Saturday Cardinals Minor League News

The St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with injuries, promotions, retirements and player movements across the system.

Herrera Throws Shoe

Already down one player on its active roster, the Peoria Chiefs will be short another on Saturday. In the first inning of Friday night's Game 2 at Quad Cities, shortstop Juan Herrera was injured on the base paths on a play that was scored a caught stealing.

On Saturday, the 20-year-old was placed on the seven-day disabled list with an ankle strain. The Midwest League all-star has 22 stolen bases in 32 attempts and 32 RBI in 63 games. Herrera's line is .281/.322/.376 in 242 Midwest League at-bats.

At the start of June, in the most recent TCN top 40 prospect list, Herrera was ranked 19th among all Cardinals farmhands.

Medina on the Move Again

For the third time this week alone, Rafael Medina is changing uniforms. To replace Herrera, the Chiefs will be getting the corner infielder from Johnson City. The 22-year-old began the short-season campaign with State College before being shifted down to the Appalachian League on Tuesday.

The right-handed hitter appeared in just one game at each prior stop, going a combined 1-for-5 with a strikeout.

Medina was TCN's top position player on the 2013 Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Bray Activated by Spikes

Announced as signed by the St. Louis Cardinals on June 14, right-handed pitcher Tyler Bray had been assigned to Short-Season Single-A State College, but had not been officially activated until Saturday.

Bray is the Cardinals' 26th-round draft choice in 2014 from the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

De Leon Done

The Cardinals have released right-handed pitcher Victor De Leon. The 22-year-old first signed with the organization in December 2009 and reached the Gulf Coast League in 2011. With an upper-90's fastball, De Leon made TCN's top 40 at number 37 prior to the 2013 season following a strong 2012 campaign in Johnson City's rotation.

However, the Dominican Republic native was moved to relief and pitched out of State College's bullpen last summer before struggling with shoulder problems from which he could apparently not fully recover.

Castillo Gone Again

Having once been suspended and returned from retirement another time, catcher Juan Castillo's time with the Cardinals organization has apparently finally reached its end. The 24-year-old backstop has been released.

Having first suited up for the 2007 DSL Cardinals, Castillo reached Double-A Springfield for four games last season. He spent most of 2011-2013 in A-ball, where he was an all-star in the New York-Penn League in 2011 and Midwest League in 2012. The right-handed hitter's career line is .239/.294/.275.

Foody Finished

Left-handed pitcher Max Foody was signed after being taken in the 12th round in 2012 with considerable fanfare. However, unable to pitch since his rookie season in 2012, the Florida native has retired following shoulder and knee problems. The 21-year-old has been placed on the Restricted List. The Cardinals continue to control his rights should he decide to play again.

For the 2012 Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Foody struggled. In 16 1/3 innings over eight games, he posted an 11.57 ERA to go with 18 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Bautista in Background

Though not announced with the initial roster of the State College Spikes, pitcher Juan Bautista is still on the club officially. In reality, the 21-year-old Dominican Republic native is continuing in the organization's rehab program in Jupiter, Florida and is listed on the Spikes' 60-day disabled list.

Bautista has not pitched in official action since finishing 2013 with State College, where he logged a 4.87 ERA in 12 starts. He also filled in at Palm Beach for three appearances last summer.

Ramsey Shelved Again

Bad news for Springfield Cardinals outfielder James Ramsey, placed back on the disabled list on Saturday, this time with an oblique strain. The 24-year-old had been active only 11 games since returning on June 11 from a right shoulder injury. He was originally hurt in a collision with the outfield wall on May 16.

In his 11 games played this month, the left-handed hitter picked up where he had left off with a.316 batting average and .372 on-base mark. However, his power was sapped as his slugging percentage was just .421 compared to .581 before being hurt.

The Double-A Cardinals did not immediately add a player to replace Ramsey, who will miss the Texas League All-Star Game next Tuesday.

More News on the Way

Please remember to check back here. If additional transaction news comes to light on Saturday, 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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