Cardinals System News: Saturday, July 18

Saturday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system – promotions, events and more releases.

Williams Draws Short Straw

With the return of pitcher Nick Greenwood to the Memphis Redbirds from St. Louis, the Triple-A club needed to clear a roster spot. Moving down to Double-A Springfield is infielder Matt Williams.

In his Memphis debut, the 25-year-old had been with the team all season, posting a line of .227/.351/.281/.632 in 128 at-bats over 55 Pacific Coast League contests. Williams first reached Springfield late in the 2013 season and spent almost all of last summer there.

Springfield had a roster opening so did not need to make room for Williams.

Mayers Motivated

As expected, Springfield activated Saturday’s starting pitcher, right-hander Mike Mayers, off the seven-day disabled list, where he had been for just over two months with a forearm strain.

Since July 10, Mayers made three rehab appearances in the Gulf Coast League. In seven innings there, he allowed one run on six hits and no walks and fanned seven.

His roster spot was cleared by the following move.

Nazario Not Needed

Just a few days after the Cardinals released a reliever from Springfield, Jordan Swagerty, they cut another long-time member of the Double-A bullpen. This time, it was left-hander Iden Nazario, who first reached the Texas League three seasons ago, in 2012.

The 26-year-old logged a 2.87 ERA in 37 2/3 innings over 28 games. Nazario struck out 34 and walked 19 in 2015. He was the Cardinals’ 30th-round draft pick in 2010.

Reyes Ready

On Saturday, the Cardinals activated right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes off the seven-day disabled list. The 20-year-old hit the DL on June 25th, meaning he missed both the Florida State League All-Star Game and the MLB All-Star Futures Game.

Sidelined with shoulder soreness and/or bicep tightness, Reyes returned on the 13th and threw three scoreless innings in a rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League. His Palm Beach ERA is 2.08. Reyes has 90 strikeouts and 30 walks in 60 2/3 Florida State League innings.

Wilson in Finals

Through seven games for Team USA in the Pan American Games, Memphis’ Jacob Wilson is hitting .322 with a double, two home runs, three RBI and seven runs scored.

Team USA will take on the host Canadian team for the Gold Medal Sunday evening. The loser will bring home the Silver. The finals will be streamed here starting at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Garcia Still Red Hot

Though team Puerto Rico was eliminated for the Gold Medal in the Pan American Games semifinal on Saturday, Springfield’s Anthony Garcia has raked all week long. In seven games, the outfielder blasted five home runs and drove in 17. His line is .408/.452/1.000/1.452.

Puerto Rico will take on Cuba in the Bronze Medal game Sunday afternoon.

Ehrlich Exits

The Cardinals have released catcher Adam Ehrlich off the roster of the Class-A Peoria Chiefs. Though only 22 years of age, Ehrlich was in his fourth year in the system and was not getting traction with the bat. In 53 at-bats over 16 Chiefs games, Ehrlich had a line of .132/.233/.132/.365.

O’Keefe Moves Up

In his second season with the short-season Class-A State College Spikes, catcher Brian O’Keefe is batting just .143. Still, he was promoted to Peoria on Saturday, to take Ehrlich’s place. Perhaps a change of scenery will help the 22-year-old, who has a line of .143/.189/.224/.413 with the Spikes.

Drongesen Called

To backfill O’Keefe, the Spikes were assigned catcher Riley Drongesen from Johnson City. In his first professional action, the June free agent signee struggled to the tune of two hits in 20 at-bats. His Appalachian League line was .100/.208/.100/.308/.

Three DSL All-Stars

On Sunday, the Dominican Summer League will hold its All-Star Game, hosted by the Colorado Rockies. The Cardinals will have three representatives on the National League squad, their largest showing since 2011.

In an interesting turn, all three are position players. Since at least 2010, when Carlos Martinez made the team, the Cards have had a pitcher on the mid-season squad every year – until now.

The three are infielder Carlos Rodriguez and outfielders Brian Sanchez and Wadye Ynfante.

Rodriguez, a first baseman, is second on the team with a .315 batting average and leads the DSL Cards with 29 runs scored. Sanchez’ .845 OPS is two points ahead of Rodriguez despite his .275 batting average due to his power. The first-year player leads the team with six home runs and 38 RBI. Ynfante tops the DSL Cards in batting average (.355), doubles (11 – tied with Rodriguez), slugging (.554) and OPS (.943).

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