Edmundo Sosa (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Breaking down all the transactions and news items across the St. Louis Cardinals system over the weekend of June 16-18, 2017.

Breaking down all the transactions and news items across the St. Louis Cardinals system over the weekend of June 16-18, 2017.

Check back to this thread during the June 16-18 weekend as it is updated with St. Louis Cardinals minor league transaction news as it occurs. The news starts with Palm Beach shortstops Edmundo and Edman, both on the move.

Sunday update: Sosa honeymoon surprisingly short

The last time Edmundo Sosa was promoted to a new level, he lasted nine games with the Palm Beach Cardinals in the summer of 2016 before suffering a season-ending injury. Fast forward to 2017, when the shortstop came off the Beach Birds’ disabled list for his promotion to Springfield on Friday.
This time, the halo effect of the new level lasted just one game.  After an 0-for-4 with one walk Double-A debut on Friday night, the 21-year old went back on the DL – this time with Springfield on Sunday.


Sunday update: Grayson a goner

OK, not a goner, but at least gone from the lineup for seven days or more. The bad weekend luck for the S-Cards was not limited to Sosa, as infielder Casey Grayson was placed on the Double-A club’s DL on Saturday.
The 25-year old, who last played on Thursday, continues to be an on-base focused, but underpowered first baseman. Grayson’s slash line this season is .247/.332/.323/.655 in 195 at-bats over 61 Texas League contests.


Sunday update: Pina backfills

To help fill the roster gaps at Springfield, the Cardinals promoted third baseman/shortstop Leobaldo Pina from Palm Beach on Sunday.
Pina, 22, will be making his Texas League debut. The Venezuelan is far from red-hot currently, having hit .179 over his last 10 games and .229 overall in 43 Florida State League contests. Like Grayson, Pina is underpowered for a corner infield spot, with a .331 SLG with the Beach Birds.

On the positive side, the right-handed thrower is diverse. Pina has served as an emergency pitcher, having taken the mound during three different Palm Beach blowout losses this season. Then again, he was not effective in the role, posting a 12.25 ERA.

Saturday update: Fernandez and Arozarena honored

The Palm Beach Cardinals lost two all-stars to promotion, but gained two others as replacements as pitcher Junior Fernandez and outfielder Randy Arozarena were named to the South team for Saturday night’s Florida State League All-Star Game.
The pair joined Beach Birds teammate, second baseman Darren Seferina, in the trip to Lakeland, Florida.  Fernandez (#10), Arozarena (#28) and Seferina (#35) are all ranked among The Cardinal Nation’s top 50 prospects.
Arozarena, the reigning FSL Player of the Week, won the abbreviated pre-game Home Run Derby and had previously been named to join Seferina in the South’s starting lineup.

Saturday update: Baker honored
Springfield reliever Corey Baker has been added to the Texas League North Division All-Star Team. The reliable right-hander has a 2-1 record with a 2.56 ERA in 19 appearances, 14 of which have been scoreless.
Baker joins three other Springfield All-Stars – CF Oscar Mercado, RHP Dakota Hudson and RHP Matt Pearce. RHP Jack Flaherty and SS Alex Mejia were also selected but are now with Triple-A Memphis. The TL All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, June 27 in Frisco, Texas.

Saturday update: More Martinez moves

Actually, it was only one additional transaction, as catcher Jeremy Martinez was returned to the Palm Beach roster from extended spring training on June 1, the next day after his move downward to State College.
Oddly, the 22-year old remained out of game action with the Beach Birds from May 25 until July 9 and only played in one more contest after that, on July 13, before the club went into the Florida State League all-star break. Martinez is struggling very much at the plate, batting just .164 on the season. Since May 6, he has just one hit, a single, in his last 43 at-bats (.023).

Saturday update: Rivera is not back

Due to a misleading entry at MiLB.com last week, it appeared that catcher Chris Rivera had returned to the organization after leaving late in spring training and had been assigned to State College.
In reality, that was not the case, as Rivera is now shown on the voluntarily retired list.

Saturday update: Diaz is back, sort of

On the other hand, a player who we removed from the rosters after he did not report to spring camp, pitcher Oneiver Diaz, is back after missing all of 2016 due to injury.
In his new role as a reliever, the 20-year old right-hander has been returned to the Dominican Summer League, where he made his debut on Friday, throwing a scoreless inning. At this point, any hope of Diaz being a prospect seems to have passed.

Saturday update: Outfield trio axed
The combination of the Cardinals signing some promising international outfielders and still being in short-season ball four or five years after signing meant the end of Cardinals careers for three, who had been toiling in extended spring training.
On May 26, Anthony Ray and Bladimil Franco were given their release off the State College roster and nine days before, DeAndre Asbury suffered the same fate. The latter played for Johnson City last season.
They were given plenty of chances as Franco, 23, was signed in late 2011, while Asbury (aka Asbury-Heath), 21, and Ray, 22, were both drafted in 2013.
OPS’s last season: Franco (SC, Peoria, Palm Beach) .515, Asbury (JC) .704 and Ray (SC) .625.

Stay tuned to The Cardinal Nation for short-season roster news this weekend!

Sosa gets big chance

After shortstop Alex Mejia was transferred to Memphis on Thursday, the Springfield Cardinals received a replacement on Friday in shortstop Edmundo Sosa, up from High-A Palm Beach’s disabled list. The 21-year old is The Cardinal Nation’s 12th-ranked prospect.


Sosa started the 2017 season with the Beach Birds after appearing there for nine games last year, before suffering a season ending injury. Prior to the Panamanian going on the DL with an undisclosed injury on June 1, he slashed .272/.315/.342/.657 with nine doubles, one triple, nine RBI and three steals in three tries over 42 Florida State League games.

Sosa is the last of the three Latin American position players added to the Cardinals’ 40-man roster during the off-season, to reach Springfield, following Magneuris Sierra and Eliezer Alvarez.

Palm Beach, off for three days for the all-star break, has not yet announced a roster replacement and likely won’t for a few days.


Edman gets official break during break

Good thing Palm Beach is off, or they would be short both shortstops. On Saturday, the Florida State League club placed shortstop Tommy Edman on the temporarily inactive list.


Since joining Palm Beach from Peoria on May 26, Edman has plated 10 runners in 16 games and has a slash line of .262/.343/.377/.720.


Oxnevad away, too

After securing his first Peoria win in 11 tries on Thursday (1-7 with three no-decisions, despite a 3.95 ERA), pitcher Ian Oxnevad was placed on the Chiefs temporarily inactive list on Friday.


With the Peoria club finishing the first half on Sunday, it seems reasonable to assume that the lefty should be back to make his first post-break turn in the rotation.


Roster and player information

The team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation are as up-to-date for St. Louis and all four full-season clubs. To access these team rosters, click on the words “PROSPECTS” > “MiLB Rosters/Player Pages” underneath The Cardinal Nation site logo. (Note that all draftees are temporarily parked on the GCL roster, with their uniform number denoting their round taken.)

To see the Cardinals’ entire system by level and position on one page along with every player transaction for every club all year long, check out the newly-refreshed Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. All draftees’ known signing and roster status are noted there.

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