Cardinals Keep the Minor League Moves Coming

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals made several transactions to keep full-season rosters at capacity.

Though short-season players are either reporting or will soon be joining their assigned teams, roster openings up stream in the Cardinals system are requiring alterations to those plans.

Ehrlich Sidelined

The Class-A Peoria Chiefs placed Adam Ehrlich on the seven-day disabled list on Monday due to a lower back injury. The catcher, who has also played some first base for the Midwest League club, has only appeared in seven games since being activated on May 14.

During that time, the 22-year-old had more walks, five, than hits, four singles, in 26 plate appearances. Ehrlich’s slash line is .190/.346/.190/.537. The left-handed hitter opened the season at Springfield without appearing in game action and was on that club’s DL from April 9 until joining Peoria one month ago.

Massi Moving

To replace Ehrlich on the Chiefs’ active roster, the Cardinals moved up infielder Michael Massi, the club’s third new addition in two days. The 21-year-old was an undrafted free agent in 2014 from Mercer University whose rights were acquired from the indy-ball Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League last June.

Last summer, Massi played in 34 games for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, with a line of .210/.341/.276/.617 in his first 105 professional at-bats. With the Chiefs, the right-handed hitter will be making his official 2015 debut.

Reyes Tops in Texas

The Springfield Cardinals feature their second consecutive Texas League Pitcher of the Week, with Arturo Reyes following last week’s winner Thomas Lee as tops for the period of June 8-14.

For the week, the 23-year-old tossed 13 2/3 scoreless innings on just five hits and three walks while striking out 15. In his second outing, on Sunday, Reyes carried a no-hitter for 6 2/3 innings, having retired 18 straight between a two-out walk in first and a two-out walk in the seventh.

Rowland Fifth MWL All-Star

On Monday, the Peoria Chiefs announced that right-handed reliever Robby Rowland has been added to the roster of the West team for the Midwest League All-Star Game. The event will be held in Peoria on Tuesday, June 23.

Rowland, 23, is 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA with nine saves in 22 games. The right-hander has struck out 35 batters and walked just four in 31 innings. Midwest League batters are hitting just .170 against Rowland. He is tied for first in the MWL in appearances with 22 and third in saves.

Other Chiefs All-Stars are pitchers Daniel Poncedeleon, Austin Gomber and Luis Perdomo along with starting shortstop Oscar Mercado.

14 of 42 and Counting

Based on my unconfirmed count, at least 14 of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 42 draftees from last week have committed to sign with the organization. They include six of the dozen selections through the first 10 rounds, governed by the $7,387,600 pool allocation.

Though the roster pages here at The Cardinal Nation will not be updated until official signings and roster assignments are made, the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog reflects the tentative known status of all St. Louis’ draftees.

There will be more!

When other transactions across the Cardinals system are announced on Monday, June 15, they will be added to this article. So check back!

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