Mike Mayers (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A series of roster moves across St. Louis' system sets the stage for the activation of top prospect Alex Reyes

A series of roster moves from Memphis to extended spring training appear to be setting the stage for the activation of top prospect Alex Reyes.

With the expected return of St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes from suspension to start on Sunday afternoon for the Memphis Redbirds, room needs to be created on the Triple-A club’s 25-man active roster. That has apparently led to a series of Friday moves starting with Memphis, as well as trickling through Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria, with the last pitcher in the chain returned to extended spring training.

Mayers – Another Job Well Done

Starting pitcher Mike Mayers has been returned to Springfield from Memphis. The right-hander completed his second career one-game stint pitching in Triple-A successfully.


Called up to make the Monday start against Sacramento, Mayers fanned four, walked two and allowed one earned run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He picked up the win and the Memphis bullpen shut out the visitors the rest of the way.

Mayers is expected to return to the Springfield rotation. Over 41 1/3 Texas League innings in 2016, St. Louis’ third-rounder from 2013 has logged a 2.61 ERA. Mayers struck out 27 and walked 13 and held opposing Double-A batters to a .244 collective average.

Schumacher – Back to the Beach

To make room for Mayers at Springfield, the Cardinals returned reliever Cody Schumacher to Palm Beach.


The 25-year-old was called up to Double-A on Sunday, but did not get into game action this time up with Springfield. Last season, Schumacher appeared in one Texas League game.

Able to pitch effectively over multiple innings, the right-hander has tossed 21 2/3 innings in 12 games with a 2.49 ERA for Palm Beach this season. Schumacher fanned 19 and walked just three.

Holt – Keeps his Bags Packed

The third move from last Sunday that was undone on Friday is the return of reliever Harley Holt to Peoria from Palm Beach.


The 24-year-old appeared in just one Florida State League contest, yielding one run on two hits and a walk over two innings. Holt fanned three.

Holt had spent just six days with Peoria after leaving extended spring training and before his temporary promotion to Palm Beach. With the Midwest League Chiefs, the right-hander was touched for three runs, two earned, in 1 1/3 innings.

DeLorenzo – Taste of Full Season Over

Jordan DeLorenzo's short-term move up lasted a day longer than the others, as his promotion from extended spring training (Gulf Coast League roster) to Peoria was announced last Saturday. On Friday, the left-hander was returned to EST.


With the Chiefs, the 23-year-old pitched in two games. One went well (one scoreless inning), but the second went poorly (three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning).

St. Louis’ 12th-rounder from 2014 pitched for Johnson City that summer before moving backward to the Gulf Coast League last season after coming off JC’s DL to open 2015. DeLorenzo fanned 27 and issued seven free passes while posting a 2.95 ERA over 21 1/3 innings in the GCL last season.

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