Jake Woodford (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to shuffle pitchers around their minor league system to cover injuries and fill rotations

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to shuffle pitchers around their minor league system to cover injuries and fill rotations. Three more moves were announced on Saturday, with others to follow.

Big bump for Baker

Needing a Saturday starter, Memphis received Corey Baker from Springfield. The right-hander will be making his Triple-A debut after going 2-5 with a 5.12 ERA in 14 starts at Springfield this season. The 26-year-old struck out 56 and walked 24 in 65 Texas League innings in 2016.


Baker has started 40 of his 164 games in his professional career after being drafted in the 49th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Pittsburgh. He first reached Double-A in 2014.


Lucas will get another shot later

For every addition, there is a subtraction, however. Josh Lucas’ first stop with Memphis was just four days in duration as the reliever was returned to Double-A Springfield on Saturday.


The 25-year-old had one very good and one very bad outing in his brief time with the Redbirds. After tossing a scoreless inning at Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Lucas was hammered on Friday night to the tune of seven earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

With Springfield, the right-hander has 33 strikeouts and just six walks in 29 2/3 innings, though his Double-A ERA is 4.25.


Bad news for Woodford

On Saturday afternoon, the Peoria Chiefs announced that Midwest League All-Star pitcher Jake Woodford has been placed on seven-day disabled list due to a right elbow sprain. The move is retroactive to June 23.


Woodford is the second member of Peoria’s youthful rotation to be injured in the last two weeks, joining fellow MWL All-Star Derian Gonzalez, both of whom were promoted from the Gulf Coast League for 2016, along with still-active Junior Gonzalez and Sandy Alcantara.  

In fact, the 19-year-old Woodford last pitched in the Midsummer Classic, throwing a scoreless inning for the East on Tuesday evening. His last start was on June 17 and his next turn was to be this coming Tuesday the 28th, setting him up to be the last of the then-six Chiefs starters to appear in the second half. Instead, Woodford is now on the DL.

Over his 12 outings in 2016, the Florida native has a 2.93 ERA to go with 50 strikeouts and 22 walks in 70 2/3 innings. In the most recent top 40 prospect rankings by The Cardinal Nation, Woodford was 14th.

The Cardinals have not yet announced a replacement, so Peoria’s roster is at 24 active players. It is possible a reliever will be added instead, with the Chiefs reverting to a five-man rotation.


For more

Link to Friday’s Cardinals minor league moves, most of which also involved pitchers.


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