Cardinals System News: Saturday, July 11

Saturday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system includes promotions and more promotions, with Chris Thomas leading the way.

Thomas Departs Texas League

With Memphis having lost two pitchers to St. Louis on Saturday in Sam Tuivailala and Nick Greenwood, they received one. The newest Redbird is reliever Chris Thomas, up for the first time to Triple-A from Double-A Springfield.

The 2015 Texas League mid-season All-Star threw 49 innings over 30 contests for Springfield. The 27-year-old logged a 2.76 ERA and struck out 48 and walked just seven.

Lucas Leaves Florida

To backfill Thomas for the Double-A Cardinals is Josh Lucas. The reliever will be making his Texas League debut after posting a 1.55 ERA for Palm Beach in 40 2/3 innings in 27 games. The 24-year-old struck out 30 and issued nine free passes.

Lucas was replaced at Palm Beach by Robby Rowland, whose roster move we reported on Friday.

Llorens Ready Again

Rowland’s replacement at Class-A Peoria is reliever Dixon Llorens, who was activated off the Midwest League club’s seven-day disabled list. The 22-year-old went down with a hip injury on June 29th. Llorens was active just 20 days after spending the first two months of the season on Palm Beach’s disabled list.

In his initial Peoria stint this season, Llores gave up five runs, four earned, in just 3 2/3 innings for a 9.82 ERA. He struck out three and walked three.

Perdomo Off to Cincy

With the All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati just ahead, the Cardinals’ lone representative, Luis Perdomo, has been placed on Peoria’s temporarily inactive list. Perdomo will compete for the World Team in Sunday’s contest, replacing injured Palm Beach hurler Alex Reyes.

Fourth Uniform for Escudero

Right-handed reliever Jonathan Escudero is on the move again. This time, the 22-year-old is being returned to Johnson City from the Gulf Coast League. This reverses a transaction that occurred one week ago, on July 4th. Escudero has also been with Palm Beach and State College in 2015.

In his brief stay in the GCL, the Colombian native threw two scoreless innings on two hits, no walks and one strikeout.

Two Hawkins are Better than One

Another player promoted from the Gulf Coast League is second baseman Joey Hawkins. On Johnson City’s roster, St. Louis’ 40th rounder from this June’s draft is joining reliever Chandler Hawkins (no relation), taken in the 33rd round.

In the GCL, Joey Hawkins began his professional career with a line of .211/.318/.211/.529 in 19 at-bats over seven games.

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