While the big news was that top prospect Oscar Taveras was promoted to the major leagues, the St. Louis Cardinals announced several moves throughout the minor league system. Some of the moves were a direct result of the Taveras promotion.
Mike O’Neill Promoted to Triple-A Memphis
O’Neill, who finished the 2013 season with the Memphis Redbirds, was sent back to Memphis on Saturday. In 49 games for Springfield, O’Neill was hitting .268 with a .368 OBP. He will join Shane Robinson, Stephen Piscotty, and Tommy Pham in the outfield. O’Neill may have been passed over if fellow outfielder James Ramsey was healthy as Ramsey is tearing up Double-A. O’Neill has 9 hits in his last 6 games at the Double-A level.
Nick Martini Promoted to Double-A Springfield
To fill O’Neill’s spot, Nick Martini was promoted from High-A Palm Beach. The 23-year old was hitting .245 with one home run and 22 runs batted in over 47 games at Palm Beach. He is in his fourth season in the Cardinals organization after being drafted in the 7th round of the 2011 draft out of Kansas State. Martini will join David Popkins and Rafael Ortega as the only active outfielders on the Springfield roster.
Justin Ringo placed on the DL for the Peoria Chiefs
Ringo had only played in 6 games with the Peoria Chiefs before landing on the disabled list. He was promoted from Extended Spring on May 20th and has made a big impact. In those 6 games, Ringo was hitting .435 with two home runs and 5 runs driven in. He had provided offense at a position that has struggled this year to produce. Ringo was the Cardinals’ 28th round pick in the 2013 draft out of Stanford.
Ronald Castillo activated from the DL for the Peoria Chiefs
Castillo had not played in a game since May 20th prior to getting the start on May 30th. On the season, Castillo is hitting .296 with 3 home runs and 29 runs batted in. He has had his issues in right field however, committing 7 errors thus far. I believe a fully healthy Castillo may have gotten promoted when the opening at Palm Beach opened up. That is assuming the team isn’t concerned about his poor defensive play.
Robert Stock promoted to the Low-A Peoria Chiefs
The former catcher, Stock, had opened the 2014 season at Extended Spring before getting promoted on Saturday. Stock spent 2013 between Peoria and Palm Beach. Between the two stops, he had a 0-0 record with a 2.22 ERA and 25 walks to just 13 strikeouts. Hopefully Stock has found his control.
Jhohan Acevedo promoted to Palm Beach
Acevedo is making a big jump from playing in rookie level Johnson City in 2013. This may be a temporary move as the club could be waiting for someone to get healthy. It is easy for Extended Spring players to fill in with Palm Beach since they are at the same complex. It is just tough to say if Acevedo will stick with Palm Beach. He did record a double in his first start. He hit .271 with 2 home runs and 20 runs batted in between Johnson City and the Gulf Coast Cards in 2013. Acevedo was an international signee out of Venezuela.
Check back later for any more roster moves made throughout the Cardinals organization.