Stanley Back in the Saddle
On Saturday, the Memphis Redbirds activated catcher Cody Stanley from the seven-day disabled list. The 26-year-old missed 12 games since being sidelined June 7. Stanley is batting .210 with two home runs and 14 RBI for the Redbirds in 41 games.
The backstop appeared in three games with St. Louis this season, recording his first Major League hit in his first at-bat. Stanley should return to sharing time behind the plate with Ed Easley, sent down to Memphis from St. Louis on Friday. Travis Tartamella is the Redbirds’ third catcher.
To make room for Stanley on the Memphis roster, catcher Alberto Rosario has been transferred to Double-A Springfield. Rosario hit .313 (5-for-16) in his first four games played with Memphis. The 28-year-old was moved up when Stanley went onto the disabled list.
At Springfield, Rosario is batting .224 (15-for-67) with one home run and four RBI in 20 Texas League games.
Springfield has not yet announced its corresponding player move, but it is worth noting that Palm Beach is currently one player short due to pitcher Jonathan Escudero’s transfer to State College that was announced on Friday.
Saturday Update: Reyes Not in FSL Spotlight
On Wednesday, Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes struck out a career-high 13 in just six innings. Scout Kiley McDaniel had the right-hander’s fastball clocked at 101 mph. Though the 20-year-old was named to the Florida State League South All-Star team, he did not pitch in Saturday night’s game, as the Cardinals held him out of action.
Saturday Update: Voit Voltage
Luke Voit did appear in the FSL All-Star Game at Tradition Field at Port St. Lucie, going 1-for-4, with a fifth-inning RBI single. In his final time up, the South’s designated hitter was robbed of extra bases on a gapper run down by Milwaukee prospect Clint Coulter. Voit also participated in the Home Run Derby prior to the contest and finished second.
Saturday Update: Bader Now Available
Florida outfielder Harrison Bader, the Cardinals’ third-round selection, played in the College World Series semi-final Saturday night against Virginia. The junior went 4-for-5, including a solo home run and a stolen base.
Representing the potential tying run, Bader reached base in the ninth but the Gators lost 5-4, which eliminated them from the title chase. The right-handed hitter finished his Omaha stint 8-for-23 (.349), including two home runs and five RBI. He is expected to sign with St. Louis soon.
Sunday Update: Sherriff is Back on Duty
On Sunday, reliever Ryan Sherriff was activated off the seven-day disabled list of Springfield. The left-hander has been out since April 12th. In his two pre-DL outings, Sherriff allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Moved to the bullpen last season, Sherriff is in his third season at Double-A.
Sunday Update: Gonzalez Gone
Another earlier transaction was reversed when catcher Jose Gonzalez was re-assigned to Palm Beach from Springfield of Sunday, bumped back down by the return of Rosario noted above. In 14 Double-A plate appearances, the 27-year-old drew more walks, two, than hits, one. However, Gonzalez’ made his lone safety count, as it was a home run.
The player Gonzalez is replacing on Palm Beach’s roster should be named on Monday when the Florida State League returns from its All-Star break.
Sunday Update: Shaban Heading the Same Way
To make room for Sherriff at Springfield, right-handed reliever Ronnie Shaban was returned to Palm Beach. He came up on April 13, when Sherriff went on the DL.
Shaban pitched pretty well for the Double-A Cards, striking out 12 and allowing five earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over 14 appearances for a 2.41 ERA. The downside was eight free passes issued.
As noted above, Palm Beach was already down one pitcher with Jonathan Escudero’s move down to State College, so there is room on the A-Advanced roster for Shaban.
Sunday Update: Drake Flying High
With the Peoria Chiefs heading into a three-day All-Star break, the parent Cardinals are making roster moves, with two players out. The two coming in may not be identified until Wednesday.
Outfielder Blake Drake has been promoted to A-Advanced Palm Beach, reports the Peoria Journal Star. After skipping State College, the 21-year-old struggled in his Midwest League debut this season, with a line of .219/.270/.385/.655 in 58 Midwest League games.
Sunday Update: Wirsu Back Down
Relief pitcher Josh Wirsu has been sent down to Johnson City from Peoria, the Journal Star reports. In his lone outing for the Chiefs, last Wednesday, June 17, the 21-year-old right-hander danced around two hits and two walks to log two scoreless innings of relief. Wirsu had joined Peoria on June 14 when Tyler Bray was sent down to State College.
Sunday Update: Perdomo Honored
Peoria Chiefs right-hander Luis Perdomo has been named the starting pitcher for the West Division in Tuesday’s Midwest League All-Star Game, to be held at Peoria’s Dozer Park. The decision was made by Chiefs manager Joe Kruzel and reported by the Peoria Journal Star.
In 11 starts this season, Perdomo has a 2.55 ERA to go with 68 strikeouts and 23 walks in 67 innings. Shortstop Oscar Mercado is the other Chiefs All-Star starter.
Sunday Update: Alexander Rehab
Monday’s opening of the Gulf Coast League season offers Cardinals minor leaguers from higher levels of the system who are rehabbing in Jupiter to ease their way back into game action against a lower level of competition.
Among the initial group to take advantage of this opportunity in the 2015 GCL is Peoria reliever Kevin Alexander. The 24-year-old was placed on Peoria’s seven-day DL with an elbow contusion (bruise) back on May 22. After joining the Midwest League from Palm Beach of the Florida State League, Alexander has 13 strikeouts against two walks in 13 innings over seven relief outings. His Chiefs ERA is 3.46.
Sunday Update: Staton Joins Ranks
The GCL Cardinals open the season with another new player to the organization, Allen Staton. The non-drafted free agent signee was a senior this spring at North Greenville University in South Carolina and signed by Cardinals scout Matt Blood.
The four-year starter posted a .386 batting average with 83 hits, 44 RBI and 53 runs scored. Staton was 13th in the NCAA with 23 doubles while also logging 11 home runs and five triples. His North Greenville club won the Conference Carolinas Championship and he was named to the NCCAA All-American First Team. Staton is the school’s career home run leader with 30.
Listed as a shortstop with the Crusaders, the Laurens, SC resident played multiple positions on defense during his collegiate career.
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