Cardinals System News: Tuesday, August 4

Tuesday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system – awards, promotions and a retirement.

McKinney on the Move

The Cardinals have promoted left-hander Ian McKinney from State College to Peoria. The 20-year-old earned the win on Sunday night in his final game with the Spikes, yielding three runs in five innings. With State College overall, McKinney went 5-2 with a 2.59 ERA in eight starts and one relief appearance. He fanned 45 and walked 12 in 48 2/3 New York-Penn League innings.

Petree Paces Florida State League

The Florida State League named pitcher Nick Petree its Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 27 through August 2.

Petree’s lone start for the A-Advanced Cardinals last week was magnificent. The right-hander held Brevard County to one hit and no walks over seven frames in a 9-0 win for Palm Beach.

Staton Stands Out

Allen Staton has not been in the Appalachian League long, but is standing out quickly. The 2015 free agent signee, promoted from the Gulf Coast League last month, has been named the Appy League’s Player of the Week for the period of July 27 through August 2.

Staton, 22, a versatile infielder, had a strong seven games last week. He went 10-for-28 (.357) with six of his hits going for extra bases, including three doubles, a triple, two home runs and six driven in.

Johnson is Back

After being placed on outright waivers by the Cardinals to clear a 40-man roster spot for newly-acquired Brandon Moss last weekend, first baseman Dan Johnson went unclaimed and has returned to Triple-A Memphis.

Hatley Still Fits

Like Johnson, pitcher Marcus Hatley lost his 40-man roster spot in favor of a trade addition, in this case, Jonathan Broxton. Also like Johnson, no other MLB team wanted to claim Hatley and place him on their 40-man, so the right-hander has also returned to the Triple-A Redbirds.

By my count, the returns of Johnson and Hatley put Memphis one player over its 25-man limit. With Springfield at 24 currently, a player is likely heading down to Double-A. This article will be updated when Memphis’ next move is announced.

Foody’s Frustrating Finish

The frustrating professional career of Max Foody has ended with the left-hander once again retiring. The 22-year-old’s strong 2015 comeback after missing two years due to injuries was derailed when he was placed on the 60-day disabled list with an elbow injury last month. Now, Foody has again decided to end his pitching days. This time, it could be for good.

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