The St. Louis Cardinals were quiet in Monday’s main event across Major League Baseball, the First-Year Player Draft, having forfeited all three of their first two round picks. The first was taken away for the signing of free agent Dexter Fowler and the next two were sent to Houston in compensation for the Chris Correa hacking case.
Even so, the organization was very busy to open the new week. Details follow.
O’Reilly takes more MWL honors
The Midwest League announced that Peoria Chiefs all-star pitcher Mike O'Reilly was named the Class-A league’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 5-11. O’Reilly defeated Kane County at home on Wednesday with the Chiefs first nine-inning complete-game shutout since May 2013. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three. The outing marked O’Reilly’s fourth straight quality start and he has gone at least five innings in all six starts this season.
Overall, the 22-year old is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP in nine games and six starts. He has struck out 42 and walked just four over 48 innings while holding opponents to a .183 average. Among MWL starters with at least 48 innings, he is first in WHIP, third in batting average against and fifth in ERA.
Arozarena conquers FSL
Outfielder Randy Arozarena was named the Florida State League Player of the Week for the period of June 5-11. The 22-year old Havana, Cuba native has been on a power surge as he homered in all three weekend games and in four of his last five played prior to receiving the honor. That included a Sunday grand slam.
The right-handed hitter’s numbers for the week were impressive, including a .333 average and .944 OPS. Of his six hits, five went for extra bases, including two doubles, three long balls, seven RBI, four runs scored, three walks and two stolen bases.
On the season, the first-year Cardinal leads the Beach Birds with 35 RBI and including Monday, has hit in 11 straight and reached base in the last 13 contests.
DeJong heading out
In a move announced Monday, infielder Paul DeJong has been optioned by St. Louis to Memphis. With second baseman Kolten Wong off the disabled list, the best thing for DeJong is to return to Triple-A and play every day.
In his MLB debut, which began on May 28, the 23-year old appeared in 12 games, with a slash line of .244/.244/.390/.634. DeJong hit three doubles, homered once and plated four, but also fanned 13 times and drew no walks in 41 plate appearances.
Though not disclosed yet, the Cardinals are expected to add another pitcher, perhaps Sam Tuivailala, to replace DeJong on the 25-man active roster on Tuesday.
In doing so, the team would return to its early season mix of eight relievers and a four-man bench.
Tuesday update: Tuivailala has indeed been promoted to St. Louis for what I think is the 12th time in his career.
Marco making short-term move
Marco Gonzales will also be recalled from the Triple-A Redbirds as the 26th man for the second game of Tuesday’s double header. The lefty will start the evening contest, his first action for St. Louis since September 2015, then be returned to Memphis afterward.
This season, the 25-year old has just one win in six starts despite a stellar 2.97 ERA. Gonzales has fanned 31 and walked nine in 36 1/3 innings while holding Pacific Coast League batters to a collective .212 average at the plate.
Shew Ends, Leitao on Stage
On Monday, Brennan Leitao was returned to Palm Beach, reversing moves made two days earlier following two extra-inning games totaling 26 innings that taxed the Beach Birds’ pen and drove moves to temporarily add fresh arms.
Shew’s lone FSL outing was a rough one, as the right-hander was charged with five earned runs on six hits and a walk over three innings.
Other than a one-week DL stint in May, Leitao has been active with Palm Beach all season. The 23-year old has been dependable, with 19 strikeouts against six walks and a 2.12 ERA over 25 innings.
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