St. Louis Cardinals: Potential September roster additions
The St. Louis Cardinals 40-man roster is chock full of talent; pretty soon we may be seeing a lot more of it at Busch.
The St. Louis Cardinals are halfway through August and September is closing in fast. That means we may see a few new faces with the team when rosters expand. September will offer another look at the future of this team and that is always exciting.
Throughout the season, Cardinal fans have been lucky to see some of the excellent youth this team currently has to offer. The question right now is who this team will be willing to call up when September rolls around. There are some very interesting options the St. Louis Cardinals could weigh.
Aledmys Diaz– Cardinal fans haven’t gotten to see Diaz in quite some time. After being sent down due to his brutal first half, Diaz hasn’t exactly inspired anyone with his numbers in Memphis. The Cardinals could leave Diaz in the minors to finish the season, or they could call him up as a super utility player for the final stretch.
Diaz has spent quite a bit of time playing third base in Memphis and has also seen time at short stop and second base. This could be invaluable with the issues that have been facing Jedd Gyorko of late.
Stephen Piscotty– Another familiar name for Cardinals fans, but much like Diaz, Piscotty has had continued struggles during his stint in the minors. Outside of his three home runs, there isn’t a lot to excite hope in him being successful upon return. If the St. Louis Cardinals do decide to bring Piscotty back it will be because he is a familiar face, not because he has shown he should return.
Luke Weaver– Unlike the first two, Weaver is one that Cardinal fans have been clamoring to see more of. After a great outing against the Milwaukee Brewers, Weaver was sent back down. The majority of Cardinal Nation wanted to see more of him and soon they may get their wish.
With the recent struggles of Mike Leake and the concerns with Adam Wainwright, expect to see Weaver up before September and through the rest of the regular season.
Mark Montgomery– I know, another reliever for Matheny to not use. I get that, but Montgomery has the stats to be in the majors and that he hasn’t yet is shocking. His 1.96 ERA this season is extremely impressive. Montgomery should get the call come September and give Matheny a solid arm to spell his usual rotation. Whether or not he uses him is anyone’s guess.
Harrison Bader– The speedy outfielder who excited fans when he got his chance in late July should be a September call-up, no question. Bader may not see consistent playing time, but he would offer something very valuable in late innings: speed. Bader may be used mostly as a pinch runner or a defensive replacement but his value to this team is in his legs right now and they could absolutely use him.
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Jack Flaherty– This one is a long shot, unless a true need arises. I do not believe the team will rush Flaherty unless they feel they have to.
Flaherty is about as close to the majors as one can be. His incredible rise through the minors has been very fun to watch. In AA, Flaherty was completely over-matching opponents to the tune of a 1.42 ERA. The switch to AAA had some growing pains but as of today his ERA sits at 2.86 in Memphis.
Flaherty is only 21, so the Cardinals have every right to take things slowly with him. Though, if a need arises, better believe Flaherty will be up to the task.
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No matter what happens the rest of August, expect the Cardinals dugout to get a bit crowded come September. Whether or not the team will use them, there will be some new additions once rosters expand. For a team that seems to be struggling in certain facets, putting a little new blood into the roster can’t hurt.