Out goes Pritchard, in comes Katz
Pritchard, 24, left Tuesday’s game after four at-bats with an unspecified injury. The DL move is retroactive to June 1st. This will mark the second 2016 DL stint for Pritchard, who sprained his ankle last month, and landed on the shelf May 2nd before his activation 22 days later on May 24th.
Overall, Pritchard is slashing .295/.451/.385 with no home runs and four RBI for Palm Beach in 25 games (78 at-bats). The outfielder continues to show good contact skills and plate discipline with 21 walks against seven strikeouts. If he had sufficient at-bats to qualify, Pritchard’s on-base percentage would top the Florida State League.
Katz, 25, has been out of action all season to date while nursing a groin injury, which he reinjured while rehabbing. The former LSU standout had been playing in extended spring training games over the last couple of weeks, so a return to the Florida State League seemed near.
While playing all over the diamond last year for Palm Beach, Katz slashed .259/.347/.372 with four homers and 32 RBI over 75 games played. Lauded for his power bat early on in his professional career, he had 20 long balls and 71 RBI in his first full season between Peoria and Palm Beach back in 2014.
Jacobs cut by Cardinals
With two other first base-only types on the Springfield roster in Jonathan Rodriguez and Luke Voit, Chris Jacobs was the odd man out and as a result was given his release. The 27-year old minor league journeyman scuffled to the tune of a .212 batting average against Texas League pitching this season.
Jacobs, 6-foot-5, at a listed 260 pounds, belted four home runs with 12 RBI over 37 games (113 at-bats) in his short stint with Springfield. His inability to make consistent contact was also notable, striking out a whopping 39 times to just six walks. He was signed as a minor league free agent this past offseason for organizational depth at first base.
Palm Beach is currently at its active limit of 25 players. Meanwhile, Springfield is down a roster spot, so a corresponding move to replace Jacobs should be announced relatively soon.
What is Next
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