Cardinals System-Wide News: Tuesday, 7/22

News on Cardinals players from St. Louis all the way down to the Gulf Coast League, including the promotion of a top-10 prospect, Charlie Tilson.

Holliday to Join AFL HOF

The Arizona Fall League announced on Sunday that it will induct Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday into its Hall of Fame during a November ceremony. Holliday played in the prospect showcase in 2002 and 2003 as a Colorado Rockies farmhand. He debuted in the Major Leagues in 2004 and just recently, hit his 400th career double and scored his 1000th run.

Other Cardinals among the 34 players already in the AFL Hall of Fame, reflecting later success in the big leagues, are Albert Pujols (2004) and Chris Carpenter (2010).

Carpenter Repeat H&H Honor

Third baseman Matt Carpenter has been named the winner of the St. Louis Cardinals' Heart and Hustle Award for the second consecutive year. Each team has an annual selection, based on player passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field, which is announced by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA).

Fans, MLB alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners, to be announced in November. Among the previous overall winners was Albert Pujols in 2009.

Wacha Showing Improvement

Though injured Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is showing improvement in the stress reaction in his right shoulder based on a Monday MRI, the club announced on Monday that he will still not be cleared to start throwing again for at least two weeks. Out since June 22, the 23-year-old may be able to return to regular duty in September if able to ramp up his workload during August.

Tilson Moving Up

It is no surprise that the Double-A Springfield Cardinals are having trouble scoring runs. To try to help address the problem, the parent organization promoted outfielder Charlie Tilson from A-Advanced Palm Beach.

Tilson, a Florida State League All-Star, ranks sixth in the league with a .309 batting average and second with 114 hits. The 21-year-old leads Palm Beach with 53 runs scored. At the start of July, Tilson was rated the number 10 prospect in the organization by The Cardinal Nation.

As of yet, related transactions have not been announced at either affected level.

Siegrist Extended Play

One criteria for Kevin Siegrist’s return to St. Louis was a demonstration of the ability to pitch multiple innings during his rehab stay at Double-A Springfield. The left-hander did that for the first time on Monday night, yielding a hit and walk in 1 1/3 frames. Siegrist has not been scored upon in any of his five rehab appearances covering 4 2/3 innings but has allowed seven base runners for a too-high WHIP of 1.50.

Siegrist, who has been dealing with a nerve issue affecting his shoulder and forearm, was placed on the disabled list on May 24. His Springfield rehab officially began two weeks ago. Pitchers are allowed a maximum of 30 days per rehab stint. Siegrist is expected to officially rejoin St. Louis on Wednesday.

Lopez Loan Called Due

After moving Gulf Coast League Cardinals catcher Joshua Lopez to the Palm Beach Cardinals for the weekend, the 18-year-old was returned to the GCL on Monday. In his brief Florida State League stint, the right-handed hitter appeared in one game, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Lopez’ replacement is identified in the next capsule.

Rodriguez Next in Palm Beach Catching Queue

With Palm Beach in continual need of a second catcher behind Gerwuins Velazco while Jesus Montero is on the disabled list, the Cardinals made a change on Monday. Up from the GCL this time is Frankie Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who turns 19 years of age later this week, joined the organization as an undrafted free agent in June 2013. In 35 at-bats over 13 GCL contests this season, the right-handed hitter has a line of .227/.413/.299. He has both 11 strikeouts and walks, but no extra-base hits.

Sohn Outage Official

Though infielder Andrew Sohn had not played for the State College Spikes since July 5 due to a shoulder injury, he had remained on the New York-Penn League club’s active roster until Tuesday. That is when the 21-year-old was placed on the seven-day disabled list, but backdated to July 18, not that it probably matters. We have no new news on Sohn’s status other than a view from his manager that he will not be returning soon.

Update: Starlin to the Shelf

The corresponding move to Tilson’s arrival in Springfield is the placement of outfielder Starlin Rodriguez on the seven-day disabled list.

The former second baseman missed Friday through Sunday, then played Monday, but went 0-for-3. Overall, in 33 games with Springfield, Rodriguez has a line of .260/.330/.380. The 24-year-old has two home runs and 15 RBI in 100 at-bats.

More News on the Way

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

Check Out the Roster Matrix

To see the Cardinals’ entire system by level and position, along with every transaction affecting the organization, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.



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