The final waves in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league catching corps originating from the activation of Alberto Rosario off the disabled list in Memphis last Sunday are complete. As I had predicted over the weekend, they were the moves of Jesse Jenner back to Palm Beach from Springfield and the return of Chris Rivera to extended spring training from Palm Beach.
In addition, the A-Advanced Cardinals gained another catcher, Steve Bean, off the seven-day disabled list but said goodbye to infielder Mikey Reynolds. The latter moved up to Springfield to cover for injured shortstop Alex Mejia.
Jenner Jaunts South
Rosario bumped Luis Cruz off the Memphis roster, and Cruz’ return to Double-A did the same to Jesse Jenner, who is now back with Palm Beach.
In his only 2016 action to date, Jenner had two singles in six at-bats plus a walk with Springfield. The right-handed hitter did not strike out and he scored one run.
Rivera Changes Clubhouses
Chris Rivera was temporarily added to the Palm Beach roster on April 10 as part of the moves when Rosario was injured. The 21-year-old had been competing in extended spring training camp after playing for Johnson City in 2015.
With the return of Jenner from Springfield, Rivera moved his gear from the Palm Beach clubhouse back to the group in EST, now officially assigned to short-season Class-A State College. In his two weeks in the Florida State League, Rivera performed credibly with seven singles in 25 at-bats (.280) plus a pair of walks. The right-handed hitter struck out six times and scored three runs for Palm Beach.
Bean Back Quickly
On April 17, catcher Steve Bean was placed on Palm Beach’s seven-day disabled list. The time out for the 22-year-old was relatively short as he was re-activated on April 25.
Bean played in six games prior to his injury, with five singles in 17 at-bats and also drew four walks for a line of .294/.429/.294/.743. The left-handed hitter has two RBI and three runs scored to compensate for four strikeouts.
Alex Mejia's return to Double-A Springfield lasted just three games before the 25-year-old shortstop was placed on the Double-A club’s disabled list on Monday. In his three contests over the weekend, the right-handed hitter collected three singles in 10 at-bats, scored a run, was caught stealing, drove in a run and struck out twice. Mejia also drew three walks over the trio of Texas League contests.
Mejia has been replaced on Springfield’s roster by Mikey Reynolds, up from Palm Beach. Utilityman Breyvic Valera started at shortstop for the S-Cards on Monday night, but is batting just .150 on the season.
Reynolds Has Opportunity
In his first month of game action in the St. Louis Cardinals system, 25-year-old infielder Mikey Reynolds will make his professional debut in two different leagues. The 25-year-old opened with high-A Palm Beach of the Florida State League, for whom he played in 14 games before his Monday promotion to Springfield of the Double-A Texas League to replace injured Alex Mejia.
Before his contract was acquired by the Cardinals last September from the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League, Reynolds had reached Class-A in the Atlanta system. A drug suspension, elbow injury and poor results on the field led to his subsequent release last spring.
At Palm Beach in 2016, Reynolds’ line is .182/.270/.218/.488 in 55 at-bats. The right-handed hitter drew three walks, scored four runs, plated seven and was 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts in the Florida State League.
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