Today, we will start looking at the minor leaguers who could be considered for the major league roster when teams expand in September. Only minor leaguers who are on the 40 man roster are eligible, so there is no chance of seeing top prospects Shelby Miller, Oscar Taveras, Carlos Martinez, or Kolten Wong unless a roster move is made. Our focus for discussion today is catcher Bryan Anderson.
Anderson has seen time with the major league team before. He appeared in fifteen games with the big league team in 2010 and picked up a .281 batting average in 35 plate appearances. He is a former top prospect who was thought to be a standout offensive catcher with game-calling deficiencies. His offensive production has fallen off with his top prospect status, though, and now he has a ceiling as a backup catcher. He has had serious issues this year st AAA, as he carries a .586 OPS in 326 plate appearances. His biggest issue is his patience. Anderson doesn’t draw many walks, and strikes out in close to a quarter of his at bats. His isolated power has really nose-dived from his earlier seasons and his BABIP shows that the results he has right now are not really affected by bad luck. His .215 batting average may keep him from getting a call-up as any starts that the Cardinals decide to rest Yadier Molina for will probably be taken by Tony Cruz.
Redbird Rants prediction: No call-up. Potentially waived to make room for one of the top prospects on the 40 man roster.