Jason Scott's Cardinals Prospect Report -6/16

Our popular weekly feature with news and commentary about Cardinals minor leaguers from our Minor League Co-Editor Jason Scott. This week's report focuses on a promotion, a near-perfect game, the Texas and Midwest Leagues All-Star Teams representatives and more!

On Monday, Chris Narveson was added to the Memphis Redbirds roster after completing his rehab assignment at high Class A Palm Beach. On Tuesday, he made his first Triple-A start since last season.

The 24-year-old lefty pitched 6-2/3 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and one walk. He didn't strike anyone out, but he did pick up the win. On a strict pitch count, Narveson threw 94 pitches.

"It felt good," Narveson told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal after the game. "I threw the ball down the middle of the plate a lot, but my defense was there for me."

Narveson made two starts for the Redbirds, after being re-acquired by the Cardinals last season, but he was shut down on August 19, with a sore shoulder that would require offseason labrum surgery. He was activated and assigned to Palm Beach on May 23, where he would make three starts and post a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings, allowing just nine hits, striking out 13 and walking only one.

Mitch Boggs took a perfect game into the ninth inning for the Palm Beach Cardinals on Wednesday night. Having retired the first 24 batters of the game, Boggs allowed a leadoff single to J.T. Restko in the final inning, but struck out the next three hitters to preserve the 4-0 win for the Cards. He finished the game with 11 strikeouts.

The 22-year-old righthander improved to 2-0 with a 0.41 ERA, striking out 19 and walking three, in the month of June.

• Adam Rodgers, the Cardinals 25th round draft pick last season out of Rice University, announced on Thursday that he will retire. The 23-year-old was hitting .244 in 49 games for the Swing of Quad Cities. He hit .287 in 60 games for short-season Class A New Jersey in his professional debut last season.

Another player that will no longer be in the organization is Ty Parker, who was released by the Cardinals on Friday. The 25-year-old outfielder began the season with Double-A Springfield, but was sent down to Palm Beach on May 17, after hitting .159 in 17 games. He was hitting .191 in 20 games for Palm Beach. Parker was an eighth round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2002.

• The All-Star teams have recently been named for both the Texas and Midwest Leagues.

The Texas League's game will be placed on June 20, at Ray Winder Field in Little Rock, AR. Four Springfield Cardinals players were named to the North Division team: Outfielder Reid Gorecki, third baseman Rico Washington and pitchers Stuart Pomeranz and Mark Worrell.

Gorecki, the only Cardinal to make the starting lineup, is hitting .255/.339/.510 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 62 games. Washington, 28, is not in the lineup, but is having a much better season than Gorecki, hitting .333/.455/.635 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI.

Pomeranz, 21, is 7-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 13 starts. In 79-1/3 innings, he has struck out 47 and walked 20. Despite having a 4.91 ERA, Worrell has racked up 17 saves in 28 appearances, striking out 37 in 29-1/3 innings.

Six Swing of the Quad Cities players were named to the West roster for the Midwest League All-Star Game: Catcher Bryan Anderson, outfielder Colby Rasmus, and designated hitter Randy Roth were all named starters, while lefthanders Jaime Garcia and Danny Borne, and righthander Jon Mikrut were also named to the team.

Anderson, 19, is having a phenomenal year, hitting .327/.407/.450 in 47 games. He began the year splitting time behind the plate with Brandon Yarbrough, but took became the starter when Yarbrough was promoted to Palm Beach in late May.

Rasmus, the Cardinals first pick in last year's draft, is hitting .308/.366/.488 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 64 games. Roth is hitting .303/.354/.528 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 65 games.

Garcia, 19, has a 2.90 ERA in 13 starts, allowing 67 hits, striking out 80 and walking 18 in 77-2/3 innings pitched. Borne has a 0.82 ERA in 22 appearances out of the bullpen, having allowed just 14 hits, while striking out 27 and walking 11.

Mikrut, signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent last June, was converted to a pitcher by the Cardinals over the offseason. Last season, at Johnson City, Mikrut played mostly third base and designated hitter. He has appeared in 27 games out of the Swing bullpen this season, posting a 3.13 ERA, allowing 20 hits, striking out 29 and walking 11 in 31-2/3 innings.

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