Hoffpauir, Parisi, All-Star Ool head to Palm Beach; Yarbrough goes to short-season New Jersey The St. Louis Cardinals Sunday reassigned four players from the Swing of the Quad Cities roster and activated pitcher Jackson Paz from the disabled list. The Cardinals promoted All-Star relief pitcher Kevin Ool, starting pitcher Mike Parisi, and second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir to Class A-Advanced Palm Beach, while also transferring catcher Brandon Yarbrough to short-season New Jersey.
Hoffpauir, a sixth-round pick in 2004 out of Southern Mississippi, batted .313 with two home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games with the Swing, drawing 21 walks against 14 strikeouts. A fixture in the middle of the Swing lineup, Hoffpauir held a batting average as high as .352 during the course of the season, and ranked as high as third in the league in hitting at various times. On Friday, Hoffpauir belted his second home run of the year, a solo shot to break a scoreless tie against Midwest League ERA leader Sean Gallagher.
Parisi, a righthanded pitcher who was selected in the ninth round of the 2004 draft out of Manhattan College, gets the call to Palm Beach after going 5-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts for Quad Cities. On Saturday, Parisi had a four-start win streak snapped with a loss at Peoria. During the streak, he had gone 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA, twice setting a career-high with eight full innings of work. Parisi's five wins are tied with teammate Dennis Dove for the most among Swing starting pitchers, and he leads the staff in both innings pitched (86) and strikeouts (66).
Ool has been promoted just three days before he was to participate in the 2005 Pepsi MWL All-Star Classic at Peoria's O'Brien Field. Recently named the Topps Midwest League Player of the Month for May, Ool has gone 9-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 30 outings for the Swing. He ranks second in the league with 30 appearances, and his nine wins are tied for second-most in the Midwest League and are tied for third in all of Organized Baseball. A 16th-round pick in the 2002 draft out of Marist College by the Boston Red Sox, Ool was acquired with another minor leaguer by St. Louis in exchange for big league pitcher Mike Myers late in spring training.
In addition, Brandon Yarbrough has been sent to short-season New Jersey despite a productive first half in which he batted .214 with four home runs and 17 RBI. A fifth-round pick in the 2003 draft, Yarbrough recently strung together a 12-game hitting streak, second-longest by a Swing player this season. The catcher has had several offensive highlights, including hitting for the cycle in a comeback win at Kane County on April 19, and a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth inning at Clinton on May 8. Yarbrough, who had been splitting time with All-Star catcher Brady Toops for much of the season, is expected to be the everyday catcher for New Jersey.
Paz, a lefthander out of Maracaibo, Venezuela, has been on the shelf with a sore right shoulder since April 23. He returned from the shelf and worked out of the bullpen on Sunday, allowing one hit and one walk in one-third of an inning. Overall, Paz has gone 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five relief outings for the Swing. For his career, Paz has gone 17-2 in 76 appearances for three different major league organizations.
The Swing roster currently has 22 active players, three shy of the Midwest League maximum. Because three roster moves are expected before the start of the second half, the Swing will send an updated roster on Wednesday, when the roster is finalized.
UP NEXT: Four Swing players – Matt Shepherd, Mike Sillman, Brady Toops and Jaymie Torres – will participate in the Pepsi MWL All-Star Classic on Tuesday at Peoria's O'Brien Field. The Swing then start the second half on Thursday at Wisconsin, with starting pitchers still undetermined First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and pregame coverage will kickoff at 6:50 p.m. on WKBF Progressive Talk AM-1270.
NEXT HOME GAME: After the all-star break, the Swing will open up the second half on the road before returning home for a three-game set with Wisconsin from June 27-29. That series will include Black and Gold Night, DARE Night with the Swing, John Deere Collector's Night, Beach Party Night, Fireworks, and a Hooters/97 Rock Beverage Night. For more information, visit www.swingbaseball.com or call (563) 324-3000.