Gary Daley to Arizona Fall League

Injured David Kopp has been replaced by right-hander Gary Daley representing the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 Arizona Fall League.

The return of St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Gary Daley, Jr. has now moved to another level as the right-hander was named by the organization to replace injured pitcher David Kopp on the club's Arizona Fall League contingent for 2009.

Daley and his Cardinals teammates will be a part of the Surprise Rafters. They include pitchers Lance Lynn, Adam Reifer and Mike Parisi, catcher Bryan Anderson, infielder Daniel Descalso and outfielders Daryl Jones and Tyler Henley.

The 23-year-old Californian was promoted to Double-A Springfield on August 18 after spending the first 4-1/2 months with the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits. In what appeared at first blush to be a big step, Daley was transferred two levels, jumping over the A-Advanced Florida State League.

Technically, Daley did not skip over Palm Beach, though it had been a short stop during a season he would probably prefer to forget. In April 2008, he pitched in four games for Palm Beach along with 17 more later on in the Gulf Coast League. Across the two stops, Daley walked 36 batters in just 13 innings. That was coming off an ineffective and injury-shortened 2007.

While his control was better in his first 2009 assignment, 51 walks and 72 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings, Daley carried a 6.93 ERA accrued over 32 games including ten tandem starts for the Bandits before being moved exclusively to relief.

With Springfield, Daley posted an 0-2 record with a 4.76 ERA. He struck out seven but also walked seven in 11-1/3 Double-A innings, all out of the bullpen.

The Cardinals may have decided they are running out of time and are pushing their third-round pick in 2006 from Cal-Poly. Daley is one of a large number of Cardinals farmhands who may become eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft this December.

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