Evans out again
Palm Beach Cardinals placed left-handed pitcher Jacob Evans back on the seven-day disabled list. The starter had been active for just six days after coming off the DL on the 17th.
Since returning, Evans made two starts. On the 17th, he went 2 2/3 innings, allowing four baserunners, but no runs. On Friday night, Evans secured just four outs, yielding three earned runs on six hits and a walk. Overall, the 22-year-old has a 3.98 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 15 walks in 81 1/3 innings.
On Friday, Palm Beach placed second baseman Andrew Brodbeck on the seven-day disabled list.
Brodbeck, 22, is on his third stint with the Beach Birds this season and also played six games with Johnson City. In his 25 contests with Palm Beach, the right-handed hitter has a line of .194/.264/.258/.522.
Palm Beach activated second baseman Darren Seferina from the seven-day disabled list on Saturday, taking Brodbeck’s spot. The Cardinals offensive catalyst missed the minimum time, but did not appear in Saturday’s game.
Seferina, The Cardinal Nation’s 29th-ranked prospect in the system, leads the FSL with 32 stolen bases and is tied for sixth with five triples but the 22-year-old’s slash line is a somewhat-disappointing .247/.311/.320/.631.
Peoria loses second key performer
The Peoria Chiefs lost their second offensive catalyst in two days. After Edmundo Sosa was promoted to Palm Beach on Friday second baseman Eliezer Alvarez was placed on seven-day disabled list on Saturday. Alvarez, a Midwest League All-Star, was hit by a pitch in the back of the head during Friday’s first inning, but remained in the game until the fifth inning. It was later determined he had suffered a concussion.
The 21-year-old leads the Chiefs in runs (51), hits (108, tied), doubles (26), triples (5), RBI (48), batting average (.321), OBP (.403), slugging (.464) and OPS (.867). In other words, Alvarez will be missed.
Swirchak is backfill
Infielder Josh Swirchak was added to Peoria’s roster from State College to backfill for Alvarez.
Swirchak, 23, struggled in limited action with the Spikes, with a line of .186/.262/.220/.482 over 59 at-bats in 16 New York-Penn League games. The right-handed hitter also appeared in 10 games with the 2015 Chiefs.
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