Another Four-Bank Shot Across Cards Minors

Outfielder Reid Gorecki heads to Springfield's disabled list, causing three other related moves. Sean Danielson, Isa Garcia and Jaime Landin all receive promotions in the process.

Another minor league injury, this one in Springfield, generated four chessboard-like moves across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system on Thursday.

Gorecki to Springfield's Disabled List

After a week of pain due to his injured left wrist but having missed only three games due to a bad run of inclement weather, Reid Gorecki's MRI reinforced the Cardinals decision to place the outfielder on Springfield's disabled list.

The 26-year-old outfielder had started the regular season in a 2-for-23 (.087) funk after an excellent spring. In Florida, Gorecki posted a .405/.476/.811 line, with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 37 at-bats. It was an up and down performance reminiscent of his recent past.

After being drafted in the 13th round in 2002, Gorecki seemed to be on the fast path. But since being named the organization's Minor League Player of the Year in 2004 and joining the Cardinals 40-man roster (he was removed last December), Gorecki has struggled with injuries and inconsistency under the weight of high expectations.

The resulting changes to Springfield's lineup have been as follows: utilityman Mike McCoy has been holding down left field and batting in Gorecki's former #2 spot. Joe Mather has assumed Gorecki's defensive post in right field as recent arrival Mike Ferris has taken over first base for Mather.

Danielson to Springfield from Palm Beach

Like Ferris before him, outfielder Sean Danielson has been promoted from the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals, replacing Gorecki on the active roster for Springfield. The 5-foot-8, 165 pounder had begun his second season in the Florida State League, where in 2006 he hit .249 with 22 stolen bases.

Here in 2007, the 24-year-old switch-hitter started off the regular season hot, going 10-for-29 (.345), though nine of the hits were singles, along with four stolen bases. In Spring Training, Danielson went 12-for-50 (.240) with his only extra-base hit a home run.

Garcia to Palm Beach from Quad Cities

22-year-old second baseman Isa Garcia received the call to join Palm Beach to fill Danielson's roster spot. In his first ten games with Quad Cities, the Houston native posted a .345 batting average with a pair of doubles among his dozen hits. Garcia has a nice 5:1 walk to strikeout ratio and is 2-for-2 in stolen bases.

Over the winter, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound right-hander was named the Cardinals' 37th-ranked prospect here at stlcardinals.scout.com. That came on the heels of the former 34th round draft pick's 2006 Appalachian League batting championship. He hit .339 with a .906 OPS in his first professional action at Johnson City last season.

Landin to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training

Jaime Landin turns 24 years old on Thursday and received quite the birthday present from the organization when he was assigned to the Swing of the Quad Cities. He will fill Garcia's place on the Single-A Midwest League club's roster.

Regular readers of this site are very familiar with the story of two-time free agent. Landin was recently re-signed by the Cardinals after coming to Spring Training on a make-good offer with no promises whatsoever.

Invited to remain for Extended Spring Training, the Texan made the organization look smart by signing him again. Landin led all players in early action with ten hits in 18 at-bats, good for a .600 average. His numbers include a pair of doubles and two RBI.

The second baseman's initial appearance with Quad Cities will also represent his first official action in affiliated professional baseball. Landin played in an independent league following his release by the Cards during Spring Training 2006.



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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