Cardinals System Player News: August 26

Tuesday news on eight St. Louis Cardinals players – awards, promotions, moves and returns.

Grichuk Back in The Show

The St. Louis Cardinals recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk from Memphis to take Shane Robinson’s spot on the 25-man active roster. The 23-year-old appeared in 19 games for the Cardinals in two prior stints this season, batting .136 (6-for-44) with a home run and three RBI after debuting on April 28.

The right-handed hitter was batting .259 with a team-high 25 home runs (6th in the Pacific Coast League and first in the Cardinals system) and 71 RBI in 108 games at Memphis. Grichuk was leading the Redbirds with a .493 slugging percentage and 50 extra-base hits.

Robinson Roughed Up

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday that outfielder Shane Robinson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left shoulder subluxation suffered in Monday night’s game in Pittsburgh.

The 29-year-old, who has been up and down between Memphis and St. Louis multiple times this season, has struggled in the majors. In 66 plate appearances over 47 games, Robinson has a line of .150/.227/.200.

Ortega Gets Triple-A Cup of Coffee

To fill the roster spot vacated by Grichuk, outfielder Rafael Ortega was promoted from Springfield to Memphis. The 23-year-old has played this season at Double-A, hitting .249 (89-for-358) with seven home runs, three triples, eight doubles, 31 RBI and a team-leading 16 steals in 101 games.

Ortega made his two-game Major League debut with Colorado in 2012 and is a member of St. Louis’ 40-man roster. He joined the Cardinals via a waiver claim from the Texas Rangers in January.

Williams Back for Final Few Days

On Tuesday, shortstop Matt Williams was activated off the temporarily inactive list by Double-A Springfield. The 24-year-old was excused from the team one week ago, on August 19.

Overall for the Double-A Cards, the right-handed hitter has a line of .264/.353/.325 in 280 at-bats over 92 Texas League games.

Tilson Not Forgotten By FSL

Though he was promoted to Double-A on July 22, Charlie Tilson created a lasting impression in the Florida State League. On Tuesday, the outfielder was named to the FSL Post-Season All-Star Team, the only player from Palm Beach to be recognized on the 18-man team, representing the 12-team A-Advanced league.

At the time of his promotion, Tilson ranked sixth in the league with a .309 batting average and second with 114 hits. The 21-year-old led Palm Beach with 53 runs scored. At the start of August, Tilson was rated the number nine prospect in the organization by The Cardinal Nation.

2014 FSL All-Star Recap

At mid-season, the Palm Beach Cardinals had five players represented in the population of two teams that played in the league’s All-Star Game. Tilson, Breyvic Valera, Starlin Rodriguez, Casey Rasmus and Kyle Helisek were named to the South Division squad.

None of the five remain with Palm Beach today. Tilson and Valera were All-Star Game starters and are now Springfield teammates. Rodriguez was moved up to Double-A even before the game. Rasmus retired prior to the contest and struggling Helisek is now back down with Peoria.

Weaver Does U-Turn

Luke Weaver’s season had already been announced to be over, one week ago. On Tuesday, his August 1 move from the Gulf Coast League to the Palm Beach Cardinals was reversed.

Weaver, 21, 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.

Morales on Weaver’s Tail

2014 second-rounder Andrew Morales has been following Weaver’s path all season, from the GCL to Palm Beach and now, right back again.

In two appearances totaling 7 1/3 innings in the Florida State League, the 21-year-old was as successful as Weaver was not. Morales allowed a run on two hits and no walks for a 1.23 ERA. The right-hander fanned six and FSL batters hit a collective .083 against him.

Parra Makes Big Step in Small Area

In return for losing Weaver and Morales, the Palm Beach club received pitcher Frederis Parra from the nearby rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals. The 19-year-old has logged an impressive 2.70 ERA in 10 games, nine starts. The right-hander fanned 34 and walked 15 in 46 1/3 GCL innings in his first year pitching in the US after two seasons in the Dominican Summer League, where he was a 2013 all-star.

More News on the Way

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Check Out the Roster Matrix

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