Stephen Zavala (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

An article updated with transactions and news as it occurs across the St. Louis Cardinals system on Monday, August 8.

An article updated with transactions and news as it occurs across the St. Louis Cardinals system on Monday, August 8.

Zavala Zooms

The Cardinals have reassigned catcher Stephen Zavala from rookie level Johnson City to high-A Palm Beach. No other corresponding addition was announced.

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The 23-year-old, St. Louis’ 37th round draft pick in 2015, appeared in 17 Appalachian League games, with a very odd slash line of .184/.365/.306/.671. That is a result of the right-handed hitter having more walks, 11, than hits, nine. Zavala also struck out in 12 of 49 at-bats.  

Other catchers on the Johnson City roster are Andrew Knizner, Joshua Lopez and Eric Garcia.

 

Rivera Sidelined?

Though the reason Zavala’s move has not yet been announced, I suspect it is to replace Chris Rivera at Palm Beach. The catcher had to leave Sunday’s game during an opponent at-bat in the eighth inning immediately after a baserunner successfully stole second base. Rivera’s replacement in that contest was Steve Bean, who would likely assume the lion’s share of the at-bats if Rivera hits the disabled list.

http://www.scout.com/player/178965-chris-rivera?s=321

In multiple stints with Palm Beach this season totaling 94 at-bats over 28 games, the 21-year-old Rivera’s slash line is a modest .170/.269/.213/.481.

Update: Mid-afternoon Monday, Palm Beach officially placed Rivera on the seven-day disabled list.

 

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As more Cardinals player news is learned on Monday, we will add it right here.

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