photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
Carlson heads to Memphis
In what is a big surprise timing-wise, the St. Louis Cardinals organization’s No. 1 prospect Dylan Carlson has been promoted to Triple-A Memphis with just three weeks left in the 2019 season. Carlson all but mastered the Double-A level, slashing .281/.364/.518 through 108 games and he led the league with 21 homers and 51 extra-base hits.
When he makes his debut, the 20-year old switch hitter will immediately become one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League and puts him right on the doorstep of the big-leagues.
To put his season in perspective with Springfield, Carlson was two steals away from becoming the youngest player in the Texas League of 20 years of age or less to accomplish a 20-20 season in the last 32 years.
Carlson will also join a crowded outfield of Harrison Bader, Justin Williams, Adolis Garcia and Rangel Ravelo at Memphis. It’s one that could potentially see Randy Arozarena and Lane Thomas back in the near future once Tyler O’Neill and Jose Martinez return from injuries in St. Louis.
After the promotion, I asked a professional scout if he was surprised that Carlson was promoted to Memphis given all the outfielders currently at the level.
“Not really surprised,” the pro scout said. “I think he has had a really good year. I think they want to see if one of those outfield bats can take off. Arozarena’s success and promotion kind of laid the groundwork for this. I don’t believe Carlson is the answer for this year but I do believe they want to see what he can do and likely bring him up once rosters expand.
“I would think it’s likely they move on from Ozuna if they don’t get into the playoffs and possibly start the rebuild.”
Robertson rejoins Springfield
In the corresponding move for Carlson, infielder Kramer Robertson rejoined Springfield after his second stint with Memphis. Robertson is hitting .235 with a .719 OPS in 66 games at Triple-A this season.
Overall for 2019, the Cardinals 2017 fourth round pick is slashing .244/.371/.406 with a career-high 11 home runs and 48 RBIs between Springfield and Memphis.
Toerner to IL
Announced late-Thursday, Springfield outfielder Justin Toerner landed on the injured list with an undisclosed injury. This injury was likely caused after he make a catch at the wall to rob a possible home run on Wednesday night.
Toerner was in obvious pain after the play and finished out the second inning before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. It looks like a leg injury, possibly a knee.
So far with Springfield this season, Toerner is hitting .211 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 49 games.
Lopez hits the shelf
Springfield lost two players to the injured list on Thursday. The second player was second baseman Irving Lopez.
Lopez, 24, left Wednesday’s game early as well with an undisclosed injury. The Cardinals 2017 19th round pick is slashing .254/.331/.434 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 82 games for the S-Cards this season.
In one of two accompanying moves, first baseman/catcher Chris Chinea returned following a two week stint on the IL. He had been out with a thumb injury.
In 68 games at Springfield this season, Chinea is hitting .255 with a .732 OPS.
The final roster move is the promotion of first baseman Juan Yepez from High-A Palm Beach. The Venezuelan is set to make his Double-A debut.
In 2019, the 21-year old Yepez is slashing .279/.358/.463 with eight homers and 33 RBIs between Low-A Peoria and Palm Beach this season.
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