Cards Minor League Transactions: August 19

News on six St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers – injuries, promotions, moves and returns.

Thomas Shelved

The Double-A Springfield Cardinals will be without reliever Chris Thomas for at least the next week. The 26-year-old was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Across three levels this season, Thomas has registered an ERA under two at each. With Springfield, he has a 1.46 ERA to go with 21 strikeouts and just four walks in 24 2/3 innings.

Thomas was not immediately replaced on the Double-A roster.

Williams Taps Out

Springfield placed infielder Matt Williams on the temporarily inactive list on Tuesday. The infielder had been red-hit in August, going 13-for-32 (.406) in 11 games. Overall for the Double-A Cards, the 24-year-old has a line of .264/.353/.325 in 280 at-bats over 92 Texas League games.

Williams’ replacement at Springfield follows.

Miclat Back to Double-A

Sent from Springfield down to Palm Beach on July 23 after missing five weeks due to injury, infielder Greg Miclat has been return to the Double-A Cardinals. He takes Williams’ spot on Springfield’s roster.

Prior to this most recent period, the last time Miclat played at the A-Advanced level was in 2010 when the 27-year-old was coming up in the Baltimore organization. With Palm Beach, the switch-hitter performed expectedly-well, with a line of .284/.363/.420/.783 in 91 plate appearances over 22 Florida State League games.

No replacement for Miclat at Palm Beach was immediately named.

Weaver Done

The Cardinals have decided to end the first professional season of first-rounder Luke Weaver effective August 8. The right-handed pitcher has been shut down the remainder of the regular season and will not pitch in fall instructional league, either, reports Jenifer Langosch of

Moved up to A-Advanced Palm Beach from the Gulf Coast League at the start of the month, Weaver, who turns 21 on Thursday, made two Florida State League starts and really scuffled. The former Florida State University hurler was spanked for eight earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings on eight hits and four walks. FSL hitters batted .550 against him.

Peoria DL Giveth Perez

Out since July 28 with a sore left knee, Peoria outfielder Luis Perez came off the seven-day DL on Monday.

In 78 at-bats over 24 Midwest League games, the 23-year-old has a line of .308/.349/.474 and contributed 12 RBI. Perez also appeared in 13 games with Palm Beach earlier in the season.

Peoria DL Taketh Bryan Away

After having to leave Peoria’s Monday night game mid-at-bat, outfielder Vaughn Bryan was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Tuesday. The 21-year-old is out with a right oblique injury, the type that can be tricky to recover from quickly.

The Chiefs lose their leadoff man and one of their hottest hitters this month. After batting just .219 in July, Bryan posted a line of .333/.405/.455/.860 in 66 at-bats over 17 August contests.

Villegas Did His Job

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals returned right-handed reliever Kender Villegas to the Johnson City Cardinals of the rookie-level Appalachian League. The 21-year-old Venezuelan had been moved up to State College just two days before.

In his lone New York-Penn League outing, at Auburn on Sunday, Villegas threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings on three hits and no walks. He fanned two.

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.

Brian Walton can be reached via email at Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Follow Brian on Twitter.

© 2014 The Cardinal Nation, and All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Cardinal Nation Top Stories