In a surprising move, the St. Louis Cardinals have transferred third baseman Patrick Wisdom from his home for the last season plus one month, the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, to Short-Season Class-A State College. The Spikes are currently participating in extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida.
Informal word is that the move was made to enable Wisdom to receive more one-on-one instruction from coaches in hopes of improving his consistency. Update: Per a Cardinals official, Wisdom is expected to return to Double-A once his individualized work is complete.
In Springfield’s most recent series, four games at Arkansas, Wisdom was swinging a hot bat. The right-handed hitter collected seven hits in 18 at-bats (.389) with two RBI. Even so, that raised the season batting average of the 23-year-old to just .236. In 15 of his 18 games with the Texas League Cardinals this season, Wisdom, expected to be a source of power and production, batted either eighth or ninth in manager Dann Bilardello’s order.
Wisdom, who was one of the Cardinals’ compensation round picks in the 2012 draft, taken 52nd overall, had batted .215 for the 2014 Springfield club. After being a non-roster invitee to Major League camp in 2014, Wisdom was not invited this spring.
Though he committed 26 errors in 125 games last season, Wisdom had worked extensively on his defense and was charged with no miscues in his 14 games in the field in 2015.
At this point, the organization has not announced a replacement for Wisdom on the S-Cards’ roster. The 6-19 club is likely looking for more offense, currently ranked seventh of eight Texas League clubs in runs scored this season.
Note: The Cardinal Nation Springfield reporter Derek Shore contributed to this story.
Update: Prior to their Wednesday day game, the S-Cards activated pitcher Jordan Swagerty from the seven-day disabled list. In reality, it has been far much longer since the Cards’ second-rounder from 2010 has been able to pitch competitively.
Other than 10 2/3 innings in 2013, the 25-year-old has not thrown in official game action since 2011 due to a series of elbow-related problems. Swagerty joins the club from extended spring training camp.
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