Gant honored – Memphis Redbirds release
Memphis Redbirds right-hander John Gant has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 12-18, the league office announced Monday.
Gant posted his best start as a member of the Cardinals organization on Friday against Colorado Springs. After walking the leadoff batter, the right-hander retired the next 13 batters in order before a one-out bunt single in the fifth inning. He then proceeded to set down 11 of the final 12 hitters he faced, punctuated by striking out the side in the eighth inning. Gant needed just 90 pitches to complete eight scoreless frames, striking out six overall.
It marked the first win with Memphis for Gant, who is now 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts. He has also made one appearance with St. Louis at Cincinnati on June 6. He was acquired in the offseason from Atlanta as part of the Jaime Garcia deal in December.
The strong outing was the third of at least eight scoreless innings for Gant in his seven-year career and first since 2015. He also became just the fifth starter in the PCL this season to throw eight scoreless frames.
Gant becomes the second Redbird to win the award this year, joining Luke Weaver, who earned the accolade for the week of May 1-7.
Young moves up
During their all-star break, the Palm Beach Cardinals’ infield contingent was hit hard, with Tommy Edman excused for personal reasons and Edmundo Sosa and Leobaldo Pina moved up to help cover injuries at Double-A Springfield.
The Beach Birds received one roster replacement on Monday in Midwest League All-Star Andy Young. The 23-year old has been one of Peoria’s top hitters in 2017, with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 58 games. Young’s MWL slash line was an impressive .284/.379/.545/.924. He was St. Louis’ 37th-round selection last June from Indiana State.
With Young pulled out of the MWL All-Star Game, his fellow Chiefs infielder J.R. Davis was named to the West Division team as his replacement. The game will be held Tuesday night in Midland, Michigan, with Davis joining Chiefs pitchers Mike O’Reilly and Jordan Hicks and first baseman Stefan Trosclair. Along with Young, catcher Andrew Knizner was promoted and unable to participate.
Davis, 22, has a slash line of .244/268/.350/.618 in 160 at-bats over 40 MWL contests. The second baseman has five steals in six attempts, has driven in 17 and scored 12 times. The Cardinals’ 16th rounder last June from Oklahoma State was a 2016 Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star.
Edman doesn’t miss anything
On Monday, the Palm Beach Cardinals activated shortstop Tommy Edman from the temporarily inactive list, where he had been placed on Friday. The club had been off from Friday through Sunday for the Florida State League all-star break, so the 22-year old did not miss any game action.
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.
Check back here for any additional St. Louis Cardinals minor league moves that are disclosed on Monday.
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