Wednesday’s move of Alberto Rosario to St. Louis followed by Michael McKenry the next day, meant the Memphis Redbirds needed two new catchers. That led to a series of player shifts, but there were other transactions across the system on Thursday, as well.
Ohlman back to Memphis
Michael Ohlman was promoted to Memphis from Double-A Springfield following McKenry's call. Ohlman was the most logical option to replace McKenry because he is currently on the 40-man roster and is hitting .350 (14-for-40) with 11 RBI over his past ten games with Springfield.
Overall between Memphis and Springfield in 2016, the 6-foot-5 backstop has a slash line of .280/.352/.381 with three homers and 28 RBI. Back in Double-A, the right-handed hitter showed better results with his plate approach to the tune of 19 strikeouts against ten walks in 24 games played.
Jenner to Triple-A again
Jesse Jenner was the second catcher to join Memphis during the day, as he will be asked to move up from Palm Beach fill the vacant spot of Alberto Rosario, now with St. Louis.
Jenner, 22, has been the organization's primary emergency catcher so far this year, with fill in stints with Memphis (two), Springfield (one), and High-A Palm Beach. The Cardinals 2015 seventh round draft pick boasts a .235 average with a home run and 5 RBI over 25 games this season.
Lee to GCL for rehab
Memphis starting pitcher Thomas Lee, who has been out of action since May 11th, began his rehab stint with a scoreless frame against the Gulf Coast League Nationals on Thursday afternoon.
In six starts with Memphis to open the season, Lee struggled, posting a 6.83 ERA over 27 2/3 innings pitched.
Godoy to make his TL debut
Springfield suddenly grew thin at the catching position after Ohlman's promotion and the fact their everyday game-caller, Carson Kelly, will be headed to San Diego, California on Friday to participate in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday.
Ultimately, the organization dipped down to Low-A Peoria and jumped Jose Godoy to Springfield. Godoy carries a .301 average with no homers and 21 RBI in 45 games (163 at-bats) for the Chiefs this season. Given his current stage of development, the 21-year old will likely see minimal Double-A action.
Aikin back to Peoria
After a one-game stint in the Florida State League, Craig Aikin u-turned back to Peoria from High-A Palm Beach. Aikin was hitless in three at-bats in his debut with the Beach Birds on Wednesday night.
Overall, the outfielder owns .250 average with a homer and 23 RBI in 65 games this season.
Rivera returns to FSL for fourth stint
In wake of Jenner's promotion, Chris Rivera was summoned to Palm Beach from State College. In short-season action, Rivera has a minuscule .147 average (5-for-34) with no homers and one RBI in 13 games.
On the season, the recently converted catcher has appeared in 30 games, 17 with the Beach Birds. Overall, Rivera is hitting .246 (14-for-57) with six RBI.
As expected, Jake Woodford was activated from the Peoria Chiefs 7-day disabled list after being placed there on June 25 due to a sprained right elbow.
The right-hander, a Midwest League All-Star, is scheduled to make the Thursday night start against Kane County (ARZ).
Sherriff makes Triple-A ASG
Due to Sam Tuivailala's recent call-up to the big leagues, Memphis reliever Ryan Sherriff was named as his replacement to the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 13th.
The 6-foot-1 southpaw has compiled 3-0 record with 2.28 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 31 games (43 1/3 innings pitched this season). Sherriff has struck out 33 batters against 16 walks and held opposing hitters to a .201 batting clip.
Murders to ink up
The Cardinals 31st round draft pick J.D. Murders, a Bolivar, Missouri product, has agreed to terms on a contract and will sign this weekend at Busch Stadium. Following that, Murders will report to Jupiter, Florida and start off his career with GCL Cardinals, most likely.
The natural shortstop drafted as a second baseman becomes the Cardinals 34th out of 42 draftees to sign this summer. Murders also becomes the second prep prospect the Cardinals drafted and signed out of the Springfield, MO area in the last two years, joining lefty and possibly new teammate Jacob Schlesener.
In his senior campaign with the Liberators of Bolivar, the right-handed hitter capped off a historic high school career with .463 average, six homers, 36 RBI, and tallied 27 runs scored as the marquee number three hitter in their lineup.
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