Cardinals Friday Moves Start in Rookie Ball

Two more free agent signees help fill out Gulf Coast League Cardinals roster for opening day and much more player news from across the Cardinals system.

New GCL Pitching Recruits

The Cardinals have signed a pair of right-handed pitchers to free agent contracts and assigned them to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals. They are Kevin Alexander and Drew Reidt.

After plucking Austin Gomber from Florida Atlantic University in the fourth round, the Cardinals went back to the Owls roster to sign his teammate Alexander. Having both started and relieved in his four years at FAU, the 6-foot-1, 175 pound Alexander won 16 games and picked up seven of his nine career saves in 2014.

Reidt, also known as Andrew Reidt, is a local product, hailing from Gray Summit, Mo. The 6-foot-6 right-hander pitched for Cameron University in Oklahoma the last two seasons after beginning his post-high school years at St. Louis Community College. As a senior, Reidt went 6-7 with a 4.28 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 82 innings for the Aggies.

Altobelli Retires

Infielder J.J. Altobelli has been placed on the voluntarily retired list. The 23-year-old was selected in the 18th round of the 2013 draft from the University of Oregon. In 48 games with Johnson City last season, the right-handed hitter posted a line of .284/.353/.414.

Gallardo's Long Term Outage Continues

Right-handed pitcher Steven Gallardo, 21, has been placed on the 60-day disabled list of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. The Cards' 19th-rounder from 2012 made just two appearances that summer and did not pitch at all in 2013 due to injury.

Seferina Shift

As reported exclusively here at The Cardinal Nation prevously, St. Louis' fifth-round pick in this year's draft, infielder Darren Seferina, is currently inactive until he can secure a work visa.

On Friday, MiLB.com reported that the 20-year-old has been transferred to the roster of the rookie-level GCL Cardinals from State College.

Is Megill Out of the Picture?

A Thursday report from mlbdailydish.com quotes Cardinals third-round pick, pitcher Trevor Megill, as stating his intent to return to Loyola Marymount for his senior season and not sign with St. Louis.

However the same report notes that Megill did have an amount he would accept, but the Cardinals did not meet it. With the signing deadline still four weeks ahead, there could be time for positions to shift - despite the declaration.

Megill missed the 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery and has made one appearance of one inning in the Cape Cod League to date.

Harris Leaves S-Cards

With the one-day delay in activating Mike Mayers at Springfield, the organization made a move on Friday to accommodate his arrival. The Double-A club placed reliever Mitch Harris on the temporarily inactive list.

In 10 games, 14 innings since his promotion from Palm Beach on May 17, the 28-year-old has a 5.14 ERA to go with seven strikeouts and two walks. Harris last pitched on Thursday evening, allowing a run in one inning.

More News on the Way

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

For more information

To see which drafted players are signed and which are not at any time over the upcoming days and weeks, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. All signed players will be assigned to team rosters there and here on the main site once all short-season minor league clubs are set.



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