Breyvic Valera (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals reassigned two players and optioned another to minor league camp Monday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals reassigned two players and optioned another to minor league camp Monday night.

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.

Outfielder Todd Cunningham and catcher Gabriel Lino were re-assigned to minor league camp while infielder Breyvic Valera was optioned to Memphis (AAA).

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.

For more

To see the current camp assignments, full 2016 season-ending rosters by level and position and every transaction across the entire Cardinals system on one page, check out the Roster Matrix, always up-to-date and free at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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