graceffo (8), RHP Sem Robberse (12), RHP Michael McGreevy (14), C Pedro Pagés (15), RHP Adam Kloffenstein (16), INF César Prieto (18)

Featuring a roster with seven of the Cardinals’ top 30 prospects, the Redbirds won two of three games against the Charlotte Knights, Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, on Opening Weekend at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tenn. They overcame a 4-1 deficit on Friday with a five-run sixth inning en route to a 6-5 win and followed that with a resounding 10-3 victory on Saturday. José Fermín, who had two doubles and two RBI in the opener, launched a solo home run and three-run shot as part of a five-homer burst by the Redbirds in the second affair. Fermín tacked on his International League-leading seventh RBI on Sunday, but Memphis dropped the finale, 6-2, as former Indian Chad Kuhl posted 3.0 scoreless innings for the Knights.

Fermín also ranks among league leaders in homers (T-1st, 2), slugging percentage (T-1st, 1.091), extra-base hits (T-1st, 4), total bases (T-2nd, 12) and OPS (6th, 1.508). Luken Baker, whose 33 home runs in 2023 tied with Worcester’s Bobby Dalbec for the IL lead, popped his first long ball of 2024 over the weekend. Prieto leads the team with a .429 batting average (3-for-7).

Memphis paces all Triple-A teams with seven home runs. The club also has the fourth-fewest strikeouts in the IL with 22 but ranks 13th in the league with a .213 batting average (20-for-94).

Lars Nootbaar and Sonny Gray are expected to join the Redbirds on major league rehab assignments for the series. Gray, a three-time All-Star with Oakland (2014), Cincinnati (2019) and Minnesota (2023), was the 2023 American League Cy Young runner-up to former Indian Gerrit Cole and is in his first season as a member of the Cardinals organization.

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