Cardinals System News: Monday, August 17

Monday’s news and notes across the St. Louis Cardinals system – awards, injuries and a return.

The Springfield Cardinals swept the Texas League Pitcher and Player of the Week Awards for the period of August 10-16.

Diaz Dominates

Though he was dropped from the organization’s 40-man roster last month, shortstop Aledmys Diaz isn’t letting it affect his performance. The 25-year-old Cuban is the Double-A league’s Player of the Week after going 10-for-23 (.435) over five games, including two doubles a home run, six RBI, three runs scored and two walks.

Reyes Rules

Right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes, the Cardinals organization’s top prospect, is the top pitcher in the Double-A circuit last week. The 20-year-old struck out 10 Frisco batters over six scoreless one-hit innings to earn his first Double-A win last Friday. Reyes walked just one.

Poncedeleon Sidelined

The Palm Beach Cardinals placed right-handed starting pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon on the seven-day disabled list on Monday due to shoulder soreness. The move is retroactive to August 15. The 23-year-old has been one of the rising stars in the system this season, ranked 21st on The Cardinal Nation’s most recent top Cardinals prospect list.

In seven outings at Palm Beach, Poncedeleon has a 5-0 record with a 1.49 ERA to go with 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 42 1/3 innings. Earlier in the season with Peoria, he logged a 2.47 ERA over 76 2/3 Midwest League frames.

The organization did not immediately announce a replacement for Poncedeleon at Palm Beach.

DSL Second-Hand Reports

Former TCN staffer Josh Jones reaches out to a number of Dominican Summer League players and reported the following four items, none of which have been confirmed with the Cardinals.

Diego Cordero has been out since July 23rd due to hernia surgery. The 17-year-old lefty has a 3.52 ERA in his rookie campaign, with 10 strikeouts and three walks in 15 1/3 innings.

Angel Estevez has missed the entire season to date with shoulder issues, but the 18-year-old right-hander made his 2015 debut on Monday. The Dominican Republic native had a rough go, striking out one, but walking three and yielding two runs, one earned, in his 1/3 inning pitched.

Jesus Garcia required elbow surgery but is rehabbing in Jupiter and hopes to begin pitching in January. The 17-year-old right-hander was signed from Mexico during the off-season and has yet to make his official professional debut. Garcia has been on the disabled list all season long.

Frendy Gavin was released by the Cardinals on Saturday. After missing the 2014 season, the 20-year-old right-hander returned with a 7.27 ERA in 8 2/3 innings over 10 appearances this season. Gavin struck out seven and walked seven.

More News on the Way

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

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