Carson Kelly (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Two top prospects, a former one and a recent Cuban signee have been sent to St. Louis Cardinals minor league camp.

The St. Louis Cardinals optioned catcher Carson Kelly and pitcher Mike Mayers to Triple-A Memphis. Also, two non-roster players - third baseman Patrick Wisdom and outfielder Adolis Garcia - have been reassigned to minor league camp.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced following tonight’s (Monday) 3-2 win over the Houston Astros, that they have reduced their roster by four.  The club optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers and catcher Carson Kelly to Memphis (AAA) and re-assigned to minor league camp infielder Patrick Wisdom and outfielder Adolis Garcia.

These transactions reduce the number of players in the team’s Major League camp to 37, including nine non-roster invitees.

Brian Walton’s take

Since St. Louis has already disclosed its season opening roster, same as I predicted back on March 15, there was no surprise in any of these announced moves.

In spring camp, Wisdom was off to a hot start, with a total of nine hits in 30 at-bats for a .300 average. More than half of them went for extra bases, with two doubles and three home runs to go with six RBI. While those nine hits were good, they do not reverse five years of offensive disappointment from the third baseman.

Kelly, the heir apparent to replace Yadier Molina as St. Louis’ catcher, collected just six singles in 33 at-bats for a spring average of .182. The catcher is The Cardinal Nation’s fourth-ranked prospect for 2017.

After signing, Garcia could not play until March 17, and had just two hits in 12 at-bats (.167), but also drew three walks and was 3-for-3 in stole base attempts.

Mayers yielded just two runs in 11 spring innings. He fanned eight against three walks. The right-hander is TCN’s 30th-ranked Cardinals prospect.

I expect Kelly, Wisdom and Mayers will play key roles with the 2017 Memphis Redbirds, the former two as position player starters and the latter as a member of the rotation.

At this point, however, I am unsure if the un-tested Garcia is ready for Triple-A and so have projected the 23-year-old to open at Double-A Springfield.  Outfielder Harrison Bader remains as one of St. Louis’ final cuts, still to be announced.

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