Cardinals System News: Monday, July 20

Monday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system – a promotion as well as a repeat injury and a lot more!

Report: Piscotty Promoted

Outfielder/first baseman Stephen Piscotty is being promoted from Triple-A Memphis and will join the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago for Tuesday’s series opener against the White Sox, reports Rob Rains. In an American League stadium, the designated hitter will be used. The Redbirds are opening a road series in New Orleans on Monday night.

Last week, the organization’s top position player prospect was moved to first base, where he has made six starts. That is St. Louis’ immediate need defensively. The Cardinals’ sputtering offense needs help even more, however. In his second season with Memphis, Piscotty’s line is .272/.366/.475/.841. His 28 doubles are fourth in the Pacific Coast League as are his 46 walks. He has 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 87 games.

The corresponding transactions have yet to be announced. First of all, a player has to be taken off St. Louis’ active roster. Based on positions, Dan Johnson is a prime suspect. So is outfielder Tommy Pham. Second, a 40-man roster spot will need to be cleared for Piscotty. A player could either be removed from the 40-man or an injured player could be moved from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.

Piscotty seems to be the Cardinals’ last internal shot to keep them from acquiring a veteran first baseman via trade. Though the non-waiver trade deadline is July 31, many players can still find new homes in August.

Seferina Thumbed Out Again

On Monday, Peoria placed second baseman Darren Seferina on the seven-day disabled list due to a left-thumb contusion (bruise). The 21-year-old hasn’t played since last Wednesday, July 15 so the move is retroactive to July 16.

The news is concerning for two reasons. First, the Chiefs are losing their leadoff hitter, who batted .410 in June, when he was The Cardinal Nation’s system-wide Player of the Month, and .290 here in July. Secondly, Seferina was out with the same injury from May 13-22.

Jake Gronsky has been playing second base for the Chiefs in the interim. With the move, Peoria is currently at 24 active players.

Update: Perez Best in NYPL

The New York-Penn League named State College right-hander Juan Perez its Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 13-19. Last week, the 19-year-old threw seven innings of shutout ball at the visiting Batavia Muckdogs. Perez tied the Spikes team record with 10 strikeouts, walked two and allowed just two hits.

In the process, Perez lowered his season ERA to 2.70 over five starts. Prior to the season, the Venezuelan native was The Cardinal Nation's 40th-ranked prospect in the system.

Update: Wilson Returns

Jacob Wilson has been activated off Memphis’ temporarily inactive list. The infielder played second base for silver medal-winning Team USA in the Pan American Games in Canada last week before returning to the Redbirds on Monday. Wilson finished the Games having gone 9-for-31 (.290) with a double, two home runs, seven runs scored and four RBI.

Update: Thomas’ Test Passed

In the corresponding Memphis transaction to make room for Wilson, reliever Chris Thomas was returned to Springfield. In his successful debut stint with the Redbirds, the 27-year-old threw six innings over two outings, yielding just one run. The right-hander allowed only two hits, walked none and struck out five.

Update: O’Neill is Active

On Monday, outfielder Mike O’Neill was activated from Springfield’s seven-day disabled list. The 27-year-old had been out since July 6 with a hamstring injury after playing just three games since coming off the DL the previous time. Following his demotion from Memphis, O’Neill has a line of .375/.493/.464/.957 in 56 at-bats over 17 Texas League games this season.

The Double-A Cards are also expecting Anthony Garcia back from the Pan Am Games, so more outfield moves are coming.

Update: Pham Optioned

The 25-man roster clearing portion of the Piscotty move is done. Outfielder Tommy Pham has been optioned to Memphis, according to what should be a rock-solid source, MLB.com.

In his 44 at-bats with St. Louis, the 27-year-old struggled to a line of .182/.265/.341/.606. Pham hit his first MLB home run and drove in three.

There’s More!

Check back here for additional player news from across the Cardinals system on Monday.




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