Cards minors transaction Saturday touches 11

A series of player moves from the Dominican Summer League to the Florida State League.

The St. Louis Cardinals have implemented a number of transactions affecting five levels and 11 players, including one retirement, one release, three promotions, two players coming off the disabled list, two going on and two demotions.

Dominican Summer League
IF Robelys Reyes released (Update: This news, from, was later determined to be in error. Reyes went on the DL, but was not released.)

Gulf Coast League
RHP Brandon Lee promoted to Johnson City

Johnson City
RHP Jacob Booden promoted to State College

State College
C Adam Lewis promoted to Palm Beach
OF Brian Vigo sent down to Johnson City
RHR Arturo Reyes activated from disabled list

Though a non-transaction item, Ronald Castillo is back in the Spikes lineup Saturday, batting seventh and starting in left field. The outfielder last played on June 26, out with shoulder soreness.

Palm Beach
LHR Iden Nazario off injury rehab assignment, activated from disabled list
RHR Aidan Lucas placed on disabled list
LHS Tyler Melling placed on disabled list, backdated to July 5
C Jose Gomez sent down to Gulf Coast League
C Juan Castillo retired

The departures

The fact that Robelys Reyes was released from the roster of the DSL Cardinals should not be a surprise to regular readers here. Turning 23 years of age later this month, the second baseman was in his unheard-of fourth DSL campaign. The reason is that due to some irregularity in his paperwork, he could not get a work visa to enter the US, despite the Cardinals trying for several years. Reyes was our top player on the DSL Cards in 2010 and 2011. (See update above.)

Juan Castillo, 23, decided to call it a career after first signing in 2006. In his seventh season, the Dominican native logged a .578 OPS and 11 RBI in 131 at-bats for Palm Beach. The catcher was a 2012 Midwest League mid-season All-Star.

The promotions

Signed as a free agent on June 17, Lee pitched in three games for the GCL Cardinals. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings. Lee fanned five. With Lee being 22 years of age, it is easy to see why the Cardinals want to move him ahead.

22-year-old Jacob Booden is joining his third team this season. The former Bradley University hurler was with Palm Beach from May 27 until short-season play began. In eight innings with Johnson City, the right-hander allowed one earned run on eight hits and three walks. Booden fanned seven.

Though he sees few at-bats, catcher Adam Lewis is the most traveled player in the system in recent years. With Castillo's retirement, perhaps the organization wanted another experienced backstop at Palm Beach. In fact, it is the 24-year-old's second stint in the Florida State League this year, though Lewis has been in just four games in 2013.

The demotions

Brian Vigo, 21, joined the organization as an undrafted free agent on June 14. Originally assigned to Johnson City, the right-handed hitting outfielder went just 3-for-16 (.188), though two of his hits were doubles.

Catcher Jose Gomez was a short-term addition (two days) to Palm Beach so his move back to the GCL should not be considered a problem. The 21-year-old Venezuelan did not appear in Florida State League action, though he is hitting .357 in his first four GCL games.

The activations

Activated at State College is the Cards' 40th-rounder from this June's draft, Gonzaga's Arturo Reyes. The 21-year-old right-hander has yet to appear in game action after feeling arm tenderness upon reporting.

Lefty Iden Nazario is back with Palm Beach after a rehab stint in the GCL. The 24-year-old went on the DL on June 22nd. In the GCL, Nazario had one perfect two-inning outing, during which he fanned two.

The injured

25-year-old Aidan Lucas made his season debut on June 20. In six games, 7 2/3 innings, the right-hander allowed six runs, four earned. Lucas was touched for 11 hits and four walks against six strikeouts. Now, he is back on the trainer's table.

Tyler Melling, 24, is another returnee to the DL. The left-hander made three starts this season before going on the shelf on April 21 and was activated on May 17. He made eight starts since, with an ERA of 5.82 for the season.

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