Peguero ends second DL stint
On Thursday, Memphis outfielder Carlos Peguero was activated off the disabled list after spending 12 days nursing an undisclosed injury. The move was made on Saturday, June 4th, retroactive to June 3rd and was his second stint out this season.
The 29-year-old played in just three games since coming off the DL the first time on May 31. Peguero went 2-for-6 (.333) with a walk and a strikeout. For the season, his first with the Cardinals, the left-handed hitter has a line of .301/.393/.479/.872 and 11 RBI in 25 games.
Martini shuttled to Springfield
In the accompanying move, Nick Martini was sent down to Springfield for the first time since joining Triple-A Memphis on July 4th of last year. The addition of Martini gives the S-Cards another seasoned Triple-A bat for the final five games of the Texas League first half title push. Also, he is now Springfield's second true left-handed swinger among position players on the active roster, joining Bruce Caldwell.
Martini has a slash line of .274/.349/.369 with two homers and 19 RBI in 59 games for Memphis this season. The versatile outfielder was the obvious odd man out as he was scuffling to the tune of a .174 average over his past ten games and had even less chance to play with the Redbirds playing Kolten Wong in the outfield.
Radack returning south
To make room for Martini at Springfield, Collin Radack was demoted to High-A Palm Beach after playing 48 games at Double-A to start his 2016 season. Radack slashed a cumulative .269/.349/.284 over 134 at-bats. He had no homers but drove in 13 runners. This will be his first stint with Palm Beach this year.
Palm Beach will have another roster move, but the club is off for the three-day Florida State League All-Star break. Jhohan Acevedo is a good possibility.
Cardinals add trio of NDFA's
‘Tis the season for signing non-drafted free agents following the conclusion of amateur draft last week. In addition to signing K-State product Levi MaVorhis on Tuesday, the Cardinals added three more in New Mexico starting pitcher Colton Thomson, United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) and University of West Virginia’s Ross Vance, and California-Berkeley's Keaton Siomkin to professional contracts.
Thomson wrapped up his career with the Lobos as a weekend starter and Friday night ace. He was named Co-Mountain West Championship MVP after pitching a complete game shutout against Nevada to open the tournament.
Overall, the 6-foot southpaw finished his senior season with a 3.61 ERA and an 8-2 record in 15 appearances. His strikeout to walk ratio was over 3/1, with a team-high 82 punchouts on the season.
The first USPBL player signed by an affiliated organization, Vance compiled a 1-0 record with the Beavers, posting a spotless 0.00 ERA. Signed out of West Virginia University, Vance was 7-5 in his senior year, striking out a team-best 81 batters while allowing 35 earned runs on 48 hits for a 3.26 ERA.
The 6-foot, 180-pound, left-hander throws with an unorthodox high leg-kick coming from a sweeping side-arming motion as he finishes his pitches. Vance's signature pitch is his slider.
“He’s that guy on the scouting report that says he really doesn’t have anything to get you out with and yet he keeps getting you out,” said West Virginia head baseball coach Randy Mazey following one Vance's outing. “Hitters walk back to the dugout, and they’re talking to each other frustrated. The hitting coach is having meetings on how to hit this guy and that’s kind of how he pitches.”
Siomkin is a fifth-year senior walk-on from Cal-Berkeley, who has overcome tremendous adversity to achieve a professional career. The righty received zero Division I baseball scholarship offers and no walk-on offers either and was redshirted his junior year because of Tommy John surgery.
14 months removed from elbow surgery, Siomkin threw his first official pitch on May 23, 2015 and appeared in two games in relief. In 2016, the Ladera Ranch, California native proved his health as one of the more reliable bullpen arms for the Golden Bears. Siomkin delivered a 3.22 ERA over 26 appearances (36 1/3 innings pitched), posting 33 to 18 strikeout to walk ratio en route to landing a professional contract.
Vance is expected to join the Cardinals in either the Gulf Coast League or New York Penn League. Thomson’s and Siomkin’s initial assignments have yet to be reported or announced.
As more signing and roster information is learned, it will be noted on team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation as well as on the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. The latter source also is tracking the status of all 42 draftees.
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