Home Run Leader Roth Promoted to Palm Beach

Midwest League home run leader Randy Roth has been promoted to Palm Beach, and taking his place on the Swing roster will be recent draftee Mark Hamilton, the Swing of the Quad Cities announced Monday.


Roth, who currently leads the league in both home runs (18) and hits (118), was on pace to set new single-season franchise marks for home runs, hits, and total bases at the time of his promotion.

On the same day, the St. Louis Cardinals have placed RHP Mark McCormick on the Quad Cities Disabled List and activated top pick RHP Adam Ottavino. McCormick heads to the Cardinals' complex in Palm Beach for rehab work on his right shoulder, while Ottavino is scheduled to start Tuesday against Southwest Michigan.

Roth, a slugging 24-year-old first baseman from Louisiana, dominated Midwest League pitching during his 97-game stint in the Quad Cities, currently finding himself among the league-leaders with a .307 batting average (9th), 67 RBI (2nd), 45 extra-base hits (2nd), and a .523 slugging percentage (3rd) in addition to his home run and hits totals. The highlight of his season was a 19-game hitting streak that lasted from April 21-May 10, a stretch in which he batted .368 with eight home runs and 21 runs batted in. That streak is currently tied for the longest in the league this season.

Roth has been replaced on the roster by 2006 draftee Hamilton, a supplemental second-rounder (76th overall) out of Tulane University. The powerful first baseman hit .336 with a conference-best 20 home runs and 69 RBI for the Green Wave in 2006, earning Conference USA Player of the Year and Baseball America First Team All-America accolades. The 6-4, 220-pound native of Texas began his pro career with 29 games for the State College Spikes (New York-Penn League), where he homered eight times and drove in 24 runs while slugging .548.

Also activated to the Swing roster was the Cardinals' 2006 top pick, Northeastern product Ottavino, who was selected with the 30th pick of the first round. The Brooklyn native began his pro career with six starts for State College, where he went 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. The 6-5, 215-pounder capped his stellar collegiate career with the Huskies by breaking his own single-season record with 120 strikeouts in 2006, going 4-5 with a 2.98 ERA. His final campaign included five games in which he fanned 12 or more batters, including a 14-strikeout performance on April 7 in which he tossed a no-hitter against James Madison, the nation's highest scoring team. Ottavino had previously catapulted onto the prospect radar when he struck out 12 against No. 1 ranked Georgia Tech in his first start of the season on March 7.

The final roster move of the day regards McCormick, a flame-throwing righthander who was a supplemental first-rounder (43rd overall) out of Baylor in the 2005 draft. McCormick is 2-4 with a 3.78 ERA this season, but has battled shoulder inflammation in his right arm since first landing on the Disabled List on June 2. He returned from the DL on July 10 to make a start at Dayton, but has not pitched since and has been sent to Florida to rehab for the second time this year.

The Swing of the Quad Cities roster currently stands at 24 active players, one less than the maximum allowed by the Midwest League.

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