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Joe Cuda '12 Ticketed For Promotion to Florida State League, High-A Palm Beach

posted on 07/18/2013

Former Eckerd College starting pitcher Joe Cuda '12 climbed another rung up the organizational ladder of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball franchise, earning a well-deserved promotion to Palm Beach in the Florida State League.

Eckerd alum Joe Cuda '12

Cuda made his Class A Advanced FSL debut in the starting rotation on July 18.

After being selected in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Cuda began his pro career in the minor leagues with the New-York Penn League's short season Batavia Muckdogs before starting this year with the Peoria Chiefs in the Midwest League, a Class Low-A affiliate.

With the Chiefs, Cuda carved out a 5-4 record in 15 starts amounting to 75.2 innings pitched.

His peripherals that helped him earn 2011 SSC Pitcher of the Year honors with the Tritons have carried over to the next level as he currently averages over a strikeout per inning (9.22 K/9) and possesses an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.28.

Cuda has issued just 18 walks this season (with 77 strikeouts) and went through recent a torrid four-game stretch on the mound with a 1.42 ERA while limiting opponents to a .215 average. In back-to-back June 8 and 14 starts against Quad Cities and Beloit, respectively, the righty tossed 13 combined scoreless innings.

His last start in the Midwest League against the Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday was another quality outing as he collected the winning decision with six innings logged.

The Sunshine State Conference connection in the St. Louis organization was sustained as former University of Tampa pitcher Ben O'Shea was called up to take Cuda's roster spot in Peoria.

Cuda is one of three former Eckerd College baseball players currently in the minor leagues along with Audry Santana in the Appalachian League (Bristol White Sox) and Craig Albernaz in the International League (Durham Bulls).

Originally posted by Ben Schlesselmann on the EC Tritons website

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