July 4, 2017

Cards recall RHP Luke Weaver from Memphis


ST. LOUIS, MO., July 3, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to this evening’s game that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver from Memphis (AAA) and that they had optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers to the triple-A club following last night’s game.
Weaver, 23, will be making his 2017 debut with the Cardinals.  The former number one draft selection made his  majors debut last season, going 1-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine games (eight starts), totaling 36.1 innings pitched.
Weaver has enjoyed a strong season at Memphis this season, going 7-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 11 games started, allowing just 19 walks and three home runs in his 56.0 innings pitched while striking out 60.
The 6-2, 170-pound Weaver was recently named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team and he took PCL Pitcher of the Month honors in May when he went 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA in six starts.   He followed up his May performance with a 2-0 mark and 1.59 ERA in four June starts, including an 11-strikeout performance on June 5 at New Orleans.
Weaver, who was the Cardinals number one draft selection (27th player overall) in June of 2014 out of Florida State University, ranks T2nd in the PCL in wins (7) and his 1.93 ERA and .096 WHIP would pace the league if he had enough innings pitched to qualify.
Mayers, who logged 3.0 innings of relief last night, had made two relief appearances with the Cardinals, totaling 4.0 IP, since his June 25 call-up to the majors.
Weaver wears no. 62 and will be in uniform for tonight’s series opener with Miami.