Spikes All-Stars Lead Saturday Cardinals News

Four State College Spikes are among the best in the New York-Penn League and other Cardinals system news from Saturday.

With the release of left-handed pitcher Pedro Feliciano and the sale of right-hander Angel Castro this week, the Memphis Redbirds were down two relievers. The openings were filled on Saturday with two left-handed call-ups from Double-A Springfield.

Following the moves, four of the Memphis starting five are lefties as are three of the club’s eight relievers.

Third Try for Wright

Left-hander Justin Wright is up to Triple-A for the third time. With Springfield, the 24-year-old was 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA (six earned runs in 36 innings), nine saves, and 35 strikeouts against 11 walks in 31 Texas League games.

Earlier with the Redbirds, it was a much different story as Wright was torched for 10 earned runs in nine innings over seven games. You can calculate the ERA. He fanned nine but issued eight walks.

Wright made just one appearance Friday night since coming off Springfield’s disabled list that afternoon. He will celebrate his 25th birthday on August 18th.

Sherriff Gets the Call

Left-hander Ryan Sherriff will be making his Triple-A debut. In 37 games including one start for Springfield, the 24-year-old was 2-5 with a 2.25 ERA (14 earned runs in 56 innings), two saves, and 41 strikeouts against 17 free passes issued.

This is Sherriff’s first season in relief after starting in his three prior years in the system.

Llorens Rides the Wave

To help backfill the Springfield pen, right-hander Dixon Llorens has been promoted from Palm Beach. The side-armer has been very successful in the Florida State League – with one exception. Llorens has walked 26 in 39 2/3 innings.

On the very positive side, the 21-year-old has a whopping 67 strikeouts, a 2.27 ERA, has allowed only one home run this season and held FSL batters to a collective .149 average.

This will be Llorens’ Texas League debut.

Brookshire Away

On Saturday, the Class-A Peoria Chiefs placed starting pitcher Chase Brookshire on the temporarily inactive list for personal reasons.

The 23-year-old left-hander has been very good since moving back into the rotation from the bullpen. In 10 starts since June 1, he has a 2.11 ERA, but only two wins to show for it. In his most recent outing on Tuesday, August 5, Brookshire allowed four runs, two earned, in 6 1/3 innings.

Four NYPL All-Stars

Four Spikes players were selected for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, August 19. Shortstop Robelys Reyes and second baseman Darren Seferina will join pitchers Will Anderson and Kyle Grana on the South team for the NYPL’s 10th annual Midsummer Classic at MCU Park in Brooklyn, NY.

Reyes Recognized

Reyes earned his All-Star Game berth after hitting .287 with two home runs and 22 runs batted in over 40 games. The Valverde, Dominican Republic native has also showed a slick glove at shortstop, and shares the team lead with 12 stolen bases. Reyes has five three-hit games this year, and strikes out just once every 11.31 plate appearances, the third-best ratio in the NYPL.

Slick Seferina

Seferina, the Cardinals’ fifth-round draft choice this year from Miami Dade College in Florida, has hit .289 with six doubles and 7 RBI over 37 games in his first pro season. The Willemstad, Curacao native has formed a potent combination with Reyes up the middle, helping the Spikes to turn a total of 45 double plays on the season. Seferina has also swiped 12 bases.

Anderson in ERA Hunt

Over 52 2/3 innings, Anderson is 5-1 with a 2.22 earned run average, third-best in the league. The Cardinals’ 2013 26th-round draft pick has struck out 43 batters while walking only eight. The native of Pleasanton, CA, has earned victories in each of his last five decisions, and set the single-game Spikes record with 10 strikeouts against Williamsport on June 29.

Grana Spells Relief

Grana has made 18 relief appearances, with his 48 strikeouts are tied for fourth-best among all pitchers in the league. The Wildwood, MO native was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cardinals last year from Bellarmine, and has put together a 3-2 record with four saves and a 1.17 ERA in his second professional season. Grana has also struck out 14.09 batters per nine innings, the second-best rate among all NYPL relievers.

Update: DeLorenzo Regrouping

The Cardinals’ 12th-round selection in this June’s draft, left-handed pitcher Jordan DeLorenzo of Division II University of West Florida, was initially assigned to Johnson City. The 21-year-old made three starts and three relief appearances, logging a 5.30 ERA. He allowed four home runs in 18 2/3 innings. The Florida native fanned 20 and walked just five.

On Sunday, the Cardinals re-assigned DeLorenzo to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Update: Washington is Back

After a two-game rehab turn with the GCL Cardinals, first baseman pitcher David Washington was activated off the seven-day disabled list by the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Out since June 26, the 23-year-old was leading Palm Beach with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 70 games at the time of his injury. His home run total is still highest on the team today.

On the other side of the coin, the left-handed hitter has struck out in exactly one of every three at-bats and has just a .224 average in his first season in the Florida State League.

More News on the Way

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