Alex Mejia (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals have minor league infielders and catchers on the move on Tuesday

The St. Louis Cardinals have minor league infielders and catchers on the move in the first transactions on Tuesday, April 19.

This article will cover Tuesday’s transactions across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. Several are yet to be announced, so check back for more information as it is known.

Mejia Takes a Different Flight

After a cold and snowy weekend in Colorado Springs that enabled just 16 innings of baseball to be played instead of the 36 scheduled, the Memphis Redbirds headed to their next stop, Oklahoma City, on Monday night.

One of their players, however, caught a flight for Springfield, Missouri, instead. Infielder Alex Mejia was the Redbird who lost his roster spot due to Monday’s shift of Greg Garcia from St. Louis to Memphis. The move was not surprising since Mejia was the beneficiary of the reverse move when Aledmys Diaz was brought up to St. Louis two weeks ago.

In his 28 at-bats over 10 games this time up with the Triple-A Redbirds, Mejia performed admirably, with five singles, two doubles, a triple and a pair of walks for a line of .286/.333/.429/.762. In 2015, Mejia actually played in more games with Memphis than Springfield (59 vs. 34), with comparable results between Triple-A and Double-A (.718 OPS vs. .724).

Springfield has yet to announce a roster move to clear space for Mejia. When it is disclosed, it will be added below.

Chinea Ready for Debut

Though Chris Chinea was part of the tentative roster of the Peoria Chiefs between arrival of the team in Illinois and Opening Day, the catcher instead debuted on the seven-day disabled list due to an oblique strain.

On Tuesday, the Chiefs activated the 21-year-old, now ready for his 2016 season debut. The former LSU star was St. Louis’ 15th–round selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

O’Keefe Steps Up

Peoria announced its Tuesday moves first, with the promotion of catcher Brian O'Keefe to A-Advanced Palm Beach, clearing roster room for Chinea.

Though O’Keefe, 22, has not hit particularly well in his first 34 at-bats over nine games in 2016, (.235/.333/.324/.657), moving him up to the Florida State League makes a lot of sense. The right-handed hitter is the most experienced catcher on either the Peoria or Palm Beach rosters, having played 34 games for Peoria last season, so putting him at the higher level of play is desirable.

Regular Palm Beach catcher Steve Bean is on the seven-day disabled list with the two backstops on the current active roster both having opened the season in extended spring training – Chris Rivera and Joshua Lopez. Though the move has yet to be announced, my guess is that lesser experienced of the pair – Lopez – will be the catcher to return to EST from Palm Beach. In 2015, Rivera caught for Johnson City while Lopez played in the Gulf Coast League, making the move to the Florida State League a big step for either.

Update: Sohn Packing

The corresponding transaction to the arrival of infielder Alex Mejia from Memphis is the Double-A Springfield Cardinals sending infielder Andrew Sohn to A-Advanced Palm Beach, reports TCN’s Derek Shore. In limited action this season, the 22-year-old Sohn went 1-for-10, a double, with two walks and two runs scored. The right-handed hitter fanned three times.

The move is not unreasonable, as Sohn spent the vast majority of 2015 at Class-A Peoria. Other middle infielders active at Palm Beach include Mikey Reynolds, Darren Seferina and Oscar Mercado, with Mason Katz, Juan Herrera and Andrew Brodbeck on the disabled list.

When this is official, Palm Beach will be two players over its 25-man limit, with a catching move also needed.

For roster and player information

The team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation are as up-to-date for St. Louis and all four full-season clubs. All EST players remain on one of the short-season clubs based on where they ended 2015. To access these team rosters, click on the words “PROSPECTS” > “MiLB Rosters/Player Pages” underneath The Cardinal Nation site logo.

To see the Cardinals’ entire system by level and position on one page along with every player transaction for every club all year long, check out the newly-refreshed Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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