Garcia’s wings clipped
The St. Louis Cardinals made the decision to remove Anthony Garcia from the 40-man roster. The outfielder cleared waivers and remains on the roster of Triple-A Memphis.
The 25-year old native of Puerto Rico was added to the 40-man in November 2015 to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. However, Garcia never seriously contended for a spot with St. Louis, even demoted to Double-A Springfield for almost two months last season, from late May to late July.
In 2017 with the Redbirds, the right-handed hitter is off to a rough 6-for-33 start and a slash line of .182/.250/.303/.553. Garcia was St. Louis’ 18th-round draft pick in 2009.
At this point, the Cardinals have not designated a use for Garcia’s roster spot, with the 40-man currently at 39.
Flaherty Top Texas Pitcher
To no one’s surprise, Springfield Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 17-23. In two starts, the 21-year old allowed just eight hits and two walks over 13 2/3 scoreless innings. Flaherty fanned 14 on the way to the lowest ERA among qualifying pitchers in all of minor league baseball at 0.33 (through his first four Double-A starts.
The California native is The Cardinal Nation’s seventh-ranked prospect.
Fernandez Logs Same Honor in FSL
It was lucky seven and 11 for TCN’s Cardinals prospects this week, as on Monday, 11th-ranked Junior Fernandez received Florida State League Pitcher of the Week honors for the April 17-23 period.
The 20-year-old’s only start of the week was most memorable as he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning last Wednesday at home against Tampa. Fernandez finished with just one hit and one free pass issued over eight scoreless frames.
Relief pitcher Josh Wirsu has been released. The right-hander did not report to minor league spring training with the Cardinals and opened the season on Florida State League Cardinals’ disabled list.
The 23-year old was coming off a 3.31 ERA 2016 season across three clubs, primarily Peoria, and finishes his Cardinals career with a 4.61 ERA in 42 appearances. Wirsu was St. Louis’ 30th-round selection in the 2014 draft from Georgia Southern.
It took almost three weeks, but Bryce Denton has been activated from the seven-day disabled list. The 19-year old, St. Louis’ second round draft pick in 2015, is making his Midwest League debut as a an outfielder.
The Cardinal Nation’s 24th-ranked prospect has a career line of .244/.312/.319/.621 in 357 at-bats over 98 games between the Gulf Coast League (2015) and Appalachian League (2016).
Jackson backed off
Based on a solid professional debut at State College last summer, former Tennessee star Vince Jackson made the Peoria roster out of spring training. However, the first three weeks of the regular season were not kind to the 23-year old, and on Monday, the outfielder was returned to extended spring training.
With the Chiefs, Jackson had just three singles and two walks in 33 plate appearances. The left-handed hitters slash line was a painful .097/.143/.097/.230.
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