Cardinals Promote Top April Minor League Pitchers

photo: Johan Oviedo (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Anyone reading The Cardinal Nation in recent days is aware of the strong Aprils put together by Tommy Parsons and Johan Oviedo. The former is The Cardinal Nation’s April Pitcher of the Month and the latter is the Cardinals organization’s choice for the equivalent honor.

If you missed it, check out the full details in the following articles.

Parsons Named The Cardinal Nation April Pitcher of the Month

Cardinals Name Oviedo, Toerner their Top Players in April

Franyel Casadilla (Peoria Chiefs)

On Saturday, both pitchers were promoted. Coming from Class-A Peoria, Parsons should step into the high-A Beach Birds’ rotation, replacing Oviedo, and Oviedo will join the starting five at Double-A Springfield, likely starting on Sunday. The latter promotion was first reported by The Cardinal Nation’s Derek Shore.

At Peoria, right-hander Franyel Casadilla has been activated from the injured list to take Parsons’ spot. The 22-year old native of Venezuela will be making his 2019 debut. Casadilla’s three-start Peoria introduction in 2018 was bumpy, with 16 earned runs scored against him in 12 innings.

The player leaving the Springfield active roster to accommodate Oviedo’s arrival will be highlighted here when it is announced.

Casey Meisner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Update: Cardinals Release Casey Meisner

The transaction to make room for Oviedo at Springfield is the release of right-handed pitcher Casey Meisner. The 23-year old opened the season in the Double-A Cardinals bullpen before making four starts.

Meisner allowed multiple runs in all six outings in 2019, culminating in a 9.78 ERA – 8.31 in relief and 10.20 as a starter. Texas League hitters batted a collective .367 against him.

Meisner was acquired by St. Louis from Oakland at the end of spring training 2018 in return for reliever Josh Lucas. Last season, the 6-foot-7 hurler posted a 3.62 ERA in 22 appearances, 21 starts, between Palm Beach and Springfield.

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