Weekend Cardinals Minor League News

At least eight players are on the move while five from Quad Cities are named Midwest League All-Stars, plus their coaches, too.

Here is a quick summary of this weekend's St. Louis Cardinals minor league transactions. More information follows.

Moving up to Memphis from Springfield
IF Jose Garcia

Moving up to Springfield from Palm Beach
RHR Jorge Rondon
IF Domnit Bolivar
C Travis Tartamella

Moving up to Palm Beach from Quad Cities
IF Greg Garcia

Moving up to Quad Cities from extended spring training
IF Joey Bergman

Moving down to Palm Beach from Springfield
OF Alan Ahmady
RHP Jesse Simpson

Jose Garcia, 23, is a native of Venezuela first signed by the Cardinals in 2006. The right-handed hitting second baseman led the system with 25 stolen bases in 2010, when he split time between Palm Beach and Springfield. In six seasons, his career line is .251/.317/.324.

Rondon, 22, also calls Venezuela home. The right-handed reliever was signed in 2006 and spent all of last season and part of 2009 with Quad Cities. This season with Palm Beach, was up and down. He fanned 27 in 26 2/3 innings but also walked 13. He won one game and saved six, but took five losses. Rondon allowed just one home run but opposing hitters averaged .302 against him and his ERA was 4.05.

Bolivar, 22, hails from… you guessed it… Venezuela. The middle infielder first signed with St. Louis in July 2005 and first joined Palm Beach on May 1, 2009 where he had remained since. His career line is .229/.274/.345.

Tartamella, 23, joined the organization in the 19th round of the 2009 draft. He spent most of 2010 with Johnson City before joining Palm Beach to start this season. The right-handed hitter's career line is .222/.287/.331.

Earlier, I posted a hot news item on Bergman's promotion.

Ahmady, 23, was promoted to Springfield four weeks ago, on May 6. At the time, he was batting .341 in the tough-for-hitters Florida State League. The right-handed hitter did not take to the Texas League, however, batting just .117 (7-for-60) with just one extra-base hit.

After six games with Palm Beach in April, Simpson, 24, was promoted to Springfield. The right-hander yielded 14 runs in 22 2/3 Texas League innings for a 5.56 ERA. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was 17:7.

Five Quad Cities Midwest League All-Stars

On Friday, five members of the Quad Cities River Bandits were named Midwest League All-Stars. They are starting catcher Cody Stanley, reserve infielder Greg Garcia along with pitchers Anthony Ferrara, Justin Wright and Trevor Rosenthal.

Through Friday, Stanley has a .276/.339/.421 line with three home runs and 18 RBI in 152 at-bats in 43 games for the Bandits. The 22-year-old, taken in the fourth round last June, was an Appalachian League All-Star in 2010.

As noted above, Greg Garcia won't be playing in the game, as he was promoted to Palm Beach on Saturday. The 21-year-old ends his Midwest League stint with a line of .273/.360/.353 in 150 at-bats over 46 contests.

Ferrara, a 21-year-old left-hander has a 4-2 record with a 3.19 ERA this season, his first in the Midwest League. He has 33 strikeouts in 48 innings, but also 22 walks. Ferrara was the Cardinals' seventh-round selection in the 2008 draft.

Wright, 21, was the Cards' 47th-round pick last June. The 5-foot-9 left-hander has an incredible 44:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in just 28 Midwest League innings. Wright has held opponents to a collective .131 average and his ERA is only 1.29.

Rosenthal, who just turned 21 earlier this week, has a 53:15 K-to-BB ratio in 45 innings for the Bandits this season. In nine starts, the right-hander has a 3-5 record with a 3.80 ERA.

Managers from each team nominated their players to be placed on All-Star ballots. Those players were then voted on by league managers in their respective divisions to determine starters and reserves for each team.

In addition to the players, the Quad Cities coaching staff will be leading the Western Division team – manager Johnny Rodriguez, pitching coach Tim Leveque, hitting coach Joe Kruzel and trainer Eric Bauer.

The 2011 MWL All-Star Game is scheduled June 21 at Quad Cities' Modern Woodmen Park.

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Look for his weekly minor league column on Thursdays at FOXSportsMidwest.com. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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