The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game in Denver that they have purchased right-handed pitcher John Brebbia from Memphis (AAA) and designated right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich for assignment. Brebbia (pronounced Breh-be-ah), who will be making his Major League debut, has been assigned uniform no. 60.
Brebbia, who turns 27 next week, was selected by the Cardinals from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Triple-A phase of the Rule V draft on December 10, 2015 and he split the 2016 season between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA).
The 6-2, 205-pound reliever was 1-1 with three saves and a 1.69 ERA (26.2 IP) in 15 games (one start) for Memphis, striking out 29 and walking just five. He’s not allowed a run in his past nine appearances dating to April 25, striking out 19 in 15.0 IP with just three hits allowed.
Brebbia, whose career mark in the minors stands at 9-13 with eight saves and a 3.67 ERA in 126 games, made his lone professional start on April 21 at Colorado Springs (3.0 IP, 2 ER)..
Socolovich, 30, who has spent parts of the past three seasons with St. Louis, was 0-1 with one save in his 15 appearances with the Cardinals this season, striking out 14 in 18.2 innings of work.