Sunday Cardinals Minor League Transactions

News on a baker's dozen players across the St. Louis Cardinals system from St. Louis to Johnson City.

Lyons Not Moving

Ok, so the first move is a non-move. As of now, Tyler Lyons is expected to take injured Lance Lynn’s next turn on Thursday so will not be immediately returned to Triple-A Memphis, reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

On Saturday, Lyons allowed two runs and three hits over five innings at Busch Stadium vs. Kansas City and earned his first Major League win of the season.

10 is a Bad Number for Stoppelman

The steady decline of relief pitcher Lee Stoppelman continues as the left-hander has been sent down to A-Advanced Palm Beach from Double-A Springfield. The 25-year-old opened the season on the disabled list after a shoulder injury.

Stoppelman was activated three weeks ago, on May 24, and has pitched sparingly since. In five Texas League outings totaling four innings, he was shredded for a whopping 10 runs on 10 hits and 10 walks. He fanned just three.

The former Central Missouri standout reached Triple-A late in the 2013 season, but has struggled since, posting a 5.47 ERA between Springfield and Memphis in 2014.

Herget Gets Double-A Shot

St. Louis has promoted right-handed reliever Kevin Herget to Double-A Springfield. The 24-year-old, the Cards’ 39th-round draft pick in 2013, had been on the roster of Palm Beach. There, he posted a 1.82 ERA over 34 2/3 innings in 19 games. Herget struck out 38 and walked 10.

The New Jersey native will be making his Texas League debut.

Sabatino Sidelined

On Sunday, Palm Beach placed reliever Steve Sabatino on the seven-day disabled list. The 25-year-old right-hander threw the eighth inning Saturday night for the Florida State League club, yielding four runs and taking the loss.

On the season, over 25 innings and 19 games, Sabatino has a 3.60 ERA. He struck out 18 and issued nine free passes.

Escudero Escalated

To replace Sabatino at Palm Beach, the Cardinals organization promoted Jonathan Escudero from State College. The 21-year-old native of Colombia will be making his 2015 debut.

The right-hander pitched for Johnson City last summer, logging a 2.68 ERA in 40 1/3 relief innings over 20 games. Escudero struck out 56 and walked just 20 while holding Appalachian League hitters to a collective .190 average, earning The Cardinal Nation’s JC Cardinals Reliever of the Year honors for 2014.

Gerdel Joins Peoria

22-year-old Venezuelan Anderson Gerdel is a new member of the Class-A Peoria Chiefs and will be making his 2015 debut.

The right-handed reliever was with Johnson City for much of 2014, where he had a stellar 1.50 ERA. In five games with State College, the going was tougher, has he allowed five runs in nine innings for a 5.00 ERA. Between the two stops, Gerdel had 41 strikeouts against seven walks in 39 innings pitched.

Chief Wirsu

Reliever Josh Wirsu is another new Peoria Chief, having been promoted from Johnson City on Sunday. The 21-year-old will be making his 2015 debut.

Last season out of the Johnson City pen, the right-hander, taken in the 30th round of the 2014 draft, struggled in limited action. Wirsu was touched for six earned runs in 8 2/3 innings, striking out just two while walking eight.

Bray Bumped

The Cardinals organization shifted right-handed reliever Tyler Bray from full-season Peoria down to short-season Johnson City. The 23-year-old right-hander joined the Chiefs on April 15 from extended spring training camp. With Peoria, Bray had an ERA of 5.60 in 27 1/3 innings over 18 Midwest League games.

Last season, Bray split his time between State College and Peoria. The Cards’ 26th-rounder from the 2014 draft has yet to pitch in the Appalachian League.

Villegas Traveling East

Right-hander Kender Villegas is joining Bray on his shift downward but is going from Peoria to State College. This move is somewhat reasonable considering Villegas pitched at Johnson City last season. He had joined Peoria on May 18 from extended spring training camp.

With the Chiefs, the 22-year-old right-hander pitched well, logging a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings over seven games. Villegas fanned 17 and walked just three, but yielded two long balls in his four weeks with the Chiefs. The Venezuelan native also filled in for one game with Palm Beach earlier in the season.

27th Round – Greg Tomchick

Among the initial reporters to the State College Spikes of the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League is pitcher Greg Tomchick. The right-hander was taken in the 20th round of this year’s draft from Old Dominion.

For background on Tomchick, click here.

32nd Round – Thomas Spitz

Along with Tomchick, another new Cardinal has reported to State College, Thomas Spitz. The outfielder was St. Louis’ 32nd round selection from Wingate University.

For background on Spitz, click here.

Third Round – Harrison Bader and Seventh Round – Jesse Jenner

Two other players set to join the Spikes are third-rounder Harrison Bader and seventh round selection Jesse Jenner, though neither are yet with the club. The information comes from State College manager Johnny Rodriguez via the Centre Daily Times.

Outfielder Bader and his Florida Gators are in Omaha competing in the College World Series while catcher Jenner hails from the University of San Diego. For background on Bader and Jenner, click here.

Rounds 6, 14, 17, 19, 39 and 40 Tentatively Committed

Via internet sources, Twitter or newspaper articles, the following six seem to be committed to joining the Cardinals. Most appear to be on their way to Florida for physicals and signing, but as of yet, no signings are official.

They are LHP Nick Evans, sixth round, RHP Carson Cross 14th round, C Chris Chinea 17th and still playing in the CWS, C Ryan McCarvel 19th, 1B R.J. Dennard 39th and SS Joey Hawkins 40th.

Check the Roster Matrix

Until draftees are officially signed and assigned to teams, they will not appear as active on The Cardinal Nation’s minor league team rosters. However, the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog indicates which draftees are rumored to have signing agreements in place, so keep an eye there to get the most current news.

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