Cards 2014 Player of Year Sierra Moved Down

Among a series of roster moves at Class-A Peoria is the return of Magneuris Sierra to short-season ball.

On day two of the 2015 MLB Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals made a few moves of their own at the Class-A level, including the demotion of a top St. Louis Cardinals prospect as Magneuris Sierra has been re-assigned to the Johnson City Cardinals, the St. Louis Cardinals rookie level affiliate.

Sierra Shuttled Out

Sierra, 19, was moved from the Peoria Chiefs to the Johnson City Cardinals roster on Tuesday. What this means is Sierra will head back to Palm Beach, Florida to the Cardinals facility and wait for assignment to a short season club, likely Johnson City. Sierra’s promotion to the Peoria Chiefs at the start of 2015 was considered an aggressive placement and it looks like it was maybe too aggressive. Through 51 games, Sierra hit .191 with 52 strikeouts, he also had one home run, seven runs batted in, and four stolen bases. Sierra will look to get his confidence back at a lower level.

Mateo to Short-Season

Also heading out of Peoria is Julio Mateo. Mateo, a 19-year-old international signee from the Dominican Republic, made just two mound appearances for Peoria. In three innings, the right-hander allowed five hits, five walks, and three runs. Mateo split his 2014 season between the GCL Cardinals and the Johnson City Cardinals, his possible destination when the Cardinals’ Appalachian League affiliate opens play on June 23rd.

Castillo Returns to Peoria

Joining the Peoria Chiefs is 2014 Midwest League All-Star Ronald Castillo. Castillo, who turns 23 next week, was with the Palm Beach Cardinals earlier in the season but received a demotion to the Cardinals’ extended spring facility. With Palm Beach, Castillo hit .149 and had 23 strikeouts in 29 games. Castillo had just four extra base hits which led to a dismal .208 slugging percentage. For Peoria in 2014, Castillo hit .259 with 6 home runs and 50 runs batted in.

Llorens Working his Way Back

Dixon Llorens will make his 2015 debut with the Peoria Chiefs. The submariner had been sidelined at the Cardinals’ extended spring facility in Florida rehabbing from injury. In 2014, Llorens spent the majority of the season with the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals and had success with a 2.06 ERA over 43 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander made two late season appearances with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. I would assume that after Llorens knocks the rust off, he will probably rise through the system.

If there are any more roster moves on Tuesday, this article will be updated.

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