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