Sunday Cardinals Prospect News

Movements, winter ball plans, World Cup and injuries across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system.

Tyler Greene: Prepares for Winter in Venezuela

The Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan League has announced that shortstop Tyler Greene will be joining the team this winter.

Greene, 26, was a 1st round (30th overall) selection in the 2005 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Georgia Tech. Currently playing with Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, He is hitting .288 with ten doubles, five triples, 14 home runs, 39 RBIs, 156 total bases, 67 runs, 37 walks, 28 stolen bases, and 82 strikeouts in 85 games.

The right-handed hitter received his first taste of the majors in April when Brendan Ryan was lost for a short time due to injury and was recalled once again in June before returning to the minors for the rest of the 2009 season. Greene played in 41 games going 23-for-105 (.219) with five doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs, 34 total bases, nine runs, four walks, and 32 strikeouts. The big league club is expected to call him up after the Memphis Redbirds' season is completed.

Osbert Ocampo, who has been working as an amateur scout for the Cardinals, will also be working in some capacity with Caribes during the winter season.

Lance Lynn: Returns to Double-A for Playoffs

The Memphis Redbirds sent right-handed starting pitcher Lance Lynn back to the Springfield Cardinals.

Lynn, 22, was called up by the Triple-A Redbirds to relieve some of the pressure on the club's rotation as they aim and prepare for the playoffs. Adam Ottavino had been scheduled to start the Friday game but instead was pushed back to take the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday. Lynn, a Mississippi product, pitched six and two-thirds innings allowing five hits, two earned runs, three walks, and struck out nine as he held down Jaime Garcia's spot on the roster for a day.

Springfield News-Leader writer Erin Bolen, via twitter, says that Lynn was expected to rejoin the Double-A Cardinals on Saturday night and is penciled in as the starter for the Thursday playoff game. He has made 22 starts posting a 11-4 record and 2.92 ERA for the Springfield Cardinals.

Curt Smith: Leaves to Join Netherlands Antilles

The Palm Beach Cardinals placed first baseman/left fielder Curt Smith on the temporary inactive list as he leaves to join Netherlands Antilles for the World Baseball Cup in Europe.

Smith, 22, was a 39th round (1175th overall) selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 draft. He was assigned to the Rookie-Level Johnson Cardinals after signing and was promoted to Single-A Quad Cities later in the 2008 season. The right-handed hitter had a .353 batting average with 18 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 59 RBIs, 40 runs, 11 walks, and 47 strikeouts over both levels.

This season, Smith has again played between two different levels of the Cardinals' organization, getting the start at A-Advanced Palm Beach and later receiving a bit of time in at Double-A Springfield before being returned. The Maine product has hit .289 with 17 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs, 65 RBIs, 57 runs, 18 walks, and 76 strikeouts in 118 games over both affiliates.

Smith was a part of the Netherlands team that made a small run in the World Baseball Classic, knocking off the Dominican Republic twice, earlier in the spring of 2009. He played in four games, going 0-for-5 and one of his teammates was former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Sidney Ponson.

Matt Arburr: Three Games and a Return to the D.L.

The Palm Beach Cardinals have once again placed first baseman Matt Arburr on the disabled list.

Arburr, 23, had just recently been activated from the seven-day disabled list in late August. He returned to only play three games for the A-Advanced club before disappearing from action on the field. In the three games, the right-handed hitter went 0-for-11 with three strikeouts.

The Cardinals' 17th round (532nd overall) selection in the 2007 draft has played over two levels (Springfield and Palm Beach) in the farm system this season, batting .175 with four doubles, 11 home runs, 24 RBIs, 66 total bases, 18 runs, 15 walks, and 82 strikeouts in 57 games.

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