Cardinals System Player News: August 27

Wednesday news on five St. Louis Cardinals minor league players – promotions, moves and returns.

Baker is Addition and Subtraction

Though Corey Baker has had a nice season with Palm Beach, the reliever has been struggling badly lately, having given up a whopping 15 runs, eight earned, in his last 8 2/3 innings over four appearances.

Therefore, it initially seemed odd that the 24-year-old was pushed up to Double-A Springfield on Wednesday. That was especially the case given Baker did not impress in an five-game Double-A trial earlier this summer.

However, consider that Springfield was eliminated from the post-season on Tuesday night and will just play out the week before heading home for the winter. Palm Beach, on the other hand, is in first place and has a good chance to make the post-season.

Llorens Back to Help Out Palm Beach

The other part of the relief pitching swap is side-arming Dixon Llorens being returned to Palm Beach from Springfield. The 21-year-old right-hander had been very strong in the Florida State League this season, but was pummeled in his brief Texas League introduction over the last two weeks.

At Springfield, Llorens yielded six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings for a 12.46 ERA. At the level below, he logged a 2.27 ERA with nine saves in 11 opportunities. It seems clear that Llorens should be of more help to Palm Beach’s title aspirations than Baker right now.

Chiefs Get Leadoff Man Back

In the midst of the Midwest League playoff hunt, the Peoria Chiefs activated leadoff man Vaughn Bryan on Wednesday. The 21-year-old outfielder had been on the disabled list since August 19 with a right oblique injury.

Bryan was one of the Chiefs’ hottest hitters this month. After batting just .219 in July, Bryan had posted a line of .333/.405/.455/.860 in 66 at-bats over 17 August contests before his injury.

Parra’s One Day Loan Ends

After serving as unused bullpen depth for one Florida State game, on Tuesday night, the Palm Beach club returned pitcher Frederis Parra to the nearby rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals on Wednesday.

In the GCL, 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.

Though not yet announced, Parra is a prime candidate to get the ball in the GCL Cards’ playoff opener on Friday.

Update: Thomas’ U-Turn

Just four days and two appearances since coming off the seven-day disabled list, reliever Chris Thomas was put back on the shelf on Wednesday. On Monday, the 26-year-old’s season ended badly when he allowed the winning run in the eighth inning, setting up a home sweep of Springfield.

Across three levels this season (Peoria, Palm Beach and Springfield), Thomas closes his solid 2014 with a 1.47 ERA, nine saves and a strikeout to walk count of 64 to 13 in 55 innings.

More News on the Way

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