Cardinals Shift Pitching Pairs Upward

2010 Texas, Florida State and Midwest League All-Stars among group of pitchers moving up on Monday.

In a nice bit of symmetry, on Monday the St. Louis Cardinals shifted six minor league pitchers one level upward each, with two more moves still coming.

As the first half of the Springfield Cardinals season nears its end, the Double-A club gave up two of its top pitchers as Texas League All-Star David Kopp and Chuckie Fick have been promoted to Memphis. Each will be making his Triple-A debut.

With the Redbirds scheduled for a Wednesday double-header with Nashville, Kopp may get the game two start. Fick, effective as a starter and reliever, is likely joining the pen as a long man. The remainder of the Redbirds' current rotation is Brandon Dickson, Evan MacLane, Lance Lynn, Adam Ottavino and P.J. Walters, so pending other changes, Kopp's time in Memphis may be short.

In the corresponding moves, Matt Scherer has been placed on Memphis' disabled list retroactive to June 19 due to a wrist injury, and as already announced here, left-hander Ryan Kulik returned to Springfield from Memphis on Sunday. Kulik and Oneli Perez served as fill-in starters for the Redbirds while Ottavino and Walters had stints with St. Louis.

Springfield reloaded with two standouts from A-Advanced, as pitchers Mark Diapoules and Scott McGregor have been promoted from Palm Beach to the Texas League. Diapoules, a 2010 Florida State League All-Star, and McGregor will be making their debuts at the level.

The Florida State League club is receiving a pair of top hurlers from Class A Quad Cities in Scott Schneider and Mike Blazek. Schneider had been added to the Midwest League All-Star team, but as noted here on Saturday, departs before the contest is held on Tuesday. He was the Cardinals organization's Pitcher of the Month for April.

The two additions to the River Bandits roster will be noted when known, but with the club off until Friday, June 25th due to the Midwest League All-Star break, the announcement may be delayed.

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