Cardinals System News: Saturday, August 8

Saturday’s news and notes across the St. Louis Cardinals system – moves, awards and more.

Five Spikes Named NYPL All-Stars

Infielders Casey Grayson and Leobaldo Pina, outfielder Michael Pritchard, and pitchers Landon Beck and Juan Perez have been named to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. The Spikes will be part of the South team which will take on the North in Aberdeen, MD on Tuesday, August 18.

In 2014, State College had four All-Stars, pitchers Will Anderson and Kyle Grana and infielders Robelys Reyes and Darren Seferina.

Grayson All-Star Repeater

Grayson, a Cypress, TX native, is batting .331, third in the NYPL, just two points behind the leader. The University of Houston product has hit 11 doubles and scored 27 runs batted in and a .429 on-base percentage. The first baseman was an Appalachian League All-Star last season with Johnson City.

Five Spikes Named NYPL All-Stars

Pina has played in 44 of the Spikes’ first 46 games as the regular shortstop. The Turmero, Venezuela native is batting .281 with two home runs and 25 runs batted in. The shortstop’s 48 hits are tied for fifth-most in the league.

Pritchard All-Star Again

Pritchard, a native of Omaha, NE and a University of Nebraska product, is hitting .273 with seven doubles and seven RBI through the season’s first 46 games. The outfielder leads the Spikes with 10 stolen bases. The 2014 free agent signee was an All-Star last season in the Gulf Coast League.

Perez’ Pitching Prominent

Perez, who matched a Spikes record with 10 strikeouts in a game on July 18, is fourth in the league in earned run average at 2.43. The right-hander from San Felipe, Venezuela has made eight starts this year, with a 4-2 record and 36 strikeouts over 40 2/3 innings.

Beck Among Best

Beck, a right-hander from Anderson University in South Carolina, is 10th in the NYPL in ERA at 2.79, and has struck out 44 batters while walking just eight over his first nine appearances.

Silfredo Garcia Recognized

The Cardinals have promoted pitcher Silfredo Garcia from Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield for the first time. In his first year as a reliever in 2015, the 24-year-old Venezuelan logged a 2.54 ERA in 28 2/3 Florida State League innings. Garcia fanned 23 and walked six.

Valera Steps Back

Considered among the better prospects in the Cardinals system coming off an Arizona Fall League stint last season, second baseman-outfielder Breyvic Valera has struggled at Springfield this season. On Saturday, the 23-year-old native of Venezuela was bumped down to high-A Palm Beach.

In 313 at-bats over 90 Texas League games, Valera’s line was just .240/.299/.297/.596. He stole 19 bases in 21 attempts. In six career seasons, Valera is a .302 hitter.

Perdomo’s Future and Present

The Cardinals’ representative in the 2015 MLB Futures Game, pitcher Luis Perdomo, has been promoted from Peoria to Palm Beach. He takes Garcia’s spot on the A-Advanced club.

The 22-year-old Dominican was a starting pitcher in the 2015 Midwest League All-Star Game. For Peoria, Perdomo posted a 3.68 ERA in 17 starts. He struck out 100 and walked 31 in 100 1/3 Midwest League innings.

The right-hander has struggled recently, however, with 16 earned runs allowed in his last three starts totaling 16 innings for a 9.00 ERA.

Gibson’s Slide Continues

Outfielder Derek Gibson, who had progressed to Double-A Springfield in July, has been moved down again, this time from Palm Beach to Peoria.

In his second stint in the Florida State League this season which began on July 24, the 24 year-old went 7-for-25 (.280), all singles, with two walks and three RBI in eight games.

This will be Gibson’s Midwest League debut.

More News on the Way

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

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