International list grows
The Cardinals have come to terms with their 17th signee of the 2016-2017 international signing season. The newest recruit is 21-year old Cuban shortstop/center fielder Randy Arozarena, signed for $1.25 million. The agreement was first reported by Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald and amplified by Baseball America.
BA’s ninth-ranked Cuban prospect in 2015 is known for his on-base skills and line drive capability to all fields and is a plus runner. Arozarena had been playing for the Toritos del Tecate in the feeder Mexican Northern League, where he slashed .377/.466/.555/1.021 in 296 plate appearances, leading the league in batting average, runs scored (66) and stolen bases, with 42 in 54 attempts.
The Cardinals have not yet confirmed the signing, with BA assessing that Arozarena has the skills to open at A-Advanced Palm Beach.
Healthy Hefner rejoins Memphis
Having worked around injury-plagued rotation for much of the season, the Memphis Redbirds will regain another starter from injury shortly, Jeremy Hefner. Hefner, who has yet to be officially activated, returned to Triple-A after making two rehab starts with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, completing his assignment on Sunday.
Hefner was shut down after his May 29 start due to right shoulder inflammation. He has been cleared to throw five innings in a game for Triple-A Memphis this week. Between two appearances in his rehab, the righty pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits.
For the season, Hefner has 2-4 record with 5.08 ERA in 10 starts (51 1/3 IP) in the Pacific Coast League. The Oklahoma native struck out 44 batters and walked 21.
The Redbirds have “TBA” listed for their Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starters, so Hefner should be activated very soon.
Katz off DL again
Mason Katz was activated for Double-A Springfield after being sidelined with a hamstring injury for nearly a month. The second baseman posted a 2-for-4 performance in his return to action on Monday night against Tulsa (LAD).
The 25-year old, who has been held out for the majority of 2016 due to leg injuries, has played mostly with Springfield. When on the field, the infielder has been productive, hitting a robust .381/.458/.646 (16-for-42) with three homers and 7 RBI in the Texas League. His biggest hurdle continues to be to remain healthy.
Sohn back to Beach
With Katz’ activation, backfill Andrew Sohn was returned to High-A Palm Beach on Monday. In his second stint with Springfield, Sohn went 7-for-18 (.388) with an RBI.
The middle infielder posted a 0-for-3 in his return to Florida State League action Monday. With the Beach Birds, Sohn is slashing .194/.320/.266 with two homers and 11 RBI in 44 games (124 at-bats).
Walter returning to PB, too
After a brief introduction to Double-A, John Walter was assigned to Palm Beach after four starts in the Texas League. Walter posted 0-3 record with a rocky 7.97 ERA in his Springfield debut stint.
With the Beach Birds, the righty has 3.10 ERA in four starts (20 1/3 IP). Walter fanned 13 batters against six walks.
Seferina not ready, after all
Darren Seferina had a short-lived time on the active list at Palm Beach. After being activated on Saturday, he was returned to the DL on Monday. After missing the minimum time in his first DL stint, the Beach Birds offensive catalyst must not have been ready, after all.
Originally, the 22-year old was penciled to start the second game of Palm Beach's doubleheader Saturday night before being a late scratch from the lineup. He last played on July 15.
Seferina, The Cardinal Nation’s 29th-ranked prospect in the system, leads the Florida State League 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.
Brebbia summoned to Triple-A
With Sam Tuivailala and Dean Kiekhefer called up for Tuesday's doubleheader, John Brebbia was promoted to Triple-A Memphis from Springfield to provide a fresh arm out of the bullpen. This will make his second stint in the Pacific Coast League.
Between stops with Springfield and Memphis in 2016, the right-hander sports a 4.50 ERA in 31 games (48 IP). Brebbia has struck out 48 batters against ten walks.
Baker headed to Springfield
Corey Baker is headed back to Springfield after tossing seven innings for Triple-A Memphis on Monday night. In a loss, Baker allowed four earned runs on ten hits against Iowa (CHI).
The righty was punished in his introduction to Triple-A, surrendering 28 earned runs over 31 innings pitched for an 8.13 ERA in six starts. He punched out 23 batters and walked 10.
With Springfield, Baker had 2-5 record with 5.12 ERA in 14 starts over 65 innings pitched. The Cardinals 49th round selection in 2011 has slowed significantly since a sterling month of April in which he posted a 1.29 ERA in four starts, and claimed the Texas League Pitcher of the Week honor for April 25th through May 1st.
Springfield gets hot hitter in Turgeon
Taking Walter's place on Springfield roster, Casey Turgeon was promoted to Double-A from High-A Palm Beach on Tuesday. The infielder will be making his Texas League debut.
The former University of Florida product owns .271/.382/.445/.827 slash line this season between Low-A Peoria and Palm Beach this season. The 23-year old has clubbed three homers and drove in 19 with 14 doubles out of 42 total hits in 44 games (155 at-bats) in 2016.
In 27 plate appearances since coming off the disabled list on July 16, Turgeon has been red hot, with a slash line of .364/.464/.864/1.328.
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