Cardinals System News: Tuesday, July 7

All of the breaking news across the St. Louis Cardinals system, kept updated on Tuesday.

Schlesener Set

Cardinals' 12th rounder Jacob Schlesener has agreed to terms with the organization. The deal is pending a physical, reports the Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. The left-handed pitcher from the Springfield, MO area had signed a letter of intent to play collegiate ball at Arkansas. The amount of the deal is $325,000 per MLB.com's Jim Callis.

When this contract is done, 32 of the 42 Cardinals draftees from the 2015 class will be signed.

Update: On Tuesday afternoon, Schlesener tweeted that his deal is official.

DeJong Heading Home

The Appalachian League career of Cardinals’ fourth-round draft pick, third baseman Paul DeJong, has ended at 10 games. The former Illinois State star has been promoted to Class-A Peoria.

The 21-year-old had a hit in all 10 of those contests for Johnson City, batting .486 overall, including six doubles and four home runs, as well as six walks against seven strikeouts. DeJong drove in at least one run in eight games, logging 15 RBI total. He was the Appy League Player of The Week in the opening week of the season.

Sohnny to the Beach

The Cardinals have promoted infielder Andrew Sohn from Peoria to Palm Beach, reports the Peoria Journal Star’s Dave Eminian. The 22-year-old has logged a line of .225/.304/.325/.629 in 191 at-bats in 58 games.

Sohn has been red-hot recently, with a six-game hitting streak, during which time the right-handed hitter is 10-for-25 (.400), including a home run and five RBI.

Eminian also expects the Chiefs to receive an outfielder from State College on Tuesday, perhaps third-rounder Harrison Bader. We will have the details as soon as they are announced.

Staton’s Wagon Packed

Infielder Allen Staton has been promoted to Johnson City from the Gulf Coast League.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent last month, the 22-year-old has crafted a line of .300/.391/.500/.891 in 40 at-bats over 11 GCL contests. Five of the right-handed batter’s 12 hits went for extra bases. Staton plated eight, stole two bags and walked more (six) than he struck out (four).

Yokley’s Commitment

If you are like me, you wondered when the Cardinals drafted and signed 29th-rounder Ben Yokley, how the May Air Force Academy graduate could play professional baseball. The Johnson City Cardinals filled in the blanks.

Yokley has a minimum two-year active duty commitment, which starts on July 28. Following that, the right-hander, who plans to become a pilot, could then finish his remaining years of service as a member of the reserves, allowing him to return to the Cardinals.

The JC club notes that Yokley has hit 97 mph on his fastball. To date, the 22-year-old has allowed no runs in four innings over two outings. He has allowed two hits, three walks and struck out three.

Three or Maybe Four More MLB All-Stars

Right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez has been selected for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote competition, in which fans select the final member of each league’s roster.

Shortstop Jhonny Peralta (third career selection) and outfielder Matt Holliday (seventh) are fan-elected starters, with catcher Yadier Molina (seventh) plus pitchers Michael Wacha and Trevor Rosenthal (both first-timers) also named to the National League roster. Molina and Rosenthal were voted in by their peers, while Wacha was a managerial selection.

Gonzales Getting Closer

Memphis left-hander Marco Gonzales is tentatively scheduled to make his first rehab start on Friday with A-Advanced Palm Beach, general manager John Mozeliak told MLB.com on Monday.

On the Triple-A disabled list with a shoulder impingement since May 19, Gonzales will begin with a 35-40 pitch limit. He will deemed ready when reaching 100 pitches, which could take three weeks. His return destination, whether Memphis or St. Louis, will depend on his results and where a pitching need exists at the time.

Update: Olivera on the Move

The Cardinals have promoted 38th round pick Orlando Olivera from the Gulf Coast League to State College. The outfielder from Missouri Baptist has hit well in his professional debut, with a line of .318/.375/.523/.898 in 44 at-bats over 10 GCL games. The 24-year-old had two home runs and 10 RBI.

Update: Bader is the One

The outfielder that Olivera is replacing at State College is Harrison Bader. The third-rounder from the 2015 draft is on his way to join Peoria of the Midwest League. The 21-year-old from the University of Florida performed well in his seven New York-Penn League games, with a line of .379/.400/.655/1.055 in 29 at-bats. Bader had two stolen bases, two home runs and four RBI with State College.

Update: Sabatino Rehab is Quick

The Cardinals returned reliever Steve Sabatino to Palm Beach. The right-hander had been on the disabled list since June 14 and began his official rehab in the Gulf Coast League on Monday. There, he threw a scoreless inning on one hit and struck out one.

On the season, the 25-year-old has a 3.60 ERA in 26 innings over 20 Florida State League games. Sabatino has struck out 19 and walked nine.

Update: Robelys Reyes to Texas League

Infielder Robelys Reyes will be making his Springfield debut following his promotion from A-Advanced Palm Beach on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old stole 18 bases and was caught nine times. His slash line is .257/.320/.304/.664 in 253 at-bats over 74 Florida State League games. At Palm Beach, Reyes was replaced by Andrew Sohn, up from Peoria.

Update: Perry Promoted

Reliever Chris Perry is joining Reyes in his move up from Palm Beach to Springfield. The 24-year-old is having a strong season, with a 1.97 ERA and a .146 batting average against. Perry fanned 34 and walked 16 in 32 Florida State League innings over 25 contests.

Update: O’Neill DLed Again

Springfield placed outfielder Mike O'Neill on the seven-day disabled list. The 27-year-old has been on and off the DL multiple times this season, most recently from June 25th to July 2nd.

After being bounced down from Memphis, O’Neill has a line of .375/.493/.464/.957 in 56 at-bats over 17 Texas League games.

Update: Anthony’s Absence

We noted that Springfield’s Anthony Garcia had been placed on the temporarily inactive list on Sunday. The reason is that the outfielder has joined the Puerto Rican team for the upcoming Pan Am Games.

Garcia’s club, now training in Canada under manager Edwin Rodriguez, will face Team USA and Memphis’ Jacob Wilson in the opener on Friday. Other teams in the tournament include Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Canada and Nicaragua.

Update: A New Recruit for Oli

With all of the moves across the system recently, rosters were a bit short of full. To help fill one gap, at A-Advanced Palm Beach, the Cardinals have signed undrafted free agent shortstop Champ Rowland.

In his senior year at the College of Charleston in 2015, Rowland batted .271 in 60 games, scored 38 runs, drove in 26 and had a .920 fielding percentage as one of the top defensive shortstops in the Colonial Athletic Association. The South Carolina native began his collegiate career at Spartanburg Methodist College, where he played with Springfield’s Bruce Caldwell, before spending his final two years at CofC.

In a press release on the signing, the school notes that Rowland has been assigned to A-Advanced Palm Beach, an aggressive initial placement. That club is managed by another former CofC middle infielder, Oliver Marmol, drafted in the sixth round by St. Louis in 2007.

Update: The initial news reported was incorrect as to Rowland's initial assignment. He is starting at a more appropriate level, the Gulf Coast League.

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