The St. Louis Cardinals phase of Mikey Reynolds’ professional baseball career ended on Friday when the 25-year-old infielder made a decision to retire after playing for the Palm Beach Cardinals on Friday morning. In his final contest, the infielder went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk.
As recently as earlier this week, the right-handed hitter was leading off and serving as a designated hitter for the offense-starved Beach Birds despite his meager line of .179/.253/.231/.484. In his 21 games as a Cardinal, the right-handed hitter scored six runs, drove in seven, struck out 13 times and drew five walks. Reynolds was successful in five of six stolen base attempts.
Two weeks ago, Reynolds served as a brief three-game injury fill-in at Double-A Springfield, with those results included in the above numbers.
Speaking of attempts, his time, albeit brief, with the Cardinals was an attempt to return to organized ball.
The fourth-year professional originally signed with the Atlanta Braves as their fifth-round selection of the 2013 draft from Texas A&M. He was released the next April after a PED suspension, reaching the Class-A Sally League. From there, he went to independent ball with Fargo-Moorhead of the American Association then the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League in 2015 The latter club sold Reynolds’ contract to the Cardinals last September.
Reynolds’ replacement at Palm Beach is a familiar face, Andrew Brodbeck, promoted from extended spring training, State College roster.
The 23-year-old 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. Brodbeck was activated from Palm Beach’s DL last Tuesday, only to now return on Saturday.
The infielder was immediately inserted into manager Oliver Marmol’s Palm Beach lineup Saturday night, batting sixth and playing third base.
Update – One Rodriguez Done
The Cardinals made another move which ended a career with the organization as they released catcher Frankie Rodriguez. The 20-year-old was on the Gulf Coast League Cardinals roster last season, where he struggled offensively with a line of .059/.172/.098/.270 in 51 at-bats over 19 games.
The Puerto Rican native was signed by St. Louis as a non-drafted free agent in June 2013 and opened with Johnson City that season before being bumped down to the GCL in 2014 and 2015.
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