Tuesday Cardinals minors transaction roundup

Boone Whiting's AA debut coming on Wednesday

Eight player moves affecting five different levels of play in the St. Louis Cardinals system were disclosed Tuesday.

With this large group of Tuesday transactions across the St. Louis Cardinals system, I have placed them all together, rather than run individual hot news posts. They may be read as stand-alone items, however.

Quad Cities P Boone Whiting: No MWL reprise

Right-handed pitcher Boone Whiting is finally reaching the level he may have achieved earlier this season had injuries not struck. The reigning Midwest League Pitcher of the Week is leaving on a high, having been moved from Quad Cities to Double-A Springfield, where he is scheduled to start on Wednesday, reports The Cardinal Nation's Brandon Mahler. Whiting, 23, has missed most of the year with forearm flexor strain.

Whiting will take the rotation spot of Richard Castillo, who has been placed on the disabled list of the Texas League club.

Springfield P Richard Castillo: Bad timing

Starting pitcher Richard Castillo has been one of the stalwarts of the second-half division champion Springfield Cardinals. However, the 22-year-old will be out of Texas League action, having been placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25. The Venezuelan native has a finger injury, reports the Springfield News-Leader.

In 19 starts since his May promotion from Palm Beach, Castillo has a 7-5 record with a 3.76 ERA. The right-hander has fanned 65 and walked 32 in 110 innings with Springfield. Castillo was The Cardinal Nation's Pitcher of the Month for May.

Castillo is being replaced in the Double-A Cards roster by Boone Whiting, up from Quad Cities.

Springfield P Anthony Ferrara: Part-way back

Out of action with the Springfield Cardinals since July 31 with a right groin strain, pitcher Anthony Ferrara has been activated, but re-assigned to the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals.

The 22-year-old made ten Texas League innings since his promotion from Palm Beach, allowing six runs, five earned, for a 4.50 ERA. He struck out ten, but issued far too many walks, 11. Double-A hitters batted just .188 against him, however.

Ferrara takes the roster spot of Travis Miller, placed on Palm Beach's disabled list.

Palm Beach P Travis Miller: Back there again

The A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals placed reliever Travis Miller on the seven-day disabled list, effective August 25.

After his call-up from Quad Cities in mid-July, Miller appeared in just four Florida State League contests over 10 days before being placed on the DL on July 27. In those outings covering four innings, the 22-year-old allowed three runs, two earned, on a whopping six hits and three walks.

He was activated on August 11 but didn't seem ready. In two return outings, Miller allowed five earned runs on four walks and two hits while recording just one out. Overall, his Palm Beach ERA is 11.37.

Miller's spot on Palm Beach's roster was taken by Anthony Ferrara, down from Springfield.

Quad Cities P Kyle Barraclough: Out of action

The Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class-A Midwest League will be without reliever Kyle Barraclough. The right-hander was placed on the seven-day disabled list, effective August 25.

The Cardinals' seventh-round pick in this June's draft had struggled recently, having allowed four runs in his most recent two outings totaling 1 2/3 innings. Despite two saves and a 4.15 ERA with Quad Cities, six of seven of Barraclough's inherited runners came around to score. He has 21 strikeouts but also 13 walks in 17 1/3 innings.

A college teammate of Bandits third baseman Patrick Wisdom at St. Mary's, Barraclough was promoted from Batavia on July 11.

Springfield P Ramon Delgado: More work coming

The St. Louis Cardinals have transferred the injury rehab assignment of Springfield reliever Ramon Delgado from the Gulf Coast League Cardinals to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League.

Recovering from post-Tommy John surgery complications, the 25-year-old righty allowed one earned run in three innings of work in the GCL in his formal return, which began on August 17. With the GCL season complete, Delgado can get in more work with Batavia. He last pitched for Springfield in April 2011.

GCL Ps Josh Renfro and Johnny Polanco: Late bumps

With the conclusion of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals season on Sunday, two members of the division-winning club have been promoted to Quad Cities for a late-season taste of Class-A ball.

Josh Renfro, a 22-year-old left-hander, dominated in the GCL, fanning 31 and walking just five in 25 innings. He allowed four runs, just one earned for a miniscule 0.36 ERA. Renfro was signed by the Cardinals in June as a non-drafted free agent from the College of Charleston.

Johnny Polanco also moves to Quad Cities from the GCL Cardinals. The 20-year-old right-hander from Nicaragua is in his first summer pitching in the US after three seasons in Venezuela and the Dominican. In the GCL, Polanco moved to the rotation in late July and prospered. Overall, he had a 1.91 ERA in 33 innings with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 38 to 13.

The two take the roster spots of Boone Whiting, promoted to Springfield, and Kyle Barraclough, placed on the disabled list.



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