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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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Aledmys Diaz blasted a three-run shot for his 10th homer of the season on Saturday, finishing the day 1-for-4 with a walk.
Diaz is hitting .306/.365/.500 with 48 runs and 39 RBI. Those are great numbers for a shortstop who was available very late in drafts this spring. He got an opportunity to play when Jhonny Peralta got hurt and he made the most of it, keeping the gig when Peralta returned. Jun 26 - 1:59 AM

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Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Wednesday in the Cardinals' 7-2 defeat of the Cubs.

Diaz singled off Jake Arrieta in the first and fifth before cranking a two-run shot off Carl Edwards Jr. in the sixth. The 25-year-old shortstop has met some natural regression, but he still boasts an impressive .310/.362/.496 overall batting line with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 67 total games this season.
Jun 22 - 5:45 PM

Aledmys Diaz clocked a three-run homer Saturday in the Cardinals' 7-4 defeat of the Giants.

It was a game-tying fifth-inning bomb off Jeff Samardzija -- one of four Cardinals homers against the Giants starter. Diaz also singled in the game and is now slashing .324/.356/.543 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 188 at-bats this year. The 25-year-old Cuban shortstop just keeps hitting.
Jun 4 - 10:03 PM

Aledmys Diaz went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Giants on Friday.

Since the Cardinals moved Diaz into the second spot in the lineup on May 19, he's hit just .203 with two extra-base hits and three walks in 59 at-bats. It appears that the Cardinals are planning to keep playing him regularly after Jhonny Peralta rejoins the lineup, but he might not hit second for much longer.
Jun 4 - 12:20 AM

Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Brewers.

Diaz has cooled from his torrid start -- it would have been nearly impossible for him not to cool to some extent -- but he's still got hits in six of his last seven games, with seven runs scored in that span. Even after falling off a bit, the 25-year-old is batting .330/.363/.545 with seven homers, 26 RBI and 36 runs scored.
Jun 1 - 12:00 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Kolten Wong
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Mitch Harris