With the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League treading water with an 9-9 record early in the 2008 season, the St. Louis Cardinals organization decided action was necessary. On Thursday, three players were removed from and three more were added to the club’s roster.
Of those departing, two players were shipped back to Jupiter, Florida to Extended Spring Training camp and placed on short-season rosters, while one was given his release. They are:
1B Charlie Pelt - unconditionally released
OF Beau Riportella - transferred to Extended Spring Training (Batavia)
RHP Andres Rosales - transferred to Extended Spring Training (Batavia)
The newest members of the River Bandits are:
OF D’Marcus Ingram - transferred from Extended Spring Training (Gulf Coast League)
1B Osvaldo Morales - transferred from Extended Spring Training (Johnson City)
RHP Mark Diapoules - transferred from Extended Spring Training (Johnson City)
Ingram, who recently turned 20 years of age, is a speedy outfielder who ranked #39 on our Top 40 Cardinals prospect list this past winter. He joined the organization as a draft-and-follow from the 2006 draft and with the Gulf Coast League Cards, he put up a line of .325/.430/.358, walked more (19) than he struck out (15) and stole 17 bases, too.
Morales is a power-hitting first baseman from the Dominican Republic. The 20-year-old split his time last season between the Gulf Coast League Cardinals and Johnson City, registering an aggregate line of .270/.366/.534 in 237 at-bats.
Diapoules, 19, was the Cardinals’ 21st round pick in the 2006 draft. The right-hander had six starts in the tandem rotation with Johnson City in 2007, posting a 5.91 ERA. He fanned 34 in 35 innings, but also walked 17.
Rosales, a 19-year-old from Colombia, made four appearances including two starts for the River Bandits. His ERA was 3.21, but he walked eight and fanned eight in 14 innings pitched. Riportella, 19, joined the organization in the tenth round of the 2007 draft. The outfielder was struggling with a 3-for-32 mark (.094) at the plate with Quad Cities. Pelt, 23, was hitting .152 in 33 at-bats for the Bandits this season.
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