St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold has reported that the Cardinals have optioned outfielder Magneuris Sierra to Double-A Springfield to accommodate the return of infielder Jedd Gyorko from the paternity list. Gyorko missed the first two games of the team’s series at Wrigley Field but should be in the starting lineup in Sunday’s series finale.
Position Player of the Week: Peoria Chiefs second baseman Andy Young
Young, a member of last year’s draft class, went 9-for-23 over the last week with three doubles, three homers, and ten runs batted in. On the season, the 23-year-old Young is slashing .281/.366/.532 with 21 extra-base hits, including eight doubles, nine homers, and four triples.
Pitcher of the Week: Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Luke Weaver
With his seven innings of two-run ball, Weaver helped the Redbirds defeat the Iowa Cubs over the week. Weaver, with an ERA of 2.08 across seven games and starts, whiffed nine batters in his most recent outing for Memphis.
Player to Watch: Palm Beach Cardinals starting pitcher Zac Gallen
Gallen has been one of the most overlooked pitchers in the Cardinals’ farm system this season. Through nine starts, the right-hander owns a 1.62 earned run average over 55 2⁄3 frames and has one complete game under his belt. Gallen was close to his second complete game of the year in his start on Tuesday, May 30; Gallen went 8 2⁄3 frames, allowing four hits and one run.
MEM: Luke Weaver
SPR: Chris Ellis
PMB: Jake Woodford
PEO: John Kilichowski