Dominoes Fall in Cards System from Gast Move

With the activation of John Gast at Triple-A Memphis, two others were demoted and one was released.

As noted here at The Cardinal Nation on Friday, all appearances were that John Gast would be starting for Memphis on Saturday night and Kurt Heyer, sent down from the Redbirds to Double-A Springfield, would be the Texas League Cards' starting pitcher that evening as well.

Both have come to pass, but with it were two other moves, required for Springfield to get down to 25 players on its active roster.

The Cardinals have shifted reliever Corey Baker back down to A-Advanced Palm Beach. To make room there, the Cardinals organization gave reliever Aidan Lucas his unconditional release.

Baker Sent Down Again

Called up to the Texas League on May 14, Baker pitched in five games before being returned to the Florida State League. The right-hander allowed five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings. Baker struck out one, walked two and yielded 12 hits for an opposing batting average .353.

To open 2014, the 24-year-old had been one of the most effective relievers for Palm Beach with a 1.88 ERA to go with 21 strikeouts versus just six walks in 28 2/3 innings pitched.

This is his second such demotion. Baker earned an eight-game promotion to Springfield last summer after garnering a Midwest League all-star berth and then pitching well in Palm Beach. But after logging an 8.41 ERA in his Texas League intro, Baker was returned to the FSL.

Lucas Released

Originally taken in the 27th round in 2010, Aidan Lucas was released on the final day of the 2014 draft. The 26-year-old had an effective first three seasons, including a solid 2012 at Palm Beach during which he logged a 2.18 ERA and was named as TCN's top reliever at the level.

A 2013 injury threatened to derail his career, limiting Lucas to just six games.

Back at A-Advanced for a third year in 2014, the right-hander posted a 3.90 ERA, walking 10 and striking out 19 in 32 1/3 innings. Lucas was the second-oldest player on the Palm Beach roster at the time of his release.

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