It has been a while since St. Louis Cardinals fans have seen Harrison Bader, Aledmys Diaz, and Alex Mejia with the big league club. Let’s see how they have progressed after being sent down to AAA Memphis Redbirds.
After going through Harrison Bader, Aledmys Diaz, and Alex Mejia stats, I can tell St. Louis Cardinals fans we have September call-ups who are ready to play. However, after looking at some of their recent play, that may not be the case for them at least.
Harrison Bader is the first player I took the time to research. After a decent stint in his first couple of games in the big leagues, he was sent down on July 31st. After being sent down, he has played in twenty games coming into play on August 24th.
His slash line has been, to say the least, horrible. He has posted a .225/.324/.274. He has twenty strikeouts and only eight walks. At the beginning of the season in Memphis, he was driving the ball with authority. In these past games, he also has only one extra base hit, which was a home run in his fourth game back.
Aledmys Diaz has another tough stat line. Considering how promising he looked in his 2016 with the St. Louis Cardinals, it is hard to imagine how rough his 2017 season has been.
In the month of August, he has a slash line of .250/.329/.397. A little more respectable than Bader, but still not quality enough to think he will make an impact if he does get called up.
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His OBP being .329 for him is a positive sign, but only totaling an OPS of .726 in nineteen games this month is not going to cut it.
Production for St. Louis Cardinals must come from driving the baseball. He has only four doubles and two home runs in the seventy-six plate appearances.
The last two former players on the Major League roster have played below average recently, but one bright spot is Alex Mejia.
His month of August has been very productive in the twenty games he has played in. Coming into today, he carries a slash line of .329/.369/.456.
Something we did not see in his stint with the St. Louis Cardinals was his ability to drive the ball, but this month in Memphis has been the opposite. He has smacked seven doubles and a home run in his eighty-four plate appearances. This has also allowed him to drive in runs at a consistent clip with twelve in August.
Obviously, there are a bunch more options available for St. Louis to call-up in September, but these players are worth mentioning from their previous tenures with the active roster this season.
I will be curious to see if the players mentioned above will get the nod to once again to join the big league club. As it stands now, Harrison Bader and Aledmys Diaz need to pick up their pace. As for Mejia, his play may guarantee him a lock on being one of the guys called-up.