Cardinals Rasmus Era Comes to Its End

A series of new transactions across the St. Louis Cardinals system includes a very prominent name.

A Closed Case

For the first time in nine years, the St. Louis Cardinals are not employing a baseball-playing member of the Rasmus family of Russell County, Alabama. Palm Beach catcher Casey Rasmus has decided to retire.

Of course, his older brother Colby was with the Cardinals system from 2005 through 2011. Casey became a Cardinal in the 36th round of the 2011 draft about six weeks before Colby was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Casey, 24, reached Double-A Springfield in 2013, but had to drop back to A-Advanced this season even after receiving a big-league spring camp invite. Perhaps this retirement decision had been brewing awhile as Rasmus missed a week in April in unusual circumstances and then was on the temporarily inactive list for three days in May.

This season, in 151 plate appearances over 38 Florida State League games, the switch-hitter posted a line of .235/.275/.287. Rasmus had no home runs and 14 RBI.

What made the timing of Rasmus' decision even more surprising was that he had been added to the roster of the FSL South Division All-Star team. Obviously, he will not participate in the June 14 contest.

Rasmus has been placed on the voluntary retired list so remains Cardinals property should he later change his mind.

Godoy Re-Joins Florida State League

With the departure of Rasmus, the Cardinals have again assigned catcher Jose Godoy to the Palm Beach Cardinals. The 19-year-old Venezuelan was also with the team in a non-appearing cameo role for the three-day weekend late last month when Rasmus was inactive. Godoy will likely slip into the back up role behind Jesus Montero.

Godoy completed in the Gulf Coast League in 2013, his first season in the US. The left-handed hitter posted a credible but power-starved line of .263/.368/.307 in 114 at-bats over 36 contests.

All-Star Ramsey is Back

As expected, the Double-A Springfield Cardinals activated outfielder James Ramsey from the seven-day disabled list on Tuesday. After being named TCN's Player of the Month for April, the left-handed hitter was injured in a collision with the outfield wall in May 16.

In 151 at-bats over 40 games, Ramsey's line is a strong .305/.393/.583. At the time of his injury, his 11 home runs led the Texas League. Since then, he was named a league all-star.

Martini Bumped

To accommodate Ramsey's activation, the St. Louis Cardinals returned outfielder Nick Martini to A-Advanced Palm Beach. The 23-year-old was promoted to Springfield on May 31 when Mike O'Neill moved up to Springfield.

In his first Double-A exposure, Martini had two singles and a walk in 12 plate appearances over five games for a line .182/.250/.182.

Acevedo Odd Man Out

At Palm Beach, Martini's return knocked outfielder Jhohan Acevedo from the A-Advanced club's active 25 players. The 21-year-old had moved up from the roster of the rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals when Martini went up to Springfield on May 31.

In 20 plate appearances over six Florida State League games, Acevedo had four singles, a double and a walk for a line of .263/.300/.316. The Venezuelan native has been assigned to short-season State College.

Please remember to check back here. If additional transaction news comes to light on Wednesday, it will be added to this article!

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