September roster expansion candidates for the Cardinals

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Feb 21, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (right) talks with catcher Michael Ohlman (left) during practice drills at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Candiate # 7

C Mike Ohlman

Here we have our first dark horse candidate. This is Mike’s first year in the organization, as he was acquired in the offseason for cash considerations from the Orioles. He has had a very solid season in AA Springfield hitting .288 with 11 Homers, 15 Doubles, and driving in 62. He has totaled a decent OPS at .804, definitely bouncing back from a disappointing season in AA Bowie last season.

The Cardinals traditionally call up a third catcher and both AAA catchers (Cody Stanley and Ed Easley) are having disappointing seasons. However, it is important to note that Cody Stanley had very similar numbers to Ohlman in AA Springfield last season. So, there is a decent chance that Ohlman will have to go through AAA like Stanley in order to get a call-up to the team. Stanley and Easley being candidates themselves have also already been with the team this season.