photo: Will Latcham (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
As the Memphis Redbirds headed into the Pacific Coast League finals last Tuesday, September 11, the club announced several player transactions.
One was placing relief pitcher Andrew Morales on the seven-day disabled list. At the time, the extent of the right-hander’s injury was unknown. However, since then, the 25-year old has been scrubbed from his assignment to pitch for manager Stubby Clapp and the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, which begins on Tuesday, October 9.
Morales had appeared in one game against Oklahoma City in the PCL semifinals, as he tossed a perfect ninth inning on Friday, September 7. He picked up the Game 3 win as the Redbirds came back with three runs in the ninth for a 4-3 victory.
Morales’ replacement in the desert is the same player who joined the Triple-A Redbirds in his place last week, Will Latcham. That promotion was a bit unusual in that his move to Memphis came from high-A Palm Beach, though there is a good explanation.
The 22-year old has been well traveled recently. The organization returned him to Palm Beach from Double-A Springfield on August 21, likely to provide a boost to the Beach Birds’ bullpen for their playoff run. Latcham appeared in one of two Palm Beach post-season contests, and was charged with one run on one hit and one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings.
Overall between Springfield and Palm Beach this season, Latcham had a 3.48 ERA in 44 games. He won five of nine decisions and logged 12 saves in 17 opportunities. Latcham had been named a mid-season Florida State League All-Star.
Latcham also pitched in one game for Memphis, throwing 2 1/3 innings in Game 2 of the PCL finals on Wednesday, September 12 at Fresno. Backing up ineffective starter Tyler Lyons, Latcham was charged with one earned run on three hits, including a solo home run, and a walk. Five of his seven outs secured came via the strikeout.
You can see the full Surprise roster, including Latcham’s seven Cardinals AFL teammates, here.
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