Cardinals execute Class-A roster shuffle

The St. Louis Cardinals moved nine minor league players on Tuesday, affecting three Class-A clubs. Two 2012 draftees are among the promoted.

The St. Louis Cardinals moved nine minor league players on Tuesday, affecting three Class-A clubs.

Quad Cities adds four:

Pitcher Kyle Barraclough, infielder Anthony Melchionda, and first baseman David Bergin have been promoted from Batavia to Quad Cities.

Pitcher Brad Watson has been sent down from Palm Beach to Quad Cities.

Quad Cities says goodbye to four:

Pitchers Kyle Hald and Travis Miller plus infielder Neal Pritchard have been promoted from Quad Cities to Palm Beach.

First baseman Roberto De La Cruz has been sent down from Quad Cities to Batavia.

Palm Beach shelves one:

Catcher Luis De La Cruz has been placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to July 16.

In the collective result of these moves, Batavia nets down two active players, Quad Cities remains flat and Palm Beach nets up one.

Barraclough was the Cardinals' seventh-round pick this June from St. Mary's College (Cal.). The right-handed pitcher had a sparkling 12:0 strikeout to walk ratio in 18 innings with Batavia. The 22-year-old allowed four earned runs, including two long balls for a 2.00 ERA. He began by sharing a tandem rotation spot with fellow draftee Tim Cooney before taking his own turns.

Melchionda, taken in the 14th round of this draft, has been well-traveled. He earlier played in one game with Quad Cities as an injury replacement (and also was with Springfield briefly). Now, he may stick in the Midwest League. The infielder/outfielder finishes his time with the Muckdogs with a .217/.260/.304 line in 69 at-bats over 16 games.

Bergin, 22, joined the organization in the 30th round of the 2011 draft and played for Johnson City last season. The right-handed hitting first baseman has two home runs and nine RBI in 13 games with Batavia and a line of .298/.370/.532.

Watson, 22, was asked to make a big jump from the Gulf Coast League last year all the way to the Florida State League. Now, he is being dialed back a bit to Quad Cities after putting up a 6.83 ERA with Palm Beach. On the positive side, the 37th round pick from 2011 fanned 20 but walked 10 in 27 2/3 FSL innings.

Lefty Hald was an Appalachian League all-star last season and posted a 3.10 ERA in 16 starts for the River Bandits in 2012. He struck out 77 and walked just 13 in 90 Midwest League innings. The 23-year-old joined the organization in the 18th round of the 2011 draft.

Miller, 22, has appeared in 18 games for Quad Cities, all in relief. The right-hander has an ERA of 2.36 and a strikeout to walk ratio of 22:11 in 26 2/3 innings. Miller was the organization's 16th-rounder last June and pitched for Batavia in 2011.

Pritchard, 23, signed as a non-drafted free agent last June. After playing for Johnson City last year, the right-handed hitter appeared this season as an injury replacement with both at his new destination, Palm Beach, as well as Springfield. With Quad Cities, the infielder spent two months. Pritchard played in 37 games with a line of .196/.312/.252.

Roberto De La Cruz gives up his job at first base for the Bandits to Bergin. The former third baseman, still just 20 years old, struggled with Midwest League pitching. The former big-bonus signee from the Dominican logged a line of .207/.229/.306 with Quad Cities. De La Cruz had five home runs and 29 RBI in 242 at bats over 62 games. He played with Johnson City in 2011.

Luis De La Cruz moves to Palm Beach's disabled list due to a strained hip flexor. The 23-year-old, a non-roster invitee to major league camp this spring, appeared in 52 FSL games, with one home run and 13 RBI. The right-handed hitter logged a line of .296/.314/.344 in 186 at-bats. With Cody Stanley and Geoff Klein on Palm Beach's active roster, they have the catching position covered while De La Cruz is out.

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