St. Louis Cardinals: Quarter-Season Awards
Rookie of the Year: Aledmys Diaz
The choice of Aledmys Diaz for Cardinals Rookie of the Year was easily the most obvious choice on this list. Anybody that has watched a Cardinals’ game this year, outside of the first game of the season, knows that Aledmys Diaz has been the most consistent offensive threat on the entire team.
Though Aledmys has had his troubles in the field in his early career, his bat has been more than enough to make up for a botched ground ball or two.
The 25-year-old Cuban rookie, has been exactly the lift that the Cardinals have needed in place of Jhonny Peralta, who is currently on the DL with a torn ligament in his thumb. Diaz is hitting at a .372/.400/.645 line, and is doing a ton of damage at the plate.
In fact, that .372 average is currently good enough for second amongst all Major League hitters. Diaz, who was playing at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis just last season, may just have landed himself a spot on the big league roster, as Ruben Tejada has largely been a disappointment.
Though highly unlikely, if Diaz were to keep up a pace like this he would be a shoe-in for the MLB’s Rookie of the Year and possibly the MVP, but with only 36 appearances under his belt, we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. For now, he is undoubtably the Cardinals’ Rookie of the Year.
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