Palm Beach Cardinals Saturday Shuffle

Three players change uniforms while one gets his release on Saturday at the A-Advanced level for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals had four changes to their roster on Saturday, May 15th.  Second baseman Colt Sedbrook and outfielder Devin Shepherd were added with centerfielder Ross Smith being sent back to extended spring training and first baseman Osvaldo Morales getting his pink slip.


Sedbrook, 24, was a 22nd round (665th overall) selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 amateur draft out of Arizona.  He is in the midst of his third season in the Redbirds farm system, spending the last couple seasons at Short-Season Single-A Batavia, A-Advanced Palm Beach, and Double-A Springfield.  Last year the right-handed hitter began the season at Palm Beach before being promoted to Springfield.  He struggled offensively over both levels, hitting just .229 with 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs, and 35 RBIs in a combined 122 games and 398 at-bats. 


Sedbrook was assigned to Springfield to begin the 2010 season and did not improve at all, actually going in reverse.  The Colorado-born 5-foot-11, 180-pounder has a .165 batting average (15-for-91) with five doubles, eight RBIs, ten runs, 12 walks, 22 strikeouts, .303 OBP, and .523 OPS at the Double-A level.


Shepherd, 22, was an 11th round (335th overall) selection by the Cardinals in the 2008 amateur draft out of Southern Nevada.  He spent the 2008 season with the Gulf Coast Cardinals before missing the entire 2009 year due to personal issues. 


This season, the right-handed hitter has gone 22-for-79 (.278) with five doubles, two home runs, 15 RBIs, 33 total bases, 11 runs, 11 walks, 24 strikeouts, three stolen bases, two caught stealing, .363 OBP, and .780 OPS in 22 games at Single-A Quad Cities.  Shepherd was on fire at the beginning of the season even impressing farm director Jeff Luhnow, who spoke very highly of him a month ago on 550 KTRS.  Shepherd was placed on the QC disabled list on May 7th for unknown reasons.


Smith, 22, was a 14th round (429th overall) pick by the Cardinals in the 2009 amateur draft out of Middle Georgia Junior College.  He spent the 2009 season with Short-Season Rookie-Level Johnson City where he went 35-for-184 (.190).  Smith had 11 doubles, one triple, six home runs, 16 RBIs, 28 runs, nine stolen bases, one caught stealing, .294 OBP, and .653 OPS in 61 games.


The son of Cardinals' scout Roger Smith only played in four games in his short stint in the Florida State League.  He went 1-for-13 (.077) with one walk, seven strikeouts, and one caught stealing.


Morales, 22, was signed as a non-drafted free agent signing by the Cardinals on March 25, 2006 out of the Dominican Republic.  He spent five seasons in the Cardinals farm system playing for the Rookie-Level Dominican Summer League Cardinals, Short-Season Rookie-Level Gulf Coast Cardinals, Short-Season Rookie-Level Johnson City Cardinals, Short-Season Single-A Batavia Muckdogs, Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits, and A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals. 


Over his tenure with the Redbirds, Morales went 247-for-1123 (.220) with 64 doubles, three triples, 46 home runs, 173 RBIs, 144 runs, 16 stolen bases, seven caught stealing, .300 OBP, .405 SLG, and .705 OPS in 333 games.


This past winter Morales was selected by the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican League, but never was called up from instructs to play.  He was placed in the Florida State League to begin the 2010 season where he went 8-for-69 (.116) with three doubles, two RBIs, 11 total bases, six runs, three walks, 26 strikeouts, three stolen bases, .153 OBP, .159 SLG, and .312 OPS in 17 games.



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