Memphis’ 8-6 win over Omaha Wednesday night came with a price as on Thursday, the Triple-A club placed two starting position players on the disabled list, outfielder Carlos Peguero and catcher Michael Ohlman. That caused a series of eight moves in total across the St. Louis Cardinals system - five affecting outfielders and three with catchers that dip all the way down to extended spring training camp.
Details follow, listed by position groupings from highest level of play.
OF Carlos Peguero to Memphis’ seven-day disabled list
Signed as a minor league free agent during the off-season, Peguero had been doing exactly what was asked of him – to provide a veteran bat in the Memphis lineup. The 29-year-old led the Redbirds in home runs (3), slugging (.493) and OPS (.892) was second in hits (20), batting average (.299) and third in on-base percentage (.390).
In other words, his presence will clearly be missed in the Memphis lineup.
OF David Washington from Springfield to Memphis
This is a great opportunity for Washington, who was one of the last cuts from Major League camp this spring but seemed to lose out on making the Memphis roster due to numbers. Back with Springfield in 2016, the left-handed hitter is tied for second on the team in home runs (5), second in runs scored (15), slugging (.553) and OPS (.955) and third in RBI (15). The 25-year-old’s club-best 16 walks helps give him an exceptional .402 on-base mark, second only to the stupendous start posted by teammate Harrison Bader.
Defensively, Washington can also play first base.
OF Nick Thompson from Palm Beach to Springfield
Though Thompson has not hit well for the Beach Birds (.171/.267/.237/.504) in his 22-game Florida State League introduction, the 23-year-old is a smart player and good defender.
Thompson joined the Cards in the eighth round of the 2014 draft from William and Mary.
OF Vaughn Bryan from Peoria to Palm Beach
Now in his third season at Class-A Peoria, Bryan finally receives his first shot at A-Advanced after missing much of last season due to injury. The 22-year-old was not lighting it up with Peoria, with a line of .206/.286/.286/.571 in 63 at-bats over 19 games. Bryan was St. Louis’ 35th-round selection in the 2013 draft from Broward College in Florida.
Even with the addition of Bryan, Palm Beach has just three outfielders on the roster - Orlando Olivera and Blake Drake are the others - though infielder Casey Turgeon can also play out there.
OF Jhohan Acevedo from Extended Spring Training to Peoria
Acevedo was the last outfielder from the 2015 State College Spikes to remain in extended spring training, so it makes sense he received the call to join the Chiefs. It will be the 22-year-old’s second chance in the Midwest League, as he played there in 24 games last season before being returned to the New York-Penn League.
Over six years in the Cardinals system that began in the 2010 Venezuelan Summer League, Acevedo’s slash line is .257/.318/.314/.633.
Catcher Michael Ohlman to Memphis’ seven-day disabled list
With Eric Fryer spending extended time with St. Louis due to Brayan Pena’s injury, Ohlman had been the Redbirds’ primary backstop. Now, the job falls to veteran Alberto Rosario, backed up by inexperienced Jesse Jenner.
In his first 19 games at Triple-A, Ohlman put up a credible .273/.349/.400/.779 line with the only major concern a 35.5 percent strikeout rate.
Catcher Jesse Jenner from Palm Beach to Memphis
Jenner has been well-traveled already in thi syoungthis season. The 22-year-old, drafted in the seventh round last June, jumped over Peoria, opening the season at Palm Beach. A few days later, due to the Pena injury, Jenner moved up to Springfield, where he remained until 10 days ago, when he was returned to Palm Beach. Now the injury call is coming from Memphis.
Even with all his moves, Jenner has just 14 plate appearances in total this season, with two singles and a walk for a line of .154/.214/.154/.368. At Memphis, the right-handed hitter will likely remain infrequently used.
Catcher Chris Rivera from State College Spikes (EST) to Palm Beach
I knew something was going on when I noticed Rivera behind the plate in a drill being run by Palm Beach manager Oliver Marmol Thursday afternoon. It is not a surprise that the 21-year-old is back with the Beach Birds, as he previously filled in from April 10 through April 25.
In eight Florida State League contests, Rivera had seven singles and two walk in 27 plate appearances for a line of .280/.357/.280/.637. The right-handed hitter spent last season at Johnson City. With Palm Beach, Rivera will back up Steve Bean.
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