The St. Louis Cardinals' fall
assignments of top prospects took an expected turn as the names of players to
While the official announcements
have not yet been made, the
Next month, manager Davey Johnson will welcome Rasmus, 21, and Perez, 22, to USA Baseball's team. The two starred for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals in 2007, with Perez finishing the season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.
was selected by the Cardinals in the supplemental first round of the 2006 draft
as the top prospect in the Cardinals organization, Rasmus was the Cards' first
pick in 2005 as a high-schooler. The centerfielder hit 29 home runs and stole 18
year, outfielder Skip Schumaker played on Team
The Cardinals contingent for the Arizona Fall League's Mesa Solar Sox was announced late last month. In addition to Perez and Rasmus, pitchers Mitchell Boggs, Jason Motte and Stuart Pomeranz plus infielders Jarrett Hoffpauir and Joe Mather had been selected to play.
Shorey and McClellan, both 23 years old, will be joining them in the
AFL selection caps a meteoric rise here in 2007. One year ago, he was playing in
the short-season rookie-level Appalachian League as the organization's 31st
round pick in the June, 2006 draft out of
combination of solid play and breaks caused by injuries to others enable Shorey
to pass through
Reliever McClellan, drafted back in the 25th round back in 2002, has proven his health problems may be behind him. His pitching elbow first required Tommy John ligament replacement surgery then he underwent a procedure to relocate a nerve in 2006.
to three games for
The Arizona Fall League's 16th season runs from October 9 through November 17 and is considered the MLB's top prospect showcase. Among the many Cardinals who are AFL alums are Albert Pujols, Chris Duncan and Adam Wainwright.
As always, stlcardinals.scout.com
will be your leader in reporting on the Arizona Fall League. So, check back for
first-hand information on the Cardinals prospects that will be playing for the
Mesa Solar Sox as well as Team
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