Bader just one step away
It was only a matter of time, but on Wednesday afternoon the St. Louis Cardinals promoted top outfield prospect and Texas League mid-season All-Star, Harrison Bader to Triple-A Memphis.
Bader, the 10th youngest player in the Texas League after skipping High-A, was fifth in the circuit with 13 homers and .841 OPS. The center fielder spearheaded the Springfield offense out of the lead-off spot, helping them secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2012.
"I think I learned a lot (over the first half),” said Bader before his 4-for-5 performance for the North Division squad in the Texas League All-Star Game on June 28th. "It was a quick two and a half months. It goes by very quickly now that you think about it.
"I learned a lot on and off the field - the way you go about your business and channel your professionalism. It was a great learning experience, and there's a whole lot more to learn in this game, so I'm going to do that the best I can."
The former Florida Gators standout slashed .286/.350/.491 over 73 games played for the Double-A Cardinals this season. He leads the club with 81 hits and four triples and ranks third with 11 doubles through 283 at-bats.
Bader's promotion came at a unique time after his numbers dropped significantly following an outstanding start to 2016. Since June 1st, he is batting just .200 with 31 punchouts over 95 at-bats. Bader’s plate judgment is a cause for concern as well due to a 79-to-20 strikeout to walk ratio this year.
Ultimately, Bader is 383 days removed from playing in the College World Series with the Gators and now is one step away from the highest level of professional baseball. He will join a crowded outfield of Jose Martinez, Nick Martini, Carlos Peguero, Charlie Tilson and David Washington at Memphis. He takes the roster spot of Randal Grichuk, promoted to St. Louis on Tuesday.
Acevedo making jump to TL
Taking the vacant spot of Bader for Springfield, Jhohan Acevedo was promoted from High-A Palm Beach. This will mark the third-step up the organizational ladder for Acevedo in 2016 after starting in extended spring training camp.
Acevedo, 23, has appeared in limited action between Low-A Peoria and Palm Beach this season. The outfielder is batting just .210 (21-for-100) with zero home runs and 7 RBI over 33 games. The Venezuelan native gives the S-Cards another above-average to plus outfield defender with Blake Drake.
At the moment, Springfield is down a roster spot with another move to be announced soon.
Aikin to Palm Beach
On Tuesday night, Craig Aikin was promoted to Palm Beach from Peoria. Aikin, who will make his Florida State League debut, has a .254 average with a homer and 23 RBI in 64 games on the season.
At Palm Beach, the 22-year old took the place of Acevedo.
Chiefs get Torres from JC
Carlos Torres opened his 2016 by playing seven games in Johnson City before a promotion to Peoria on Wednesday. The outfielder went 6-for-25 (.240) with three RBI in the Appalachian League.
Currently, the Chiefs roster is at 23 and corresponding moves should be announced very soon.
Wirsu activated at PB
On Wednesday, Josh Wirsu was activated from disabled list after missing the last two months of Florida State League action for Palm Beach. Wirsu rehabbed with the GCL Cardinals and tossed two scoreless innings before his return to Palm Beach.
Wirsu, 22, allowed four earned runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings pitched for the Beach Birds in April before being disabled on the 27th.
With the moves, Palm Beach has reached its 25-man limit for now.
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