Jeremy Hefner (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports Images)

St. Louis Cardinals minor league news for Thursday stretches from Memphis to the Gulf Coast League – with a direct connection.

St. Louis Cardinals minor league news for Thursday stretches from Memphis to the Gulf Coast League – with a direct connection between the two.

Hazelbaker Happy and Healthy

The other shoe dropped on Thursday to go with outfielder Nick Martini’s return to Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, as Jeremy Hazelbaker came off Memphis’ disabled list. After being sent down from St. Louis on June 17, the 28-year-old went on the shelf on July 4.

In his first eight games with the Triple-A Redbirds this season, the left-handed hitter has six RBI and a slash line of .360/.484/.440/.924.


Hefner Makes it Three

The third starter from Memphis to open his rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League, right-hander Jeremy Hefner, pitched in his first game on Thursday. The 30-year-old last started for the Redbirds on May 29, going on the disabled list the next day with shoulder soreness

Hefner made 10 starts for Memphis, logging a 2-4 record with a 5.08 ERA. He struck out 44 and issued 21 walks in 51 1/3 Pacific Coast League innings.

Hefner joins Arturo Reyes, just one day ahead of him, and Thomas Lee to make the trio of Redbirds working their way back in the GCL.


Davis is Newest Recruit

Perhaps it is a coincidence, but Cardinals scouting director Randy Flores was watching Cape Cod League action just last weekend. On Thursday, the Cardinals announced the signing of Matt Davis, who was leading the wood-bat prospect circuit with seven home runs for Brewster. Davis was also second with 19 RBI in 23 games while batting .293

Davis, who recently completed his junior season at Virginia Commonwealth, signed for $75,000, according to Baseball America. With the Rams this spring, the Pennsylvania native batted .321, but with just six home runs in 57 games. The versatile defender, who can play all four infield positions, hit .323 as a sophomore.

The 21-year-old has joined the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League.


Young Moves Up

With recently-signed infielder J.D. Murders joining the Gulf Coast League Cards this week, the organization moved up another infielder – 2016 37th round draft pick Andy Young, who has joined the State College Spikes.

The Indiana State Baseball product slashed .323/.500/.452/.952 in his 11 GCL contests while playing four positions defensively – second base, third base, left and right field.


Two Cards Prep All-Americans

MaxPreps announced their high school All-American first and second teams on Monday and the Cardinals were well-represented. First-rounder Dylan Carlson, an outfielder in the GCL, was the first-team first baseman. St. Louis’ fifth-rounder, outfielder Walker Robbins was a member of the second team MaxPreps All-American.

Two others with Cardinals ties joined Robbins on the second team - 40th round outfielder Jeremy Ydens, who isn't going to sign, and catcher Jake Matheny, son of St. Louis’ manager.

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