The St. Louis Cardinals released Memphis reliever Juan Gonzalez on Saturday. The right-hander had a 3-1 record, 5.48 ERA and four saves in six opportunities, but his last hit allowed as a Redbird may have been the most damaging. In his outing against Omaha last Wednesday, the 30-year-old gave up a 10th-inning grand slam that cost Memphis a home win.
The 10-year veteran, formerly with Colorado and the Los Angeles Dodgers, struck out 39 in 42 2/3 innings, but issued a whopping 30 walks. Gonzalez had been signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent last December and was a non-roster invitee to MLB spring training camp.
The Memphis roster had been one player over its limit since the return of Dean Kiekhefer from St. Louis on Friday, so no other moves are currently required.
The Cardinals organization July Pitcher of the Month Matt Pearce has been promoted to Springfield from Palm Beach. The 22-year-old right-hander had pitched exceptionally well for the Beach Birds this season, posting a 2.42 ERA and a team-record and 2016 MiLB-best four complete games. Yet, Pearce has eight losses and four no-decisions in 20 starts due to lack of offensive support. Pearce struck out 81 and issued just 15 walks over his organization-high 136 2/3 innings pitched.
Springfield had been down a starter since losing Austin Gomber and Trey Nielsen to the disabled list on Friday so no other roster moves are needed. Pearce last threw for Palm Beach last Thursday, so Tuesday would be his regular fifth day.
Hudson Exploring New League
Cardinals first-round draft pick Dakota Hudson has moved from one clubhouse to the other in the organization’s Jupiter, Florida facility, promoted from the rookie-level Gulf Coast League to Palm Beach. The right-hander takes Pearce’s spot on the Florida State League club’s roster.
In his time in the GCL since signing, the 21-year-old threw one inning in four separate outings. In all, Hudson fanned nine, allowed four hits, no walks and an unearned run against competition the former Mississippi State star should dominate.
Hudson is the second of the Cardinals top three college pitching draftees to be promoted upward for the final month of the season after Connor Jones joined State College on Saturday. Only Zac Gallen remains in the GCL – but likely not for long.
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