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The St. Louis Cardinals are returning players to prior levels, starting rehabs and signing international players in our Wednesday news

The St. Louis Cardinals are returning players to prior levels, starting rehabs and signing international players in our Wednesday minor league news.

Martini sliding down

After nine days with Triple-A Memphis, Nick Martini is sliding down to Springfield for his second Double-A stint this season. Martini was 5-for-25 (.200) in his most recent go-around with the Redbirds over seven games.

Overall in 2016, the outfielder, who can handle all three spots defensively, has a .250/.343/.338 slash line with two homers and 26 RBI over 77 games. He returns to Springfield after hitting just .171 (6-for-35) in 11 games in total with Memphis.


Godoy headed east

Despite 25 players on the Springfield roster even with Martini's return, third-string catcher Jose Godoy has been returned to Low-A Peoria.

In his lone Texas League at-bat, Godoy beat the shift with a single to the left side of the infield against Corpus Christi (TEX) on Thursday night. With the Chiefs of the Midwest League, the catcher has knocked in 21 runners with a steady .301 batting clip in 45 games.


Arturo Reyes beginning rehab

Following in Thomas Lee's footsteps a week ago, Memphis starting pitcher Arturo Reyes has started his rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League. The right-hander had been sidelined since June 20th with an undisclosed injury. Reyes made his rehab debut on Wednesday afternoon, tossing three one-hit innings against the GCL Astros. He struck out three and walked zero batters.

So far in 2016, Reyes has compiled a 5-4 record with 5.35 ERA over 13 starts. He has struck out 48 against 24 walks in 67 1/3 innings pitched this season for Memphis.


Drongesen back to SC

In the corresponding move with Godoy, Riley Drongesen was pushed back to Low-A (short-season) State College. Drongesen had made his Midwest League debut on Monday, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout against Wisconsin (MIL).

Over seven games in official action this season between the two levels, the catcher is batting .190 (4-for-21) with a homer and 3 RBI.


Cardinals ink 16th international signee

With plenty of money and a good year to spend, the Cardinals continue to capitalize on that opportunity with the signing of Venezuelan shortstop Erik Pena, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.

Pena was expected to sign with the Red Sox organization before Major League Baseball penalized them over 2015 international signings and prohibited them from signing any 2016 international free agents. The 5-foot-10, 155 pounder, is said to be a bouncy, energetic shortstop, who is a switch-hitter, per BA. The Venezuelan is more advanced from the right side and has good contact skills, though he doesn't impact the ball.

BA reports Pena has the hands to play short, though his arm will have to improve. They see second base as a possibility for him.

I was told by an industry source, who has international scouting coverage in Latin America, the Cardinals signed Pena for $500,000, though this has not been confirmed. The talent evaluator described him as a player who can "pick it well at short" with a plus glove and arm. He has good baseball instincts, plays the game "loose", and is fast out of the box.

However, the scout is not sure about Pena's offensive ability, but stated he is young and very raw. The evaluator thinks the Cardinals’ most recent international acquisition has a shot to move up the ladder fast because of his glove.

Pena would be the 16th international July 2nd signee for St. Louis this year, though only 13 of them have been announced by the organization. Details here.


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