Cardinals System News: Tuesday, August 18

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As expected, the aftershocks of the move of Randal Grichuk to St. Louis’ disabled list on Monday continued on Tuesday, reaching down to A-ball. Several pitchers at Class-A are backfilling another DL opening. Details follow.

Garcia Gravitates

To replace Tommy Pham at Memphis, the Cardinals promoted outfielder Anthony Garcia from Springfield. It will be the 23-year-old Puerto Rican native’s first Triple-A experience.

A star from last winter’s Puerto Rican League and this summer’s Pan Am Games, Garcia hit well in his Double-A debut season with 11 home runs, 45 RBI and 40 runs scored in 87 Texas League games. The right-handed hitter’s Springfield line was .285/.400/.476/.876 in 288 at-bats.

Wiley to Double-A

Garcia’s backfill at Springfield is infielder Brett Wiley, promoted from A-Advanced Palm Beach. After jumping from State College last season to Palm Beach this year, the 23-year-old had a Florida State League line of .234/.303/.309/.612 in 93 games. Wiley also stole 18 bases in 25 attempts.

At this point, Palm Beach is still down one position player.

Schumacher is Back to the Beach

The Beach Birds received a familiar face from Peoria, reliever Cody Schumacher. The right-hander takes the roster spot of Daniel Poncedeleon, placed on the DL on Monday.

After opening the season with Palm Beach, where he had a 5.34 ERA in 18 relief outings, the 23-year-old from Missouri State was sent back a level. Schumacher was strong with the Midwest League Chiefs, where he posted a 3.47 ERA to go with 28 strikeouts and just five walks in 23 1/3 innings.

Bray Returns, too

Tyler Bray is back from State College to Peoria for a second Midwest League tour of duty, taking Schumacher’s spot in the Chiefs bullpen.

After 18 games and a 5.40 ERA with Peoria, Bray was bumped down to State College. In the New York-Penn League, the right-hander with the unorthodox sidearm delivery that can hit 90-91 mph, had a 4.91 ERA in 17 appearances. Bray struck out 27, but also walked 12 in 29 1/3 innings with the Spikes.

Update: It’s Drongesen This Time

As reported last week by our Gulf Coast League reporter Paul Ivice, the Cards have suffered through catching injuries to Frankie Rodriguez and Stephen Zavala. Last week, Ryan McCarvel temporarily joined the GCL club from Johnson City to help fill in behind the plate. Now, it is Riley Drongesen, down from State College.

Ivice reports that Rodriguez was injured during Tuesday’s game on a hitter’s backswing and had to leave the game in favor of Joshua Lopez. Zavala has not played since the final game of July, so Drongesen was likely added to share the position with Lopez as the first-place GCL Cards approach a possible playoff berth.

In 40 career at-bats to date, split evenly between Johnson City and State College, the 23-year-old has just five hits, all singles, for a .125 batting average. Drongesen also worked three walks for an OBP of .200.

More News on the Way

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




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