Class AAA

Who’s on first? Wisdom or Forsythe? Reyes in AAA, Fulmer up then down, VerHagen back

Patrick Wisdom, who has played for Nashville and Memphis, has been called up to Texas and will play first base along with Logan Forsythe. The Rangers placed regular first baseman Ronald Guzman on the injured list. (photo by Mike Morrow)

The wheels are turning on big-league and minor-league rosters, and it’s already busy in Tennessee pro baseball both in terms of minor league rosters and with players with college and high school ties in the state.

The Texas Rangers recalled infielder Patrick Wisdom from the AAA Nashville Sounds when they placed first baseman Ronald Guzman on the 10-day injured list. Wisdom, primarily a third baseman, is also familiar to the AAA Memphis fans, having played 107 games for the Redbirds in 2018.

Wisdom, according to T.R. Sullivan of mlb.com, will share time at first base in Texas with former Christian Brothers High School star Logan Forsythe. The Rangers obtained Wisdom from the Cardinals in the off-season. Guzman is expected to miss three to four weeks with a strained right hamstring.

Sullivan quoted Rangers manager Chris Woodward as saying the club needs to get Forsythe some at-bats.

The Rangers want to give more at-bats to former Christian Brothers High School player Logan Forsythe. (photo by Mike Morrow)

“He has had some really good at-bats and hasn’t had a chance to play on a daily basis,” Woodward said of Forsythe. “If anything at the beginning, I’m going to get Logan some more at-bats. Wisdom will play, no question. I’m not saying either one will be the everyday first baseman.”

Forsythe played at first base for the Rangers on Sunday, going 1-for-4 against the Angels in Los Angeles.

Wisdom brings power to the picture. He clubbed 31 home runs for Memphis in 2017, followed by 15 more in 2018 before being called up to the Cardinals. He had one home run in three games for the Sounds, the Rangers’ AAA affiliate, this season.

Sullivan also quoted Woodward as saying good things about Wisdom.

“We called him because we want him to help us. We like what we saw in spring training. I love the kid. He is a winner. He’ll do anything it takes to help us win. From a swing standpoint, he improved and got better. I’m curious to see were he is right now,” Woodward said.

But even between the two them, first base is not completely settled for the Rangers, who might move Joey Gallo there, according to Sullivan, with the possibility of calling up outfielder Willie Calhoun from the Sounds. For now, it looks like Forsythe and Wisdom will split time at first, keeping Gallo in the outfield.

Wisdom was drafted by the Cardinals in 2012 after playing at St. Mary’s College of California. Although called up by the Cardinals last season, Wisdom, 27, is still officially considered a rookie in the big leagues. …

… The Alex Reyes saga continues for the Cardinals, who optioned the right-handed pitcher and infielder Yairo Munoz to AAA Memphis over the weekend.

Reyes can’t find the plate. He appeared in four games this season for the Cardinals, walking six batters in three innings of work. He entered the fifth inning for the AAA Redbirds against Omaha on Monday and walked two batters in two-thirds of an inning before being pulled.

Reyes, a 24-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, is considered the top prospect in the Cardinals’ organization by Baseball America. He has had two season-ending injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2017, and had a 50-game suspension in 2016 for marijuana use. Baseball America says Reyes “remains one of baseball’s top pitching prospects.”

With the latest moves, the Cardinals recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb and right-hander Giovanny Gallegos. …

… Former Vanderbilt pitcher Carson Fulmer, who was sent to AAA Charlotte from the White Sox before the season began, was called up from Charlotte prior to Monday’s game. Fulmer allowed one run in three innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday and was optioned back to Charlotte after the game.

Fulmer has appeared in one game for Charlotte in relief. He allowed a run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings before the quick up-and-down on Monday. …

… The Detroit Tigers have reinstated former Vanderbilt pitcher Drew VerHagen to the big-league club from the 10-day injured list. He had been sent on a rehab assignment to Lakeland on April 5. VerHagen had shoulder problems in spring training.

… The Cardinals also optioned infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson to Memphis after reinstating Jedd Gyorko from the injured list. Robinson has had four hits in four games for the Redbirds and is batting .267. …

The Nashville Sounds put third baseman Chase d’Arnaud on the seven-day injured list.

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