Cardinals System News: Wednesday, July 1

Wednesday brought recognition, promotions and the St. Louis Cardinals’ 31st signee from the 2015 Draft.

Cooney is a PCL All-Star

Left-handed starting pitcher Tim Cooney has been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team by the league office, is 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA (27 earned runs in 88 2/3 innings) and 63 strikeouts against 16 walks in 14 starts for the Redbirds this season. The 24-year-old leads the league in WHIP (0.87) and batting average against (.195), is sixth in ERA, and is allowing the fewest baserunners per nine innings (8.22) among all PCL starting pitchers.

Cooney is expected to be called up to St. Louis to start on Thursday against San Diego at Busch Stadium, taking the place of injured Jaime Garcia.

Tuivailala is an All-Star, too

Right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala has been selected to the PCL All-Star team by the league office. The 22-year-old is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA (six earned runs in 27 2/3 innings in 29 games) and 23 strikeouts against 15 walks. Tuivailala co-leads the Triple-A circuit in games finished (23) and is 11-for-11 in save chances, tied for third-most in the league.

In 2014, outfielder Stephen Piscotty and pitcher Angel Castro represented Memphis in the game pitting the PCL against the best of the International League. This year’s contest will be held on Wednesday, July 15 in Omaha.

Donofrio Misses Another ASG for Promotion

To take the roster spot vacated by Marcus Hatley, promoted to St. Louis on Tuesday, reliever Joey Donofrio has been promoted from Double-A Springfield to Memphis. The 26-year-old was named to the Texas League All-Star team, but was held out of Tuesday’s game, likely in anticipation of the move.

It was like déjà vu for the right-hander. Donofrio was also named to the 2014 Texas League All-Star Game, but did not get to participate – because he had been promoted to Memphis! In 10 games for the Redbirds in 2014, Donofrio compiled a 5.40 ERA (five earned runs in 8 1/3 innings) before being returned to Double-A.

With Springfield this season, Donofrio posted a 2.84 ERA in 38 innings over 22 games. He struck out 28 and walked 14.

With Springfield off for the mid-season break until Thursday, no roster replacement for Donofrio was immediately named.

Frey Flying to Familiar Field

Right-handed reliever Nick Frey has been transferred from State College back to Peoria. Frey had joined the Chiefs from May 21-29 before being returned to extended spring training.

In three New York-Penn League games with the Spikes, the 23-year-old allowed four runs in 8 2/3 innings for a 4.15 ERA. In his earlier stint with the Midwest League Chiefs, Frey was touched for three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings for a 4.76 ERA.

The former TCU hurler competed in the Gulf Coast League last season after being selected in the 33rd round of the 2013 Draft.

Salazar Commits to Cards

High school pitcher Paul Salazar has agreed to terms with the Cardinals for $200,000, reports Jim Callas of MLB.com. The 11th-round draft pick is the first graduate of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Houston.

$100,000 of the contract will apply to the Cardinals draft pool, leaving about $300,000 excess without significant penalty if the club wants to use it to try to get other unsigned players to commit.

Salazar will be the 31st of 42 Cardinals draftees from the class of 2015 to sign. To see all unsigned draftees as well as clubs to where the signed players are competing, check the Roster Matrix.

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