Top teen stateside bound
On Monday, the Cardinals promoted their 2015 top international signee Alvaro Seijas to the Gulf Coast League from the Dominican Summer League. Seijas will make his U.S. debut after just four starts in the Dominican to begin his professional career. He compiled 4.19 ERA over 19 1/3 innings pitched while striking out 22 against six walks.
The 17-year old from Maracay, Venezuela posted the best outing of his career last time out against the DSL Tigers. Seijas tossed six three-hit innings and walked one while punching out a career-high eight batters.
Seijas was sent to the Dominican from extended spring training because the DSL season starts sooner and as a result, he was able to get a head start versus playing in practice games in EST. The Cardinals did the same thing with lefty David Oca last year, who made four starts in DSL before his promotion to the States. Oca, TCN's 2015 GCL Cardinals Starter of the Year, was promoted to the Gulf Coast League on June 22, 2015.
Seijas, who also participated in instructional league camp in Jupiter last fall, was TCN's 35th Cardinals prospect in the May top 40 rankings.
I was told by a Cardinals official that Seijas will make his first US start at the GCL Astros Tuesday afternoon.
Herget back to Springfield
With Memphis in need of a fresh arm for the weekend, Kevin Herget was summoned to Triple-A on Friday, but was returned on Monday. The right-hander made his Redbirds debut on Friday night and logged 1 1/3 scoreless innings against Colorado Springs. He gave up two hits and walked a batter, but struck out one for a clean appearance.
Between Palm Beach and Springfield this season, Herget has a cumulative 2.29 ERA over 26 games, spanning 39 1/3 innings pitched. The 25-year-old fanned 43 and walked just six while converting a perfect 11 saves in as many opportunities.
Heyer returning to Memphis
In the corresponding move, Kurt Heyer received the call back up to Memphis after having headed the other direction on Friday. Heyer did not appear in any Texas League action over the weekend and last pitched June 22nd against Colorado Springs, as he yielded four earned runs on eight hits over four innings pitched.
For 2016, Heyer has split time between Springfield and Memphis, mostly with the latter. On the season, the 25-year-old has a 5.53 ERA in 20 games (three starts) totaling 40 2/3 innings. The righty has a 32 to 7 strikeout to walk count.
Memphis’ starters the next three nights after Tuesday are listed as “TBA,” so it appears Heyer’s next outing could be coming very soon.
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