To make room for Sam Tuivailala on the Memphis Redbirds roster, the Cardinals unconditionally released right-hander Boone Whiting. The 25-year-old was 0-2 with a 7.77 ERA (19 earned runs in 22 innings) over seven appearances (including three starts) with Memphis in 2015.
The Cardinals’ 18th round pick in the 2010 draft made his name as a control artist, but lost that edge when he reached Triple-A. Since 2013, Whiting had appeared in 49 games with the Redbirds, making 44 starts, compiling an overall 9-14 record with a 4.49 ERA.
Outfielder Collin Radack has been promoted from Class-A Peoria to A-Advanced Palm Beach. The 23-year-old put up a solid line of .293/.321/.373 in his first 37 Midwest League games. Radack hit two home runs and drove in 20.
As of Friday, Palm Beach’s corresponding roster move has not been announced.
Bryan is Back
Outfielder Vaughn Bryan has been returned to his 2014 club, the Peoria Chiefs, from extended spring training, replacing Radack. Last season, the 21-year-old switch-hitter was the Cardinals system co-leader in triples with nine. Bryan’s 2014 Peoria line was .262/.326/.382/.708/
Peoria second baseman Darren Seferina has come off the seven-day disabled list, where he was placed on May 15 due to a thumb contusion.
The 21-year-old had appeared in 27 games, logging a line of .239/.314/.337/.651. Seferina has stolen eight bases, but was also caught six times. He was St. Louis’ fifth-round draft pick last June.
Turgeon Returned to Sender
Infielder Casey Turgeon, promoted from extended spring training to replace Seferina on the Peoria roster, has been returned to Florida. In his six Midwest League games, the 22-year-old was productive. In 17 plate appearances, Turgeon had four hits, including two doubles and a triple, and walked twice for a line of .267/.389/.533/.922.
Update: Castillo Curtailed
It appears that outfielder Ronald Castillo will not be a mid-season all-star for the third consecutive year. Opening 2015 in the Florida State League after being honored in 2014 in the Midwest League and the prior year in the New York-Penn League, the 22-year-old Dominican native has been re-assigned to extended spring training (State College roster) from A-Advanced Palm Beach.
Along with the departure of Rowan Wick, who is trying his hand at pitching, Castillo becomes the second member of Palm Beach’s starting outfield to be axed in the last two days. The left-handed hitter struggled to a line of .149/.204/.208/.412 in 101 at-bats over 29 FSL games.
Castillo has been replaced on the Palm Beach roster by Collin Radack, up from Peoria.
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