Cardinals Minors News Roundup: Thursday, 7/24

Two players have to drop a level for different reasons as the organization welcomes a new signee.

Donofrio Gets Exactly One Month

With the return of Nick Greenwood to Memphis from St. Louis, the Triple-A club had to shed a player. That was reliever Joe Donofrio.

Promoted to Memphis for the first time on July 24, the 2014 Texas League all-star’s initial Pacific Coast League stint lasted exactly one month in duration. Donofrio appeared in 10 Redbirds games and allowed five runs in 8 2/3 innings for a 5.19 ERA. The 25-year-old fanned six and walked four. PCL batters hit a collective .341 against him.

At this point, Springfield has to remove a player from its active roster, expected on Friday.

Cesar Valera Answers the Call

With shortstop Juan Herrera placed on the disabled list on Wednesday, the Peoria Chiefs were down to two healthy middle infielders, Richy Pedroza and Michael Schulze. Depth was added on Thursday with the return of Cesar Valera to the Chiefs from Palm Beach.

Valera, 22, had also been promoted one month ago, having joined the Florida State League Cards on June 24. In 18 games, 60 at-bats with Palm Beach, the right-handed hitter logged a line of .267/.286/.283. Valera had one extra-base hit, a double, and drew just one walk during his initial stint with Palm Beach.

After the move, both Palm Beach and Peoria are still down one player on their 25-man rosters.

Not Yet The Great One

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to sign undrafted free agents. The newest member of the organization and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals is Jake Gronsky. The Cardinals purchased the contract of the second baseman from the Joliet Slammers of the independent Frontier League.

From 2011-2014, Gronsky was a four-year starter with Monmouth University (NJ), a member of the Division 1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The right-handed hitter had a career line of .310/.372/.417/.789. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder had 237 hits (fifth-most in school history) including 52 doubles, 121 runs scored, and drove in 118 in 203 games.

From July 11-20, the 22-year-old played in seven games with the Slammers, batting .385 with four RBI and six runs scored.

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