On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced several roster moves made throughout their minor league system. The big one, Tyler Lyons to St. Louis and Fernando Salas to the disabled list was announced this afternoon. Here is what we have so far today:
The Peoria Chiefs made several moves. Corey Baker was promoted to Palm Beach. Baker, the Cardinals 49th round pick in 2011, had a record of 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA and an insane strikeout to walk ratio of 29 to 2. Baker was in his first year at Peoria after spending the last 2 at Batavia, the Cardinals short-season affiliate. To fill Baker’s spot, the Cardinals moved Chris Thomas from Extended Spring Training to Peoria. Thomas, an undrafted free-agent, spent 2012 with the Gulf Coast Cardinals and the Batavia Muckdogs. In 21 combined games, Thomas had a 3-0 record with a 1.69 ERA. He struck out 34 batters in 26.2 innings.
The Chiefs also sent Josh Lucas back to Extended Spring. Lucas made 4 starts for Peoria and was 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA in 20.2 innings. Lucas was a 21st round pick in 2010 for the Cardinals. To fill Lucas’ spot, the Cardinals promoted Thomas Lee from Extended Spring. Lee, an undrafted free agent, spent 2012 with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie level Appalachian League. In 51 innings for Johnson City, Lee went 4-4 with a 4.03 ERA and had 57 strikeouts to only 9 walks.
Finally, the Chiefs placed Charlie Tilson on the 7-day disabled list backdated to Tuesday. In 38 games at Peoria, Tilson was hitting .278 with a home run,13 runs batted in, and 4 stolen bases. To fill Tilson’s spot in the outfield, the Cardinals promoted Matthew Young from Extended Spring. Young, a 20th round pick in 2012, played last year at Batavia. Young hit .246 with 3 home runs and 22 runs batted in in 55 games for Batavia.
The Memphis Redbirds also announced a roster move as Scott McGregor was promoted to Memphis from Springfield. McGregor will be familiar with Memphis as he was the Cardinals 15th round pick in 2008 out of the University of Memphis. For Springfield in 2013, McGregor was 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA. McGregor leads all Cardinal minor leaguers with 48 strikeouts. In 2011, McGregor missed the entire season due to Tommy Joh surgery. He takes the roster spot of Eduardo Sanchez who was removed from the St. Louis Cardinals 40-man roster and was claimed on waivers by the Chicago Cubs.
To make room for Baker, the Palm Beach Cardinals released pitcher Brandon Creath. Creath was the Cardinals 44th round pick in 2011 and had pitched in 12 games for Palm Beach this year acquiring a record of 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA. Creath had a successful 2012 with a 3.38 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 50 innings. Also Palm Beach placed infielder Ronny Gil on the temporary inactive list.
There still could be more moves coming today, and I will update if more happens.