Two Outfielders to Peoria Still Not Enough

The St. Louis Cardinals are in the process of restocking the Peoria Chiefs for the second half.

The Peoria Chiefs, off until Thursday for the Midwest League All-Star Game, temporarily went down three players below the 25-man limit and with just two outfielders on the active roster. That changed quickly, however.

Bryan Bruised

The first move was the Chiefs putting Vaughn Bryan on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to last Friday, June 19th, reports the Peoria Journal Star. Bryan injured his left hand running the bases last Thursday.

The 22-year-old, who played in 82 games for the 2014 Chiefs, has appeared in 24 Midwest League contests since rejoining Peoria from extended spring training. Bryan’s slash line is .272/.316/.359/.675.

Other active Peoria outfielders are Nick Thompson and Ronald Castillo.

Acevedo on the Move Again

Outfielder Jhohan Acevedo was promoted to Peoria from State College. In his five games with the Spikes this week, the right-handed hitter went 2-for-12 (.125), both singles.

Earlier, the 22-year-old was an injury fill-in with Palm Beach and went 0-for-6 including two strikeouts in his two games in the Florida State League from June 2-8. Acevedo appeared in 56 games with State College in 2014, batting .256.

Peoples-Walls Back to MWL

Outfielder Kenny Peoples-Walls also is making the move to Peoria from State College. In the case of the 21-year-old, it is a return. The former shortstop batted .230 in 81 games last season with the Chiefs before being bumped down to the Spikes, where he batted just .224 in 20 New York-Penn League contests.

This season, in three games with State College, the right-handed hitter went 0-for-8 with three strikeouts.

Peoria remains one player short of its 25 maximum allowed.

Aikin Already Promoted

To help replace Acevedo and Peoples-Walls at State College, the Cardinals promoted Craig Aikin from Johnson City. St. Louis’ 13th rounder this June hails from the University of Oklahoma.

In Aikin’s one game in the Appalachian League, the 21-year-old went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.

Swirchak Steps Up

Along with Aikin, recently-signed free agent infielder Josh Swirchak is moving from Johnson City to State College. The 22-year-old from Wilmington College in Delaware did not appear in game action during his very brief time in the Appalachian League, officially two days.

Chinea to Report Soon?

One replacement for Johnson City appears to be on his way. According to a report in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, LSU junior catcher Chris Chinea was set to sign with the Cardinals today, Wednesday June 24th. St. Louis’ 17th rounder will report to the Appalachian League Cardinals, said the paper’s account. The Cardinals have yet to make an announcement.

Update: On Thursday morning, I was able to confirm that the deals of both Chinea and Ian Oxnevad (eighth round) are done. Oxnevad will likely join the GCL Cardinals, though neither have yet been activated.

Brookshire Done

Pitcher Chase Brookshire has decided to retire. The 24-year-old left-hander first joined the organization as St. Louis’ 20th round selection in the 2013 draft. The Tennessee native started and relieved in his two seasons as a professional, with State College in 2013 and Peoria last. Brookshire finishes with a 3.55 career ERA and 101 strikeouts against 26 walks in 131 2/3 mound innings.

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