Wisdom, Petree Top Cards Monday Minors News

Major honor for rebounding hitter Patrick Wisdom while Springfield's Nick Petree makes a move south among Monday news across the St. Louis Cardinals system.

As the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals take the field for the start of the second half of the 2015 regular season Monday night, the Florida State League club will have four new players among its 25 active.

Previously disclosed over the weekend here at The Cardinal Nation are the returns of reliever Ronnie Shaban and catcher Jose Gonzalez from Double-A Springfield and the promotion of outfielder Blake Drake from Class-A Peoria.

The other new Beach Bird is another former Beach Bird. Nick Petree is coming off Springfield’s disabled list to start for Palm Beach at Fort Myers on Tuesday night.

Three of the four departing from the Palm Beach active roster are heading backward in the organizational structure. Pitcher Jonathan Escudero and catcher Jose Godoy are moving to State College, a more appropriate level for their current skills, while reliever Cody Schumacher is being shifted to Peoria.

The final move is outfielder C.J. McElroy to Palm Beach’s seven-day disabled list.

Petree Working His Way Back

On June 2nd, Petree was placed on Springfield’s seven-day disabled list in what was called a precautionary move. The right-handed starter suffered from lower back discomfort. The 24-year-old had struggled before the move, having allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts, 12 1/3 innings. His ERA in the season is 4.91.

Before his promotion to Double-A for the final start of 2014, Petree made 17 starts for Palm Beach, logging a 2.45 ERA.

Escudero to NYPL

Escudero, 21, had been added to Palm Beach from extended spring training on June 14 when Steve Sabatino went on the disabled list. Now, the Colombian native is joining State College. In his lone Florida State League appearance, Escudero allowed a solo home run in 1 2/3 innings.

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.

Godoy Going and Gone

Godoy, 20, made his 2015 and Palm Beach debut with a single and a walk in seven plate appearances over three games since joining the club from extended spring training on May 30th. Now the Venezuelan is on his way to State College.

Last season at Johnson City, Godoy posted a solid line of .331/.423/.390 in 118 at-bats over 36 Appalachian League games. He also had four at-bats last season with Palm Beach in an earlier fill-in opportunity.

Schumacher Packing This Time

Right-handed reliever Schumacher has been sent to Peoria from Palm Beach. The 24-year-old from Missouri State has been well-traveled this season while staying in the same city. He began in EST, then joined Palm Beach on April 13 when Ronnie Shaban was injured. The Cardinals’ 36th-round draft pick last June was then returned to EST on May 18th, only to be brought back four days later.

Schumacher appeared in 18 games out of Palm Beach’s bullpen, logging a 5.34 ERA to go with 21 strikeouts and seven walks in 32 FSL innings. He will be making his Midwest League debut.

Mc Elroy Wounded

At this point, the nature and seriousness of McElroy’s physical problem is unknown. Once seemingly injury plagued, the 22-year-old outfielder remained healthy for the entire 2014 season, putting together an all-star campaign for Peoria.

In his Palm Beach debut in 2015, the switch-hitter has posted a line comparable to his career numbers at .260/.345/.329/.674 in 231 at-bats over 61 FSL games. McElroy is third in the Cardinals system with 21 stolen bases (in 30 attempts) this season.

Wisdom Tops in Texas League

Third baseman Patrick Wisdom, pulled out of Springfield about six weeks ago for a period of hitting instruction in Florida, has really found his groove over the last week. As a result, the 23-year-old is the Texas League Player of the Week for the period of June 15-21.

Wisdom went 9-for-28 (.321), including a double and four home runs. Though he drew no walks, the right-handed hitter slugged .786 for an OPS of 1.107 during the period. Wisdom’s 13 RBI over the last seven days is just one short of the total of the next two closest players in the entire Cardinals system.

Four Draftees Sign Bring Total to 27

The Cardinals now have deals with at least 27 of their 42 2015 draftees. The latest four have yet to be formally announced by the organization, but three are active on the State College roster. They are pitchers Max Almonte (16th round), Brennan Leitao (26th) and Luke Harrison (35th).

In addition, eighth-rounder Ian Oxnevad’s $500,000 bonus has been disclosed, but not yet his team assignment. For house-keeping purposes, the left-handed pitcher is temporarily parked on the GCL roster here at The Cardinal Nation, given that is his most likely destination.

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