With the name of the “Quad” Cities as it is and all, the River Bandits making moves in blocks of four makes all the sense in the world. On Tuesday, the Single-A Midwest League club announced two familiar players coming in with two others heading out.
Each move fits a different category, with one in each of these four types: promotion, release, demotion and return from injury rehab assignment. They are:
Promoted: RHP Wayne Daman transferred from Quad Cities to Palm Beach
Released: RHP Brandon Garner
Demoted: RHP Kenny Maiques transferred from Palm Beach to Quad Cities
Returned: LHP J.D. Stambaugh transferred from Gulf Coast League Cardinals to Quad Cities
Daman, 23, a 6-foot-2, 195 pound right-handed reliever, has been sharp for the Bandits all season long. In 27 games and 47 innings, the Washington native has posted a 5-2 record with a 2.49 ERA. Daman fanned 40 and walked 11 in the Midwest League.
Daman was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent last June out of Washington State University. This represents his first promotion to the A-Advanced level.
Garner, a 21-year-old right-handed reliever, split his time this season between Quad Cities and the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League. With Palm Beach, he posted a 5.28 ERA in 30.2 innings over 19 games. He struck out 18 and walked 16 in addition to serving up three home run balls in the FSL before he was sent down to the River Bandits on June 20. With Quad Cities, Garner’s ERA was 4.80 in 15 games. He fanned 11, but walked eight. Opposing Midwest League hitters batted .328 against him.
After performing as an infielder in college, the Cards’ 18th round pick in 2005 originally bypassed Quad Cities this spring after going 3-5 with a 4.37 ERA as a tandem starter for the New York-Penn League Batavia Muckdogs last season.
The organization apparently felt Maiques, 23, needed a change of scenery and a familiar place awaits him. The right-hander set the Quad Cities franchise record for saves in a career as well as a season with 31 in 2007, but has struggled in 2008 at the next higher level of competition.
Control is clearly Maiques’ most pressing issue as he issued 33 free passes in 27 FSL innings this season. Despite holding opposing hitters to a .210 batting average, the walks coming around to score bloated his ERA to 6.33. Maiques did fan 23.
Maiques first joined the Cardinals organization after being taken in the 25th round of the 2005 draft from Rio Hondo Junior College in California.
The 23-year-old Stambaugh, taken in the 25th round of the 2007 draft from Brigham Young, began the season with the Bandits, where he appeared in six games, three as a tandem starter. The lefty posted a 1-2 record with a 7.08 ERA. He struck out 15 and walked six in 20.1 Midwest League innings.
On May 4, Stambaugh was reassigned to extended spring training and began the short season on the Batavia Muckdogs’ disabled list. He was activated on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on Friday, July 11. Stambaugh made three scoreless appearances in the GCL covering four innings. He allowed two hits, fanned two and issued no walks.
Maiques and Stambaugh are not expected to be available for Tuesday night’s game as Quad Cities takes on West Michigan.
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