September roster expansion candidates for the Cardinals
Mar 21, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second basemanAledmys Diaz
(95) connects for a base hit against the Washington Nationals during a game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Enter my final candidate and the candidate who probably intrigues me the most. I have been a fan of this guy since the signing last spring. Up until lately, Diaz has been a disappointment to say the least. Last season Diaz was on and off the DL with shoulder issues related to not playing competitive baseball for some time. Earlier in the season things hit a low point when he was designated for assignment taking him off of the 40 man roster.
In a recent interview with Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly, Diaz mentioned that he has become more comfortable lately for a multitude of reasons. Stull gives statistics to back this claim telling us that Diaz has vastly improved his batting average since July 4, going from .223 to .264. Stull, also tells us Diaz has been red hot of late going .421 with a couple homers and ten RBI over his last ten games. Diaz has also recently been rewarded with a call up to AAA yesterday when Greg Garcia was called up to the big club.
If Diaz continues to improve and has good numbers while in Memphis for the short period of time, I would not be surprised if he was rewarded again being added back to the 40 man roster and getting a call up to the big club. If all of this happens and Diaz performs at the major league level it would be interesting to see if maybe Diaz could get a good amount of AB as a backup SS, 3B, 2B next season.
These are ten candidates that I think could potentially make it up to the big club this coming month. However, there could be some that I am missing and I could be wrong on a few. If you want to see a different take, I suggest taking a look at Dan Buffa’s take on the September call ups.
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