Four Friday Changes in Springfield

Roster changes touch Palm Beach and Memphis, too, as Daryl Jones, Daniel Descalso, Shane Peterson and Colt Sedbrook are in the news and on the move.

As they head toward completion of the first week of the second half of the 2009 Texas League season, the Springfield Cardinals made four roster changes on Friday. As is almost always the case, such moves affect the higher and lower level clubs, too.



The news on the highest-profile player of the group is not encouraging. Top prospect and hopeful MLB Futures Game participant, outfielder Daryl Jones, was placed on the club's seven-day disabled list. The ailment is a pulled quad muscle, rather than the right knee tendinitis that he has been dealing with in recent weeks.


At this point, it is not known if the 22-year-old will be ready to go for the Futures Game in St. Louis on July 12. (Update: The Springfield News-Leader quotes the club's trainer as expecting Jones to miss the minimum time and should be able to compete in the Futures Game.)


For the season, the Cardinals organization's 2008 Minor League Player of the Year's line is .287/.372/.382 in 254 at-bats over 70 games for Springfield.



The Double-A club lost arguably their top offensive performer in 2009 as second baseman Daniel Descalso was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. This is likely in response to the move of second sacker Jarrett Hoffpauir up to St. Louis two days ago.


The 22-year-old was taken in the third round of the 2007 draft from UCal-Davis and posted an OPS of just .698 last season, mostly with Palm Beach. However in 2009, the left-handed hitter has broken out, with a most impressive line of  .323/.396/.531 for Springfield and his 51 RBIs are tops on the club.


Springfield's two roster reinforcements are both from the Palm Beach Cardinals of the A-Advanced Florida State League and were each selected by St. Louis in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.



Outfielder Shane Peterson, 21, was taken in the second round of last year's draft from Long Beach State. The left-handed hitter was a New York-Penn League All-Star and an FSL All-Star this season.


In 76 games and 285 at-bats in the pitcher-friendly FSL this season, Peterson's line is a solid .298/.367/.428. He delivered six home runs, 39 RBI and was 10-for-11 in stolen base attempts.



Like Peterson, middle infielder Colt Sedbrook makes the jump from Palm Beach to Springfield. The 23-year-old was also a 2008 NY-P All-Star and our Batavia Player of the Year last season after having been selected in the 22nd round from Arizona.


The right-handed hitter received his promotion in a down period, having hit just .133 over his last ten games. Sedbrook still is getting on base, having posted a season line of .223/.352/.299 through 67 games and 224 at-bats with Palm Beach.



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