Cardinals System News: Thursday, August 27

Thursday’s news and notes across the St. Louis Cardinals system – awards, promotions and more!

On a day in which they would clinch a post-season berth, the Midwest League Peoria Chiefs are back to 25 players. Three Springfield players are Texas League post-season All-Stars.

Jay Jumping

Jon Jay will begin a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds starting Friday, August 28 in Reno. The outfielder has been out since June 30 while strengthening his left wrist, surgically repaired last off-season.

Rosters expand on September 1, so Jay will likely re-join St. Louis when eligible or shortly after.

Three Cards Named Texas League Post-Season All-Stars

The Texas League announced its 2015 post-season All-Star Team on Thursday and the Springfield Cardinals are well-represented. The Cardinals feature three selections on the 19-player All-Star roster, which covers the full eight-team league.

The three are outfielder Charlie Tilson, catcher Michael Ohlman and right-handed pitcher Arturo Reyes. All were also among the Cards’ eight Texas League midseason All-Stars. (The difference is that there were two full rosters for the mid-season game, while the post-season team is just 10 position players and nine pitchers.

The Cardinals had two Texas League post-season stars in 2014, Cody Stanley and (traded) James Ramsey, and two in 2013, as well – Ruben Gotay and Mike O’Neill.

Tilson Tops

Tilson, 22, is hitting .293 with four home runs, 15 doubles, five triples and 31 RBI through 122 games. Tilson currently leads the league with 43 stolen bases, is tied for second with 143 hits, tied for third with 77 runs and is ninth with a .293 batting average.

In The Cardinal Nation’s top 40 prospect list for August, Tilson is ranked 7th.

Ohlman Honored

In his first season in the Cardinals organization, Ohlman, 24, has compiled a .281 average with 11 home runs and a team-best 62 RBI through 92 games.

In The Cardinal Nation’s top 40 prospect list for August, Ohlman is ranked 19th.

This Reyes Good, too

Reyes, 23, has since been promoted to Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. After joining Springfield from A-Advanced Palm Beach on May 1, the right-hander went 7-7 with a 2.64 ERA in 17 starts. Reyes had 80 strikeouts with only 28 walks through 99 innings in Double-A and ranked second in the league in ERA when promoted to Memphis.

In The Cardinal Nation’s top 40 prospect list for August, Reyes is ranked 30th.

Swirchak on Call

Second baseman Josh Swirchak has been promoted from State College to Peoria. In 144 at-bats over 43 New York-Penn League games, the 22-year-old logged a line of .229/.293/.306/.599. Swirchak joined the organization in June as a non-drafted free agent.

Kuebel on the Move

With Johnson City likely falling short of the playoffs, reliever Sasha Kuebel has been promoted to the Peoria Chiefs. Kuebel leaves his second Johnson City campaign with a 3-3 record and a 3.60 ERA. In 30 innings this season, the lefty collected 32 strikeouts while issuing just six walks. Kuebel did not allow a home run in the Appalachian League in 2015.

Update: Staton to the Beach

One of Johnson City’s offensive leaders, infielder Allen Staton, was promoted to the first-place Palm Beach Cardinals after Thursday’s Appy League contest. The 22-year-old, signed as a non-drafted free agent this spring from North Greenville (SC), will be playing at his third level this season after starting his pro career with 11 games in the Gulf Coast League.

The right-handed hitter batted .300 or better at both stops and has 10 home runs and 52 RBI in his first 53 professional contests. Staton’s total line to date is .305/.350/.557/.907.

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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