Velazco to MWL in new role
For the second straight day, the Cardinals promoted a former catcher-turned-pitcher. Tuesday, it was Rowan Wick and on Wednesday, Gerwuins Velazco was assigned to Low-A Peoria for the first time since he worked behind the plate for the 2014 Chiefs.
Velazco made the official transition to pitching last summer with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, and it paid dividends as he was named TCN's Relief Pitcher of the Year at that level. The strong-armed righty received a late-season promo to Low-A (short-season) State College, compiling a 2.60 ERA over 19 games (27 2/3 innings) with 28 strikeouts and five walks between the two stops.
So far on his young 2016 campaign, Velazco was charged with an earned run on five hits in 3 1/3 innings over two appearances for State College. He struck out two and walked one.
Currently, Peoria has reached their 25-man limit. However, they are expected to make a move as part of High-A Palm Beach replacing Wick.
Medina from SC down to JC
Yeison Medina was sent down to Rookie-League Johnson City following his official New York-Penn League introduction with State College on Sunday. The 23-year old worked around a hit and walk over two scoreless frames in his debut.
Medina was limited to four games with the Gulf Coast League Cards last year after serving a 50-game PED suspension. He struck out six against a walk in 5 1/3 innings on the backfields.
Previously, the Dominican native was one of the better relievers on the 2014 GCL Cards, with a 1.64 ERA and 31 strikeouts to eight walks in 33 innings and was our top reliever on the 2013 DSL Cardinals.
Plummer out for season
According to long-time TCN forum member Uncle Denny, the Cardinals’ 2015 first-round selection Nick Plummer underwent a second surgery on his hand and will miss the remainder of the season. However, this report has not yet been confirmed. The outfielder was on Johnson City's roster, with the club set to debut on Thursday.
As reported by TCN on May 5th, the outfielder’s initial procedure was the removal of a portion of the hamate bone from one of his hands. At that point, Plummer said that he had an upcoming doctor’s appointment to assess his progress and was not playing in extended spring training games.
Update: The Post-Dispatch confirmed the news, reporting that Plummer had to have a second surgery to repair a tear within the hand. The Cardinals are targeting his return for the fall instructional league.
Draftee Whalen to be a Cards' product
Late Tuesday night, reports surfaced that the Cardinals signed 12th rounder Brady Whalen to an over-slot deal. Per Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, Whalen will receive $475,000 for his signing bonus, which leaves $185,000 in excess for the Cardinals to spend on other draft picks.
The 6-foot-4 shortstop will forgo his commitment to the University of Oregon. Before the draft, Whalen was said to draw interest from a number of clubs, including the Milwaukee Brewers. He is the son of Brewers area scout Shawn Whalen, who told MLB.com:
"Brady is a 'tomorrow guy.' The Cardinals are betting that as he gets bigger and stronger, he is going to really fill out. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he is a 15-20 home run guy someday."
The Cardinals organization has not confirmed any signings since their third of three first-rounders, Dakota Hudson, was announced last Saturday.
As more signing and team assignment 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 St. Louis’ draftees.
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