Cardinals System News: Wednesday, July 22

Wednesday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system – waivers, reassignments and more!

Kelly to Jays

One day after being placed on outright waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals, infielder Ty Kelly was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. As a result, the 27-year-old moves to Toronto’s 40-man roster.

Kelly’s main claim to fame as a Cardinal was a hot first two weeks of spring training, but he cooled off before March was out and has continued to struggle at Triple-A ever since.

In 269 plate appearances this season with Memphis, the switch-hitter’s slash line was just .203/.317/.286. His 40-man roster spot was considered expendable when non-roster player Stephen Piscotty was promoted to St. Louis.

Sabatino Slips

Class-A Peoria’s roster was restored to 25 players when the Cardinals sent left-handed reliever Steve Sabatino down to the Midwest League club from A-Advanced Palm Beach. He had spent most of 2014 in the Chiefs’ bullpen.

With the exception of one rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League, the 27-year-old had been with Palm Beach in 2015. It has been a very inconsistent stretch, leading to him being dropped a level to try to regain his mojo.

Sabatino had an ok April, fantastic May and a terrible June and July. Since June 1, he has allowed nine earned runs in 8 2/3 innings on a whopping 16 hits and three walks. Sabatino hit four batters in that time compared to five strikeouts.

Cardinals Miss 2016 Competitive Balance

Only 12 of the 15 teams eligible for an extra draft pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft via the Competitive Balance Lottery received one. Among the three teams shut out were the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals used their extra pick in 2015, 39th overall, on pitcher Jake Woodford. The pick carried a value of $1,585,400, which St. Louis will be without next June.

Reyes Rising

The final announcement of Wednesday was by far the biggest. Top prospect pitcher Alex Reyes is moving up from Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield. The 20-year-old logged a 2.16 ERA and 99 strikeouts against 31 walks over 66 2/3 innings in the Florida State League.

The right-hander was out starting June 25 with shoulder discomfort and had to miss the Futures Game. Reyes returned with the GCL Cardinals on July 13 and made another start with Palm Beach on the 19th. He is expected to make his first appearance with Springfield on Friday.

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