Hot-Hitting Ringo is Cards' First Sat. Move

Justin Ringo

A breath of air for the Peoria Chiefs' offense, first baseman Justin Ringo, has been placed on the disabled list. At least three more Saturday moves followed across the St. Louis Cardinals' system.

In what will likely be the first of a number of moves across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system on Saturday, the Peoria Chiefs kicked off the action by placing first baseman Justin Ringo on the seven-day disabled list due to a shoulder injury.

It comes the day after the other big bat in the Midwest League club's lineup, outfielder Ronald Castillo, came off the DL.

Though Ringo, 23, had only been with Peoria for six games, his Class-A introduction was most eventful. Six of the left-handed batter's 10 hits in 23 at-bats went for extra bases – four doubles and two home runs. The former Stanford star drove in five, scored seven and even stole a base. His line was a robust .435/.480/.870.

Ringo most recently played last Sunday, May 25. The delay in DLing him may indicate the injury was not thought to be serious, yet the fact the move was eventually made might signal more time out is expected ahead.

At this point, Peoria has not announced a roster replacement for Ringo.

Good for O'Neill, Bad for Ramsey

Last season, James Ramsey got off to a strong start with Palm Beach, only to be injured when he was on the cusp of a promotion to Double-A. The act seems to have repeated itself in 2014 as the outfielder was placed on Springfield's disabled list this past week.

With Oscar Taveras promoted to St. Louis, the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds needed a backfill. That is outfielder Mike O'Neill, up from Double-A Springfield.

The 26-year-old was hitting .268 (51-for-190) with seven doubles, three triples, and 16 RBI in 49 Texas League games to open this season. Not only is O'Neill an on-base specialist (.368 this season), he rarely strikes out. In fact, he led the TL with an 11.84 plate appearance to strikeout ratio (19 Ks), was third in walks (30), and fourth in runs (32) and triples.

A member of St. Louis' 40-man roster, O'Neill hit .295 (33-for-112) with three doubles and three RBIs in 32 games for the Redbirds to close last season, reaching base safely in 27 games with eight multi-hit efforts. The left-handed hitter was named The Cardinal Nation's 24th-ranked prospect coming into 2014 before having to return to Springfield to open the regular season in a roster crunch.

Shildt: I'll Have a Martini

To replace O'Neill on the manager Mike Shildt's Double-A Cardinals, the organization promoted outfielder Nick Martini from the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals.

In his Florida State League debut this season, the 23-year-old left-handed hitter appeared in 47 games with a line of .245/.307/.362. Martini had one home run and 22 RBI.

Acevedo Receives an Opportunity

Called upon from nearby extended spring training camp to replace Martini is Jhohan Acevedo. The outfielder has joined Palm Beach, reassigned from the roster of the rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals.

In 2013, his second season competing in the USA, the 21-year-old Venezuelan native split his time between the Gulf Coast League Cards and Johnson City. Acevedo's line across the two stops was .271/.338/.347. The left handed batter stole nine bases in 14 attempts.

Check back here throughout Saturday for more transactions across the Cardinals system.

To see the Cardinals' entire system by level and position, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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