Cardinals System News: Thursday, August 6

Thursday’s news and notes across the St. Louis Cardinals system – moves and more.

Cruzing Upward

The Cardinals shifted catcher Luis Cruz from Class-A Peoria all the way up to Double-A Springfield. Though the Texas League Cardinals have not yet disclosed their associated move, it could be to replace Michael Ohlman. As The Cardinal Nation’s Derek Shore reported, Ohlman left Wednesday’s game after fouling a ball off his leg.

The other catcher on Springfield’s roster is veteran Alberto Rosario.

Cruz, 22, has a line of .225/.284/.288/.572 in 191 at-bats over his first 57 Midwest League games.

Katz is Ready

The A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals get a key bat back Thursday night in Mason Katz. The utilityman missed after over two months. In three Gulf Coast League rehab games, Katz went 5-for-10 with a home run and three RBI.

This season, the 24-year-old has played six different positions for the Florida State League club, (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, RF, DH) including making his professional catching debut on May 22. The left-handed hitter’s line is .256/.348/.361/.709 and he drove in 21 in 48 games.

Katz was ranked 39th in The Cardinal Nation’s June top prospect rankings.

Massi Moved

To accommodate Katz at Palm Beach, the Cardinals returned infielder Michael Massi to Peoria. There, he takes Cruz’ roster spot.

After competing in the Gulf Coast League last season, the 23-year-old joined Peoria from extended spring training for June 15-23, but did not get in any action. He was moved to Palm Beach, where he posted a line of .175/.306/.175/.481 in 40 at-bats in 17 Florida State League games.

Update: Ohlman Idled

As expected, Springfield placed Michael Ohlman on the seven-day disabled list on Thursday. No structural damage was found except bad bruising and swelling near the knee area, reports TCN’s Springfield reporter Derek Shore.

Ohlman, a 2015 Texas League All-Star, leads the S-Cards with 58 RBI in 80 games. The 24-year-old is two home runs off a share of the team lead with 11. Ohlman is second on the club with a .299 batting average, third in slugging at .466 and second in OPS at .844.

Update: Medrano Makes Big Move

The Cardinals moved one of their top pitchers from the Dominican Summer League to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in right-hander Ronald Medrano. The 19-year-old Nicaraguan Native logged a 2.20 ERA in 11 appearances, including seven starts, in the 2015 DSL, his third season at the level. In 49 innings this season, Medrano fanned 35 and walked 12.

Update: Parra Promoted

Right-hander Frederis Parra is moving up, from the GCL rotation to Johnson City. The 20-year-old had three terrible July outings, bloating his short-season ERA to 10.50. At least Parra’s final two outings in the GCL were scoreless, covering 3 2/3 innings. Perhaps a change of scenery will help him maintain some positive momentum. Parra had been with Johnson City briefly when the short-season schedule opened in June, but did not pitch.

Update: McCarvel Backed Down to Beach

Catcher Ryan McCarvel, St. Louis’ 19th-rounder from the 2015 draft, has been reassigned to the GCL from Johnson City. In the Appalachian League, the 20-year-old performed credibly at the plate, with a line of .282/.337/.482/.819 in 85 at-bats over 25 games. The right-handed hitter launched three long balls and plated 14.

More News on the Way

As additional news across the Cardinals system comes to light on Thursday, it will be added here.

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