St. Louis Cardinals: Time for a Memphis Check-in
With the recent call-up of Alberto Rosario and Michael McKenry to fill the void left by the erroneous departure (in my opinion) of Eric Fryer (shame on you, Mozeliak) and the injury to Pena, Memphis was left with zero catchers on the precise day that McKenry joined the St. Louis Cardinals.
In this wake, two catchers were promoted: Jesse Jenner (not on the 40-man) and Mike Ohlman (on the 40-man).
Jenner has been very mobile this season having started the year in high-A then promoted to AA after twenty games, then recently promoted to AAA after having played only two games in AA.
Jesse’s slash lines this season are .206/.260/.294 (A); .333/.429/.333 (AA); and .429/.500/.429 (AAA). Small sample sizes but he seems to be doing well in Memphis. Defensively, Jenner holds a .981 fielding percentage at catcher this season in all three levels.
Ohlman, on the other hand, started the year with Memphis, was injured and placed on the disabled list on May 5, and then was reassigned to AA on May 31.
Ohlman’s slash lines this season are .301/.365/.373 (AA); and .264/.346/.429 (AAA). Looking at these numbers, Jenner is out-performing him this season. Defensively, Ohlman holds a .982 fielding percentage at the catcher position and a .982 fielding percentage when playing first base.
In summation, Jenner seems to hold stronger performance at this point but it is too early to say whether this will stick long enough to make him a viable option for the St. Louis Cardinals moving forward.
Next: Memphis Infield