Futures Game Announce Tops Tuesday Cards News

Marco Gonzales and James Ramsey selected to MLB Futures Game and other Tuesday system news.

Gonzales, Ramsey to Futures Game (maybe)

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the 2014 All-Star Futures Game, to be held as part of All-Star Weekend on July 13 in Minneapolis. In recent years, the St. Louis Cardinals had a representative on the World team and the U.S. team, but that is not the case this year.

Left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales and outfielder James Ramsey, both currently with Double-A Springfield, were selected as members of the U.S. squad. However, neither may be able to participate in their second all-star game this summer.

Gonzales will be joining the major league club in Denver on Tuesday and will be activated to start for St. Louis on Wednesday. Ramsey is on Springfield's disabled list.

As a result, neither will be able to honor their starting berths in the Texas League All-Star Game Tuesday night in North Little Rock, Arkansas. We will have to see if one or both will be available in three weeks for the MLB showcase.

On The Cardinal Nation's June top 40 prospect list, Gonzales is ranked second after Oscar Taveras and Ramsey is seventh in the system.

Gonzales began 2014, his first full season as a professional, back at A-Advanced Palm Beach. However, by May Gonzales was promoted to Springfield, where continued to impress. Across the two stops, the 22-year-old fanned 78 and walked 18 in 76 1/3 innings. The ERA of the Cardinals' first-round pick in the 2013 draft is 1.89.

Ramsey, 24, the second of the Cardinals' first-round selections in the 2012 draft, is on his second disabled list stint this season. He first suffered a shoulder injury, then an oblique strain just 11 games after returning to action earlier this month. In his second partial Double-A campaign in 2014, the left-handed batter has .307/.389/.550 line with 12 home runs and 31 RBI in 51 Texas League contests.

It will be up to MLB to decide if or how to replace Gonzales and/or Ramsey on the U.S. team roster if necessary.

In both of the last two seasons, the Cardinals' Futures Game representatives were Taveras (World) and Kolten Wong (U.S.), though the former was injured and unable to participate in 2013.

Almarante the Third

Just eight calendar days and three appearances after coming off the disabled list at Triple-A Memphis for a second time this season, right-handed reliever Jose Almarante was placed back on the DL on Monday. The move is retroactive to June 21st.

Previously, the 25-year-old was shelved from May 17 until May 27 and June 3 to June 15.

In 24 2/3 innings over 17 games for the Redbirds this season, the Dominican native has a 4.01 ERA. Along with 23 strikeouts and 11 walks, Almarante has served up for long balls, including a two-run shot at Salt Lake City last Wednesday.

Dobzanski Takes the Money

First reported by nj.com, the St. Louis Cardinals upped their offer to 29th-round draft pick, pitcher Bryan Dobzanski to $700,000 earlier this week. Though the New Jersey prep star's asking price was $750,000, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound right-hander decided it was close enough and has agreed to sign.

Like the outstanding offer to second-rounder Andrew Morales, the deal is contingent on passing a physical. Dobzanski is reporting to Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida this Thursday. After signing, he is likely to be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

An accomplished wrestler as well as pitcher, Dobzanski is said to have a 94-95 mph fastball that offers great potential. He had been a college commit to the University of Louisville.

Cap Money Spent

As reported here over the weekend, the Cardinals had approximately $710,000 remaining as a maximum offer to any of their unsigned draft selections without incurring a loss of a future draft pick as a penalty.

As a result, it appears that it is now positive that neither third-rounder Trevor Megill nor 11th rounder Justin Bellinger will be signing with St. Louis, nor will any other high-profile Cardinals draft pick. The only thing that could change that is if Morales or Dobzanski fail the physical and don't sign.

From their 2014 draft class of 42 players, the Cardinals currently have 26 signed, two tentative and 14 unsigned. Details can be viewed on the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

Girsch in Play

The San Diego Padres have asked to interview Cardinals assistant general manager Mike Girsch for their vacant GM opening, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. There are nine identified candidates with more to be named. Rosenthal suggests that it will be "a longshot" for Josh Byrnes' replacement to be in place by July 31.

More News on the Way

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