Wick promoted to Springfield
A year ago today, Rowan Wick was roaming the backfields of Jupiter as a recently converted pitcher, picking the brains of the younger arms' in Cardinals lowest U.S. affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. 12 months later, just a few days removed from the Florida State League All-Star Game, Wick will continue his progress from the bullpen of Double-A Springfield.
The former slugging prospect has been dominant out of the Beach Birds' pen as a late-inning reliever, holding a microscopic 1.09 ERA in 24 2/3 innings pitched and converting six saves in eight chances. The right-hander has fanned a whopping 37 batters against just six walks this season.
Wick touches the upper 90s with his fastball and can break off a swing-and-miss curveball for a strikeout, a pitch that has become consistent for him despite limited mound time. It will be interesting to see how his strikeout to walk ratio holds up against more disciplined hitters in Double-A.
As of yet, Palm Beach has not announced a roster replacement for Wick.
Wright to a familiar place
Springfield's bullpen was strengthened further by the return of a veteran minor league lefty, Justin Wright. Wright has spent time with Springfield in each of the last four years.
The 26-year old posted a 4.30 ERA over 22 games (23 innings pitched) with Triple-A Memphis this season. He struck out 20 batters but walked 16. With the addition of Wright, the S-Cards now have a left-handed pitcher on their active roster.
Lucas up to Memphis
Memphis’ bullpen received a boost, picking up Josh Lucas from the Texas League Cardinals. Lucas was employed primarily as a back-end option for manager Dann Bilardello, recording nine saves in ten opportunities with Springfield.
Despite a 4.25 ERA, Lucas punched out 33 batters over 29 2/3 innings pitched. He walked just six over that span of work. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder will be making his Triple-A debut.
Reyes DL'd, Brebbia summoned
Reyes is 5-4 on the season, but his ERA has climbed after several rocky, abbreviated starts. His season ERA sits at 5.35, but for his four June outings, it is 10.93. Reyes is the third member of the Redbirds’ season opening rotation to hit the DL, joining Thomas Lee and Jeremy Hefner. Starters Marco Gonzales and Tim Cooney have been out all season, as well.
Brebbia was nabbed from Arizona in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft last December. In 2016, the right-hander delivered a 4.09 ERA in 22 appearances (33 innings pitched) for the S-Cards. The reliever struck out 33 and walked four.
Pena backtracking to Springfield
After two days in St. Louis, Brayan Pena will report to Springfield to continue his rehab and will exhaust his allowable 20 days on assignment while the big-league Cardinals open up play in Kansas City next Monday.
To date, Pena has played in 11 games on his rehab with Springfield and Memphis, hitting .179 (seven-for-39) while continuing to build up endurance behind the plate.
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