Quad Cities Roster Roulette

The Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League made a flurry of moves on Tuesday as the St. Louis Cardinals' seventh-round draft pick signs.

Before Tuesday night's game, the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Single-A Midwest League made two moves already reported last evening via Hot News flashes here at The Birdhouse.


Infielder Alex Castellanos was activated from the seven-day disabled list and infielder Guillermo Toribio was reassigned to the short-season Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. In hindsight, the Cardinals' attempt to have Toribio make the jump over Batavia from Johnson City proved too big of a step for the 22-year-old Dominican.


After the game, the River Bandits' fifth win in seven games following an eight-game losing streak, the moves continued with these five transactions.  


  • Infielder Brett Lilley was released. Some folks were really excited when the 29th round pick from 2008 posted a .403 OBP in May. Reality set in during June, as Lilley's line was .173/.256/.235 during his final month in the organization.


  • Outfielder Paul Cruz was released. The 23-year-old was originally taken in the 40th round of the June 2008 draft. While he improved with the bat in his second season, .260/.333/.357 for the Bandits after going .183/.285/.260 with Johnson City last year, it apparently wasn't enough.


  • Pitcher Andres Rosales was reassigned to Batavia. The 21-year-old Colombian right-hander went 2-4 with a 5.53 ERA in 18 games, including three starts for Quad Cities. He fanned 43 in 40 2/3 innings but also issued 24 free passes.


  • Third baseman Matt Carpenter was promoted from Batavia. Carpenter, the Cardinals' 13th-round pick from TCU put together a line of .484/.543/.581 in 31 at-bats with the Muckdogs. Our Dustin Mattison was the first to report this move on our Message Board and via a Hot News flash Tuesday evening.


  • Outfielder Kyle Conley, the Cardinals' seventh-round pick, a junior from the University of Washington, will join the River Bandits, according to the Quad-Cities Times. Conley's signing will make him the 41st member of the Cardinals 2009 draft class to come to terms with the organization.


Of the Cardinals' top 15 picks from the June draft, only first-rounder Shelby Miller and fourth-round pick Scott Bittle have yet to come to terms.


Conley is the third of the 2009 group to start with the full-season Bandits and fourth from the draft to be assigned there. Preceding him was eighth-rounder Jason Stidham, ninth-rounder Nick McCully, who is with the club but has yet to be activated, along with Carpenter.



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