The day after the St. Louis Cardinals announced their first wide-scale set of minor league moves, they are back at it again on Thursday, with a new group of transactions touching Peoria, Palm Beach and Springfield.
Martinez moves up
The Cardinals have promoted Dailyn Martinez from Peoria to Palm Beach. The 24-year old right-hander initially returned to the Midwest League in his new role as a reliever after making 12 starts for the Chiefs last season.
The transition has not gone well in the early going for the Dominican native. In three 2017 outings totaling 6 2/3 innings, Martinez was touched for 11 hits and six runs for a 8.10 ERA.
O’Reilly makes big jump
To replace Martinez at Peoria, the Cardinals promoted right-handed reliever Mike O'Reilly. MiLB states that the 22-year old had been on the Johnson City roster, but in reality, the only level at which O’Reilly has competed as a professional was the 2016 Gulf Coast League.
There, St. Louis’ 27th-rounder in last June’s draft from Flagler College was very successful against younger competition, striking out 38 against just five walks in 40 innings. His GCL ERA was 2.48.
To fill its roster opening and bring Palm Beach back to 25, the Double-A Cardinals have received left-hander Ross Vance. It is nothing short of amazing to realize a free agent signed last June has reached Double-A already, the same level that only Dakota Hudson from the Cardinals entire 2016 draft class has achieved.
After spending all of 2016 at Johnson City, the 25-year old from the University of West Virginia made the Palm Beach club out of spring camp. With the Beach Birds, Vance tossed 7 1/3 innings and converted one of two save opportunities. He allowed nine hits, five walks and fanned seven. Though five runs scored against him, all were unearned. In a clue to his success, his ground out to fly out ratio is almost two to one (1.83) after he posted a 2.30 mark in the Appalachian League last summer. With Johnson City in 2016, Vance struck out 54 against just eight walks in 40 innings. His Appy League ERA was a solid 2.48.
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