The St. Louis Cardinals continue to make roster adjustments affecting the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals. The latest pair of moves affecting the active roster, announced on Tuesday, essentially switches a third catcher from Palm Beach for the fifth infielder at Class-A Peoria.
O’Keefe, 22, began the season with Peoria until his first promotion to Palm Beach, on April 19. In 32 plate appearances over eight FSL contests, O’Keefe drew twice as many walks, eight, as he collected hits, four – two singles and two doubles. The right-handed hitter drove in one run, scored three runs and struck out five times. That came together in the odd line of .167/.375/.250/.625.
Turgeon, 23, spent the last three months of 2015 at Palm Beach, but opened 2016 a level lower, at Peoria. The left-handed hitter’s .586 OPS with the Beach Birds last season was not impressive and back down with the Chiefs this season, his results at the plate were only slightly better (.646).
Turgeon is a versatile defender, having played second, third and shortstop this season and also has corner outfield experience since joining the Cardinals in the 24th round in the 2014 Draft from the University of Florida.
In two other housekeeping moves affecting players on the disabled list, Palm Beach shifted pitcher Will Anderson from the seven-day to the 60-day DL and moved second baseman Andrew Brodbeck from the seven-day DL to extended spring training (State College roster).
Anderson, 23, last pitched for Palm Beach on June 22, 2015. Over his three-year career, the right-handed starting pitcher has an 11-11 record with a 3.63 ERA.
Brodbeck, also 23 years of age, appeared in just two games with Palm Beach to open the season, going a collective 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. The left-handed hitter had been moved up from the Gulf Coast League in 2015 in part due to a rash of injuries on the Palm Beach infield - before he went on the DL himself on April 11.
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