Gulf Coast League Cardinals shift four

A draft reportee, a release, a promotion and a demotion affect the entry-level GCL Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals have made four roster moves with their entry-level US club, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. As is so often the case, an equal number of players are arriving and departing, including one who has been given his release.

Arriving
Right-handed pitcher Chris Perry from 2012 draft
Outfielder Anthony Bryant from Johnson City

Departing
Right-handed pitcher Cesar Aguilar to Johnson City
Right-handed pitcher Arturo Toribio released

Perry
Perry, from Methodist University in North Carolina, had been among the Cardinals' first wave of players announced as signed on June 9. However, St. Louis' deal with their 17th-round selection in this June's draft was not finalized until MLB had completed its approval process.

Bryant, 20, is going back to the GCL for a third summer after joining the Cardinals organization in the 16th round of the 2010 draft. With Johnson City, the right-handed hitter had four singles in 15 at-bats (.267) and drove in four runs. Bryant was 2-for-3 in stolen base attempts. Across his first two GCL campaigns, Bryant batted just .197 with 81 strikeouts in 203 at-bats. He stole 19 bases.

Like Bryant, Aguilar, 20, spent his first two professional seasons in the GCL. The right-hander was originally selected in the 14th round of the 2010 draft. Walks were a challenge with 30 in his first 52 2/3 pro innings. This season, the California native was impressive in his third GCL go-round. Aguilar tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits, while logging eight strikeouts to just one walk.

Toribio, a 20-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, first joined the organization as a free agent in October 2009. The right-hander made just seven starts over two seasons, logging a 2.50 ERA in the DSL (2010) and GCL (2011), striking out 57 and walking 17 in 57 2/3 innings. This season, Toribio had not pitched in official game action after being slowed by elbow problems.



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