Knizner receives big promo to AA
Midwest League starting All-Star backstop Andrew Knizner headlined Wednesday’s minor league moves, receiving a promotion to Double-A Springfield from Peoria, bypassing High-A Palm Beach entirely.
In his first full season of professional baseball, Knizner was the Chiefs' top offensive performer, hitting .279 with eight homers and 29 RBI. There is no telling if this move is a temporary solution or not, but it appears the Cardinals promoted the right-handed hitter to beef up an offensive-starved Springfield lineup for the last week of the first half Texas League playoff push.
One pro scout said two weeks ago Knizner was the most impressive prospect on the Peoria roster along with Tommy Edman, who has already been promoted to Palm Beach. Assuming Knizner is able to hit at Double-A, there is no reason why he should not stick at the level despite the jump.
The only prospect catcher nearby who was ahead of him was Jeremy Martinez, who struggled so badly at Palm Beach that he was returned to extended spring training.
No other moves were announced at Peoria to replace Knizner.
Caldwell backfills to Springfield
With Marco Gonzales returning to Triple-A Memphis after his one start as the 26th man for the Cardinals double header on Tuesday night, Bruce Caldwell was returned to Springfield in the corresponding move for Gonzales.
Over seven games in the PCL, Caldwell had just two hits in 16 at-bats including a double and two RBI. Overall between Springfield and Memphis, the middle infielder is hitting .233 with seven homers and 26 RBI over 49 games.
Diekroeger back to the Beach
In the accompanying move for Caldwell at Springfield, designated hitter and infielder Danny Diekroeger was sent back to the Palm Beach Cardinals.
In his debut with Springfield, Diekroeger had a .189 average (7-for-37) with a double, one RBI, four walks, and eight strikeouts in 16 games.
Hudzina returns to State College
As Diekroeger makes his way to Palm Beach, the Beach Birds announced third baseman Danny Hudzina was reassigned to Low-A (short-season) State College, where he played in 2016.
Between his 2017 stints at Palm Beach and Peoria, Hudzina holds a .181 average (27 games) with two homers and five RBI through 83 at-bats. In his brief time in the Florida State League, Hudzina went 0-for-3, including two strikeouts, but also drew two walks and scored both times.
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