Tenth round pick RHP Daniel McCutchen and SS Ryan Rohlinger (21st round) have both returned to Oklahoma for their senior years. OF Steven Blackwood (26th round) has also elected to not sign, returning to Georgia Tech.
The Cardinals have signed 40 of their 51 picks. One (Tyler Greene) has already advanced to High Class A Palm Beach, while eight others have already made it to Low Class A Quad Cities. Last season, only four 2004 draftees made it to Low Class A Peoria.
News and Notes
• The Cardinals have informed Anthony Reyes that he will be recalled in September, though it is not yet clear how many more starts he will be making for Triple-A Memphis. His next scheduled start would be on Monday (Aug. 29), but he could start again on September 3 because the Redbird's season doesn't end until September 5.
Reyes, who won his Major League debut on August 9 in a spot-start, was dominating in his first start since being sent back down, fanning a Memphis Redbirds franchise record 15 batters in seven shutout innings. He has struggled, however, in his past two starts, allowing 12 runs in eleven innings.
• The Arizona Fall League rosters were officially announced on Wednesday night and, as first reported here at the Birdhouse, Cory Doyne, Travis Hanson, Cody Haerther and Gabe Johnson will all be in Surprise (Ariz.) next month. RHP Andy Cavazos has also been added to the roster.
The Cardinals will also be adding another player. It has not been announced yet, but we have been told that Chris Lambert was invited. The league will consist of a 32-game season, beginning on Oct. 4 and ending on Nov. 10 with the championship game on Nov. 12.
• LHP Chris Narveson is likely out for the season with a sore shoulder. The Memphis Redbirds placed the 23-year-old on the 7-day disabled list on Monday.
Narveson, who was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals a couple weeks ago, had a 12.15 ERA in two starts for Memphis.
• Three players from the Springfield Cardinals were named to the 2005 Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team on Wednesday. Third baseman Travis Hanson, outfielder Tyler Minges and starting pitcher Randy Leek were all named to the team, as voted on by managers, radio broadcasters and members of the media.
Hanson, 24, has appeared in a team-best 124 games and is hitting .281 with 20 homers and currently leads the Texas League in RBIs with 91.
Minges, 26, recently went on the disabled list and will have shoulder surguery next Thursday. He had a career-year, hitting .324 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs.
Leek, 28, leads the Texas League with 13 wins and has a 3.88 ERA in 171-2/3 innings pitched.
Kevin Ool, who is currently with Springfield, was named to the Midwest League Post-Season All Star Team on Wednesday. The lefty went 9-2 with three saves, posting a 2.15 ERA in 30 appearances for low-Class A Quad Cities before being promoted to Palm Beach.
• Five New Jersey Cardinals were selected to the inaugural New York-Penn League All-Star game that was played on Tuesday in Brooklyn. Pitcher Jeremy Zick, Catcher Brandon Yarbrough, OF Sean Danielson, OF Chad Gabriel and 1B A.J. Van Slyke were all selected. Van Slyke, however, was unable to attend because he recently had surgery on his shoulder. He is expected to be fully recovered in 2-3 months.
Zick has a 1.56 ERA in 34-2/3 innings out of the bullpen, striking out 20 and walking 10. He appeared in the game, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.
Yarbrough, who has also spent time at Quad Cities this season, is batting .274 in 47 games for New Jersey. He went 0-1 at the plate.
Danielson, who was signed this season as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Texas at San Antonio, is batting .330 with a double, two triples, six RBIs and 10 steals this season. He was 0-1 in the game, but did collect an RBI.
Gabriel was the only Cardinal that started in the game, going 1-1 with a run scored. He is hitting .315 on the season.
• RHP Blake Hawksworth appeared in a game for the first time since July 25 on Wednesday night, allowing two runs in only 1/3 of an inning out of the bullpen for short-season Class A New Jersey. He had been out with a sore shoulder.
Hawksworth has a 7.82 ERA in six appearances since beginning a 30-day rehab assignment with New Jersey on July 1.
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