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Aledmys Diaz | Shortstop | #36

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / STL
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The Cardinals plan to keep Aledmys Diaz at shortstop after Jhonny Peralta's (thumb) return from the disabled list.
The common thought had been that Diaz would move around to different infield positions after Peralta returns. But, while Diaz could play some second and third base, it sounds like the Cards intend to leave him at shortstop most days and move Peralta and Matt Carpenter around the diamond instead. Diaz has struggled defensively at shortstop this season but has been much better of late. "I feel like it’s going to create a fresh opportunity for us, but I also feel like given what you’re seeing out of Diaz at his age (25) you really need to see him develop at shortstop," general manager John Mozeliak said. "When you look at what he’s been able to do, seeing him hold that spot for the next five or six years is reasonable to think. We want to keep him developing and also figure out the right combination to win games. We need to have at least one player moving around. We need one of the veterans to say, ‘Hey, I’m willing.’" May 29 - 12:15 PM

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Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

He's simply getting a day off. The Cards are also resting Yadier Molina, as they have Greg Garcia at shortstop and Eric Fryer behind the plate.
May 29 - 10:24 AM

Aledmys Diaz hit his seventh home run of the season in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

The home run was Diaz' only hit on the night. The 25-year-old has started to come back down to earth after a torrid start to the year, but he still ranks sixth in the National League in hitting, fifth in runs and seventh in slugging. Diaz owns a .329/.359/.570 line with 25 RBI and 32 runs scored overall.
May 26 - 9:59 PM

Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Diaz drove in a run with a ground out in the first inning before reaching on an RBI single in the seventh. The move to the No. 2 spot this week was long overdue and he should have a good chance to stick there if he continues to hit. By the way, he’s not slowing down. He has hit safely in seven out of his last eight games and four of them have been multi-hit games. Diaz is batting .373/.403/.634 overall. The Cardinals can’t possibly sit him when Jhonny Peralta (thumb) comes off the DL.
May 21 - 12:45 AM

Aledmys Diaz is batting second for the Cardinals on Thursday night against the Rockies.

Finally the hot-hitting shortstop gets a bump up manager Mike Matheny's batting order. Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday and is slashing .376/.403/.648 over his first 134 plate appearances as a major leaguer. Stephen Piscotty is at cleanup for the Cardinals versus Colorado righty Jon Gray.
May 19 - 3:01 PM

Aledmys Diaz homered and doubled Friday against the Dodgers, but he also committed three errors at shortstop.

Diaz's bat is more than making up for his defensive woes so far (he has 18 extra-base hits and nine errors), but that could change if he cools off. Then again, Diaz stands to play a whole lot less shortstop in the second half anyway, what with Jhonny Peralta due back next month.
May 14 - 1:25 AM

Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored Friday against the Pirates.

And just when Diaz was finally starting to look like a boring old human. He came into Friday’s action with just three hits in his last 19 at-bats. Johnny Peralta (thumb) is beginning to ramp up baseball activities and the Cardinals will have to find spots for Diaz if he keeps hitting. He owns a .398/.436/.693 batting line through 27 games.
May 7 - 12:38 AM

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi expects the Cardinals to "find creative ways" to keep Aledmys Diaz in the lineup when Jhonny Peralta returns from his thumb injury.

Peralta should return early next month. Diaz has gotten off to an impossibly hot start, hitting .381 with a .679 slugging percentage through 26 games. Peralta was no slouch last year either, batting .275 with 17 HR and 71 RBI. Morosi said the Cardinals are open to using Peralta at both third and first base, which would allow Diaz to stay put at shortstop. Diaz is able to play any infield position, so manager Mike Matheny shouldn't have to rack his brain too hard to have both players in the lineup most days.
May 5 - 6:33 PM

Aledmys Diaz is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

Diaz finally got to hit higher than seventh on Wednesday night, serving as the Cardinals' leadoff man in a 5-4 victory, but he'll take a day of rest Thursday versus Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Ruben Tejada is playing shortstop and batting eighth.
May 5 - 11:15 AM

Aledmys Diaz is batting leadoff for the Cardinals on Wednesday night against the Phillies.

It will be his first time hitting anywhere higher than seventh in the St. Louis lineup. Diaz boasts an incredible .388/.424/.700 slash line with five home runs and 14 RBI over his first 25 major league games.
May 4 - 2:51 PM

Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Nationals.

Ruben Tejada will start in his place and bat seventh against opposing right-hander Joe Ross. Diaz, who is hitting a ridiculous .420/.452/.739 with four homers and 13 RBI on the season, should return to the lineup on Sunday.
Apr 30 - 11:24 AM

Aledmys Diaz had a homer, a walk, and a single in the Cardinals' 11-4 rout of Arizona on Wednesday.

Diaz finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and he's now batting .468/.500/.823 with four home runs over his first 66 major league plate appearances. This incredible start from the 25-year-old Cuban shortstop is already in historic territory. Maybe it's time for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to hit him higher than eighth.
Apr 28 - 1:22 AM

Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the Cardinals' defeat of the Padres on Sunday.

The solo shot tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning, and the Cardinals went on to win by three. Diaz hit a pinch-hit single on Friday and went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on Sunday, so he officially finished 9-for-11 with three RBI in the three-game weekend set at Petco Park. The Cuban shortstop is slashing .480/.509/.860 over his first 53 plate appearances at the major league level. Maybe it's time for him to hit a little higher in the Cardinals' lineup.
Apr 24 - 8:18 PM

Aledmys Diaz is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Diaz has now sat out two of the last three games, as the Cards are going with the more sure-handed Ruben Tejada. St. Louis also has Matt Adams at first base Friday, as Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker are on the bench.

Aledmys Diaz is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

Ruben Tejada will make his Cardinals' debut at shortstop and bat eighth. Diaz has put up some impressive numbers since his call-up, but he could lose some more starts if he doesn't improve his shaky defense.
Apr 19 - 3:01 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1Randal Grichuk
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Kevin Siegrist
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Matt Bowman
9Mitch Harris
10Dean Kiekhefer