The first set of roster transactions affecting the St. Louis Cardinals system on Tuesday, June 2nd all affected the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals, with more to come.
In the biggest move, pitcher Jimmy Reed has been promoted to Double-A Springfield. His former teammate, first baseman Luke Voit, has been bounced back down to extended spring training. Utilityman Mason Katz was placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to June 1.
Two of the Palm Beach replacements come from extended spring training, first baseman Cole Lankford and outfielder Derek Gibson. One Beach Birds roster spot remains open while Springfield has yet to shed an active player to make room for Reed.
Reed Earns a Move Up
With Springfield down one starting pitcher due to Kyle Hald’s injury, the organization made a move in promoting Reed from Palm Beach. The 24-year-old left-hander was the Florida State League’s Pitcher of the Week for the May 18-24 period and has not allowed a run in his last two starts, totaling 16 innings.
On the season, Reed has a 2.15 ERA with 34 strikeouts against an amazingly-low total of four walks in 54 1/3 innings. He also had a two-start tryout with Springfield last season when he had a 4.91 ERA. Reed’s next start for Palm Beach was scheduled for Thursday evening.
Inconsistent Voit Backed Down
2015 has been a tale of two seasons for Voit, 24. In April, the right-handed hitter was red hot, with 11 RBI in 20 games and a slash line of .329/.425/466/.891. In May, while he again plated 11 (in 29 contests), for a team-leading (tied) total of 22, his line plummeted to .215/.317/.243/.560. In addition, last month, Voit struck out at a 30.8 percent rate.
Versatile Katz Shelved
Losing Katz was a blow to Palm Beach as he would have been the likely first base replacement for Voit. That isn’t all the former LSU star can do, however. This season, the 24-year-old has played six different positions, (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, RF, DH) including making his professional catching debut on May 22. Jimmy Reed pitched a complete game shutout and Katz threw out the only base runner who attempted a steal.
The left-handed hitter’s line is .256/.348/.361/.709. His 21 RBI in 48 games is just one off a share of the Palm Beach team lead.
A former Texas A&M standout, Lankford primarily played third base and outfield for the 2014 Johnson City Cardinals. The 22-year-old, a left-handed hitter, put together a .257/.309/.393/.702 line in the Appalachian League last summer.
Lankford will be making his 2015 debut with Palm Beach.
Gibson Looks to Recreate 2014 Magic
Gibson, 24, is back with Palm Beach, where he provided a late-season shot in the arm in 2014 after having completed a successful professional rookie season with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. There, he batted .301 and was named The Cardinal Nation’s Rookie Player of the Year. The former Southeast Missouri State star was signed by St. Louis as a non-drafted free agent last June.
Update: Petree Parked
Springfield placed Nick Petree on the seven-day disabled list in what is being called a precautionary move. The right-handed starter is suffering from lower back discomfort. The 24-year-old has struggled recently, having allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts, 12 1/3 innings. His ERA in the season is 4.91.
Wednesday Update: Acevedo Added
In the transactions detailed above, Palm Beach was one player short. That was remedied on Wednesday when the Cardinals organization assigned outfielder Jhohan Acevedo from Extended Spring Training.
The 22-year-old Venezuelan played for State College last season, where the right-handed hitter posted a line of .256/.312/.317/.629. Acevedo also filled in for six games at Palm Beach in 2014.
Wednesday Update: Gonzalez Ready
Palm Beach catcher Jose Gonzalez, who went on the seven-day disabled list seven days ago, was activated by the Florida State League club on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old, signed as a free agent during the off-season, plays sparingly, with just 36 at-bats over 10 games. He struggled to a .194/.275/.222/.497 line before his DL stay.
Wednesday Update: Radack Parked
Palm Beach placed outfielder Collin Radack on the seven-day disabled list on Wednesday. Since his promotion from Peoria 10 games ago, the 23-year-old has 10 singles in 35-at-bats for a .286 average.
There will be more!
When other transactions across the Cardinals system are announced on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3rd, they will be added to this article.
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