Cardinals System News: Sunday, July 19

Sunday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system – promotions as well as steps backward.

Robelys Reyes Returned

With Matt Williams having been sent down to Springfield from Memphis on Saturday, the Cardinals made two other corresponding moves with infielders. The first is the return of infielder Robelys Reyes to Palm Beach from Springfield.

The 24-year-old struggled at the plate in his four-game Texas League debut, going 0-for-11 with no walks and three strikeouts. He had been moved up on July 7.

Sohn Dialed Back

Another infielder, another return. With Reyes back to Palm Beach, Andrew Sohn also stepped downward. In the latter’s case, it is from Palm Beach back to Peoria.

The 22-year-old was overmatched at high-A, with just one single in 25 at-bats (.040) over eight games. Sohn did draw two walks and collected one RBI with Palm Beach.

The New Rowland Moving

Signed to a free agent contract on July 7, infielder Champ Rowland originally reported to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. On Sunday, the 22-year-old was moved up to short-season Class-A State College to help cover for Danny Martin, expected to be out two weeks with a groin injury.

In three GCL contests, Rowland went 1-for-7 (.143) with one walk. Champ, a South Carolina native, is not to be confused with Palm Beach reliever and Californian Robby Rowland.

Gerdel Bumped

To make room for Sohn at Peoria, the Cardinals sent reliever Anderson Gerdel to Johnson City. The 22-year-old Venezuelan pitched in seven games in the Midwest League since moving from extended spring training to the Chiefs on June 14. There, he allowed seven earned runs, including two long balls, in 15 1/3 innings for a 4.11 ERA.

Gerdel is very familiar with Johnson City, having spent most of the last two seasons in the Appalachian League.

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