With all the roster changes in the St. Louis Cardinals system this summer, it has been difficult to track them all. At least five more changes occurred at the lower levels of the organization on Wednesday.
The dominoes continue to fall
today as Quad Cities is restocked with two players promoted all the way from
In addition, the first-place
Muckdogs received a new corner infielder, Osvaldo Morales, also sourced from
With the JC Cardinals in second place, five games back with seven to play, they were sent two reinforcements from the struggling Gulf Coast League Cardinals, outfielder Ryde Rodriguez and shortstop Yunier Castillo.
native of the Dutch Antilles, has been one of the pleasant late-round surprises
of the 2008 draft. Selected in the 39th round from the
right-handed hitter was the Appy League Player of the Week for the period ending
July 20 and overall with
was selected by the Cardinals in the third round, 91st pick overall,
has been well-traveled in 2008. He began the season in extended spring training
before joining Quad Cities in late April. After 27 games in the Midwest League,
he was dropped all the way down to
The native of the Dominican Republic can play first base and third and was a good source of power for Johnson City, with a .250/.345/.579 line including 12 home runs, 12 doubles and a triple among his 38 hits there.
Morales split his time last season
between the Gulf Coast League Cardinals and
his first official action this season, the well-built switch-hitter posted a
.329/.374/.392 line in the GCL. Expected to be a source of power, Rodriguez had
just nine extra-base hits, all doubles, among his 47 safeties this season.
Perhaps he will crack his first professional long ball with
just 19 years of age, played in 40 games for the GCL Cardinals this season, with
a .256/.285/.318 line. The switch-hitting native of the
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