Cardinals System News: Sunday, August 23

Sunday’s news and notes across the St. Louis Cardinals system – promotions and returns.

All three Sunday moves across the St. Louis Cardinals system affect the Double-A Springfield Cardinals – two players returning and one heading out.

Diaz’ Rebirth Continues

To essentially replace promoted Greg Garcia on the Memphis roster, shortstop Aledmys Diaz was promoted to the Triple-A Redbirds from Double-A Springfield today. The 25-year-old was hitting .264 (99-for-375) with 10 home runs, 25 doubles, and 46 RBI in 102 games with Springfield, including a .373 clip (25-for-67) in his last 18 August games.

However, one must temper the enthusiasm as Diaz was removed from the Cardinals’ 40-man roster last month and was hitting just .238 as recently as August 1. This move is most likely about getting the Cuban’s feet wet at Triple-A in preparation for 2016.

Thomas Down Again

Through from a workload perspective, Diaz is replacing Garcia, on the actual Memphis roster, he takes the spot of right-handed reliever Chris Thomas. The 27-year-old has been returned to Springfield for the second time in two months. This time up, he appeared in six Triple-A games, allowing just two runs, one earned, in seven innings on nine hits. However, Thomas both walked five and struck out five and opposing batters collectively hit .300 against him.

Valera Bounces Back

Utilityman Breyvic Valera was dispatched to A-Advanced Palm Beach two weeks ago after struggling all season long at Double-A. The 23-year-old regained his stroke in 14 games in the Florida State League, compiling a line of .353/.468/.451/.919 in 51 at-bats. Valera drew 11 walks, plated seven and struck out just twice. As a result, he has earned a return to Springfield.

More News on the Way

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

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