Cardinals Minor Leaguers on the Move

Four St. Louis Cardinals minor league players, pitchers P.J. Walters and Adam Daniels plus outfielders Thomas Pham and Jose Ramirez, are changing uniforms this week.

Pitching roulette

Our Quad Cities reporter, Jon P., reports that right-handed starting pitcher P.J. Walters is moving up to the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League on Wednesday, after attending the Midwest League All-Star Game. Walters will not play in the game Tuesday night in Geneva, Illinois.

Walters, 22, drew headlines with a 30 consecutive scoreless innings streak during May. The right-handed starter posted a 6-1 record with a 2.62 ERA in 17 appearances this year, including 73 strikeouts and just 12 walks over 68.2 innings of work.

Walters was named the Cardinals organizational Pitcher of the Month for May as well as our Starter of the Month here at stlcardinals.scout.com. The Alabama native was also the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week from May 7-13. Walters was taken in the 11th round of the 2006 draft and played for State College last season, where he posted a 3.56 ERA in a relief role.

In the continuing moves of dominoes, the opening in Palm Beach is being created as left-handed pitcher Adam Daniels being promoted to Springfield. Daniels, 24, posted a 4-6 record with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts for Palm Beach in 2007. He fanned 56 and walked just 13 in 71.2 innings pitched.

Daniels joined the organization after being taken in the 15th round of the 2005 draft out of Eastern Oklahoma State Community College. He pitched for New Jersey in 2005 and Quad Cities in 2006, registering a combined 9-12 record with a 3.31 ERA, primarily as a starter.

Position player roulette

It has been reported that shortstop-turned centerfielder Thomas Pham is being reassigned from Quad Cities to Batavia after struggling at the plate in the Midwest League. The 19-year-old was 2-of-32 (.063) with one RBI and three stolen bases after joining the Swing from Extended Spring Training just after Memorial Day.

In Florida, Pham hit .292/.375/.500 (AVG/OBP/SLG) after a slow start. He was moved from shortstop to the outfield at that time. Last season, after joining the Cardinals in the 2006 draft, the highly-touted Pham hit .231 and stole 12 bases in 54 games.

Outfielder Jose Ramirez is expected to replace Pham. Ramirez is currently listed on the Batavia roster, but should be joining Quad Cities prior to the start of the New York-Penn League season on Tuesday.

In EST, Ramirez, put up a .287/.351/.416 line. The 22-year-old Venezuelan drove in 19 runs in 101 at-bats while in Florida. The right-handed hitter hit .306 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 160 at bats in 53 games for the DSL Cardinals in 2005. He had just 18 hitless at-bats with Johnson City in 2006.



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

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