Petree Parlays Strong Month into Promotion

Peoria Chiefs' Nick Petree, The Cardinal Nation's Starting Pitcher of the Month, has been promoted. So has 2013 first-rounder Rob Kaminsky.

Nick Petree was the best starting pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals system during the month of April, according to The Cardinal Nation. The 23-year-old from Missouri State logged a 1.29 ERA, striking out 24 and walking 10 in 21 innings over four Midwest League starts for the Class A Peoria Chiefs.

Scheduled to start for Peoria on Sunday, Petree is instead packing for a return to Jupiter, Florida. There he will apparently step into the Palm Beach Cardinals rotation spot vacated by injured Cory Jones.

Before the season, the right-hander was named The Cardinal Nation's 34th-ranked prospect in the system. In 2013, Petree was TCN's State College Spikes Starting Pitcher of the Year after posting a 1.62 ERA. He finished just 4 1/3 innings short of taking the New York-Penn League's ERA title.


Replacing Petree at Peoria and starting on Sunday will be The Cardinal Nation's fifth-ranked Cardinals prospect, left-hander Rob Kaminsky. Taken 28th overall in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the New Jersey native pitched for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals last season.

During spring training, Kaminsky allowed just two earned runs in 13 innings. The 19-year-old struck out nine, but walked six. He remained in Florida during April and continued to pitch in extended spring training camp.

Born on September 2, 1994, Kaminsky is the youngest Chief by four days compared to his new rotation mate and TCN's no. 7 prospect in the system, Alex Reyes. The will both be throwing to catcher Carson Kelly, also 19 years of age, TCN's no. 9 Cardinals prospect.

The Cardinals have not yet announced their Palm Beach move to accommodate Petree. However, right-hander Will Anderson joined the Florida State League club's roster in time to pitch a three-inning save Saturday night and could be returning to extended spring camp.

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Last month, in an exclusive interview with The Cardinal Nation, Petree talked about his progress since he was selected by the Cardinals in the ninth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Other related minor league coverage

To see the Cardinals' entire system by level and position, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

In addition to the recently-announced The Cardinal Nation April Player, Starting Pitcher and Relief Pitcher of the Month, our first monthly update to the Cardinals top 40 prospect rankings is coming on Monday, exclusively for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation.

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