Monday 6/16 Cardinals Minor League News

Two players coming off the disabled list to help their teams while another receives important recognition.

Whiting Back After Win No. 1

When the St. Louis Cardinals released starting pitcher Scott McGregor on Sunday, it was not surprising, as the right-handed had struggled mightily this spring. Yet one question bothered me – his replacement in the Memphis rotation. Swingman Nick Greenwood would have been the obvious fill-in, but the lefty received his first-ever call to St. Louis.

On Monday, the question was answered when right-hander Boone Whiting was activated off the seven-day disabled list and named Monday night's starter for the Redbirds at home against Reno.

Almost exactly one month ago, on May 17, the 24-year-old right-hander was placed on the DL with a shoulder strain and was sent to the Cardinals rehab facility in Jupiter, Florida.

0-5 with a 5.15 ERA, Whiting has lost four consecutive starts and has yet to go six innings even once this season. Before the 2014 season, he was named the 30th-ranked prospect in the system by The Cardinal Nation but has slipped in each of our last two monthly rankings.

Good Week for Gonzales

It has been a good week for Double-A Springfield left-hander Marco Gonzales. On Thursday, the 22-year-old was selected to play in the Texas League All-Star Game. On Friday night, Gonzales struck out a career-best 10 batters while allowing just an unearned run on two hits and no walks over six innings.

That performance was good enough for the Colorado native to be named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 9-15.

In the process, Gonzales lowered his Double-A ERA to 2.16. He has fanned 42 and walked just eight in 33 1/3 frames since joining Springfield one month ago.

Garcia Ready for Second Half

Opening the second half of the Florida State League season after a strong finish to the first, the Palm Beach Cardinals activated an important hitter in outfielder Anthony Garcia. The outfielder missed almost exactly a month, having been placed on the disabled list on May 17.

At the time of his injury, the right-handed hitter was second on the club with six home runs and 22 RBI, respectively. However, Garcia is batting a disappointing .230 in his second season at the A-Advanced level.

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

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