Cardinals trim pair from DSL player ranks

The St. Louis Cardinals have released two players from their Dominican Summer League roster.

As players are contacted and given the bad news, information on releases of minor league players across the St. Louis Cardinals system continue to trickle out.

The latest two cuts are from the Dominican Summer League Cardinals. These players viewed to be less competitive as new player signings are under consideration against the ever-present backdrop of a finite roster size of 35.

The now-ex-Cardinals are left-handed pitcher Alirio Negrette and infielder Jeffry Cerdas.

An 18-year-old Venezuelan, Negrette was a July 2nd player in 2011. In between pitching in relief in both the 2012 and 2013 DSL seasons, the left-hander was a starter in the 2012 Venezuelan Parallel League, where he logged a 9.13 ERA last fall.

During his two official DSL campaigns, the 5-foot-11, 176-pounder posted a 3.23 ERA. Negrette won two, lost three and added two saves. In 39 professional innings, he struck out 28, but walked 22. He did not show much progress from 2012 to 2013, a likely contributor to his release.

Cerdas, also 18 years of age, was given two seasons to produce as a professional player, as well. The switch-hitting native of the Dominican Republic was signed in December 2011.

While Cerdas raised his .167 average in 2012 to .230 this past summer, it clearly was not enough. One positive was a career walk count of 34 against 38 strikeouts in 229 plate appearances from the second baseman.

However, there was no pop or production from the bat of the 6-foot, 160-pounder. Cerdas managed just four extra-base hits for a .219 slugging percentage over his two seasons and only eight RBI. Further, he was just 2-for-6 in stolen base attempts.

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