St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced three transactions following Monday night’s 12-6 win over the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach.
These transactions reduce the number of players in the team’s Major League camp to 44, including 12 non-roster invitees.
Brian Walton’s take
The Cardinals seem to be making their cuts in small, more frequent batches this spring. None of the three had a reasonable shot to make the team, so the moves are not surprising.
Cunningham, 28, an off-season free agent signing, had just three singles and a double in 22 at-bats for a .192 average, He struck out four times and drew four free passes. The switch hitter is expected to serve in the Triple-A Memphis outfield this season.
Lino, like Cunningham, a winter free agent addition, appeared in just five Grapefruit League games. In his eight plate appearances, the 23-year-old struck out four times, singled twice and walked once for a slash line of .286/.375/.286/.661. I expect Lino to open the season at Double-A Springfield.
Added to the 40-man roster in November, Valera had a typical offensive performance for him this spring – good average but little else. The right-handed hitter logged six singles and a triple in 23 at-bats. The 25-year-old walked once, did not strike out and was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts. Valera’s slash line was .304/.333/.391/.725. I project Valera to be Memphis’ starting second baseman this season.
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