Cardinals Say Goodbye to Three Minor Leaguers

As minor league camp proceeds, the St. Louis Cardinals have started saying goodbye to players from their ranks.

A by-product of studying the St. Louis Cardinals spring training working rosters is the handful of names that have disappeared since the previous version.

Three Cardinals farmhands are in that population – two pitchers and an infielder. They are Tyler Melling, Dixon Llorens and Brett Wiley. Melling has decided to retire while Llorens and Wiley have been released.

Melling, 26, is a right-handed pitcher drafted in the 30th round in 2011 from the University of Miami (Ohio). In the intervening five seasons, including one lost due to injury (2014), Melling persevered and finally reached Double-A Springfield for two games last summer. He started in 2012 and 2013 but was primarily a reliever the other seasons.

Over his career, Melling posted a 13-7 record with a 3.46 ERA. He fanned 162 and walked 48 in 211 innings. The Cardinals control his rights while on the voluntary retired list.

Llorens, 23, has a history of high strikeout totals and high walks. After pitching at Palm Beach and Springfield in 2014, the submariner was sent down to Peoria last season. Due to injury, the right-hander appeared in just 20 games, pitching 19 innings in 2015, struggling to a career-worst 7.11 ERA.

Since being St. Louis’ 25th-round selection in the 2012 Draft from Miami Dade College, Llorens logged 26 saves and a 3.29 ERA. The Florida native struck out 236 but issued 77 free passes in 150 1/3 career innings.

Wiley, 24, first became a Cardinal after being taken in the 13th round in 2012 from Jefferson College in Missouri. The infielder missed the first 50 games of the 2014 season due to a positive test for amphetamines. For the majority of 2015, his first year in full-season ball, the left-handed hitter was at A-Advanced Palm Beach. His 18 steals last summer tied for eighth-most in the system.

Wiley’s career line in 220 games is .273/.348/.388/.736. He is primarily a second baseman, but also appeared at third base and shortstop.

For more information

Link to the full Cardinals minor league working spring training game rosters.

Remember to check The Cardinal Nation Blog each evening during spring training for the day's minor league stat highlights and notes and the Roster Matrix. The matrix has every transaction listed along with all players in the system by level and position, including the Cardinals entire 40-man roster and non-roster spring training invitees, STEP campers and more.

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