Spikes amp up roster for NY-Penn playoffs

The State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League is receiving all-star roster reinforcements with the playoffs just a few days away.

With the State College Spikes preparing to open the New York-Penn League playoffs later this week, the parent St. Louis Cardinals added a pair of reinforcements, up from Johnson City of the Appalachian League.

Shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls and outfielder Vaughn Bryan, both Appy League all-stars, have been promoted to State College. Also, the Spikes placed left-handed pitcher Ben O'Shea on the seven-day disabled list. The club is also planning another roster move, which will be added to this article when announced.

Peoples-Walls was the Topps Appalachian League Player of the Month for July. His batting average of .300 and OPS of .820 are both ninth in the circuit, while his SLG of .468 is seventh. He turned 20 years of age just two weeks ago.

The right-handed hitter tied for seventh in home runs with seven and his 35 RBI is tied for seventh-most. Peoples-Walls tied for second in the league with 41 runs scored and swiped nine bags in 12 attempts.

Bryan was selected in the 35th round of the draft this June. The 20-year-old outfielder from Broward College has been a most pleasant surprise.

The switch-hitting leadoff man led the Appy League with 45 runs scored. Bryan tied for fourth with five triples and tied for sixth with 13 stolen bases (in 21 attempts). His average is .280, OPS is .735 and he has a respectable 24 RBI.

O'Shea, 21, was returned to the Spikes from full-season Class-A Peoria on August 24. In one return start for State College, the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder was shelled for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. Overall this season between the two stops, O'Shea has a 5.74 ERA and a 39 to 18 strikeout to walk count in 58 innings.

The final transaction in this set is the placement of infielder Brett Wiley on the temporary inactive list. This move is retroactive to September 1.

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