The Bisons earned their first win of the 2012 spring season by beating the Cardinals' minor leaguers 3-1. Sean Ratliff, who suffered a career-threatening eye injury last year, was 2-3 with an RBI single. When I saw Ratliff early in spring training, I didn't even recognized him. He used to be one of the most cut players, but, unsurprisingly, in a year away from the game, with limited work outs, he put on a bunch of weight. I don't know where Ratliff, who is now 25, fits in the system at this point. In the second half of 2010, he hit .317/.371/.562 in 73 games for AA Binghamton. The guys fighting for playing time in the Bisons' outfield include Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jordany Valdespin, Juan Lagares and likely Adam Loewen.
LHP Mark Cohoon held the almost-Cardinals to one unearned run in five innings.
Cesar Puello, who will turn 21 in three days, had a big day, going 3-4 with a double, a homer and two stolen bases. After a big second half in St. Lucie in 2011 when he hit .284/.336/.453 with six homer, is Puello making a legitimate run at a double-A assignment to being 2012?
Darrell Ceciliani doubled twice. He's almost certainly ticketed for advanced-A St. Lucie, which is one reason not to read too much into which group players are presently assigned.
Darin Gorski: 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 5 K
Brad Holt: 1 IP, 3 K