Olivera Rebounds Quickly
Last Wednesday, outfielder Orlando Olivera was sent down to Class-A Peoria from Palm Beach. The 25-year-old was trying to make the jump from State College, but after batting just .206 in 34 at-bats for the Beach Birds, the right-handed hitter was re-assigned to Peoria.
After just a week in the Midwest League, during which Olivera went 6-for-22 (.273), including two doubles, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base, the former Missouri Baptist star has been returned to the Palm Beach active roster.
Becker Joins Chiefs
Former Missouri State infielder Dylan Becker has earned his first promotion to full-season ball, joining the Peoria Chiefs, replacing Olivera.
The 23-year-old, signed as a free agent last June, played in 36 games for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in 2015, batting .303 with 10 doubles, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored. The left-handed hitter walked 13 times with just 12 strikeouts. Defensively, Becker is versatile, having played first base, second base, third base and left field last summer.
At this point, the move at Palm Beach that created the opening for Olivera has not been announced, but this article will be updated with that news when it becomes available.
Update: Staton Sidelined
The opportunity at Palm Beach for Olivera is due to infielder Allen Staton being placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25. The 23-year-old had been in a slump, with just one hit in his last 18 at-bats, which dropped his season average to .186 in 59 at-bats over 15 Florida State League contests.
In addition to defensive duties at third base and left field this season, Staton took to the mound for one inning in an emergency situation on April 19. The right-handed hitter was an undrafted free agent signed last June.
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