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Aledmys Diaz | Shortstop

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cardinals purchased the contract of SS Aledmys Diaz from Triple-A Memphis.
Diaz finished strong in 2015 and has been tearing up the Arizona Fall League. He is now on the Cardinals' 40-man roster and protected from next month's Rule 5 Draft. The 25-year-old Cuban shortstop will probably make his major league debut at some point in 2015, though he has much more to prove before he can be considered a future starter in St. Louis. Thu, Nov 19, 2015 03:21:00 PM

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Cardinals sent SS Aledmys Diaz outright to Double-A Springfield.

Diaz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will stick around in the organization. The Cuban defector is batting a disappointing .240/.292/.367 with five homers at Springfield this season.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 01:31:00 PM

Cardinals designated INF Aledmys Diaz for assignment.

The club needed a spot on the 40-man roster for Dan Johnson, so they took a chance on Diaz and his roughly $5 million contract passing through waivers unclaimed. The Cards inked Diaz to a four-year, $8 million deal prior to the 2014 season, but the infielder has yet to ascent above Double-A.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 06:34:00 PM

Cardinals optioned INF Aledmys Diaz to Triple-A Memphis.

Diaz was optioned down in the latest wave of roster cuts in Cardinals' camp. Diaz, 24, missed some time with a shoulder injury last year and batted .273/.324/.441 with five home runs and 24 RBI over 47 games between High-A and Double-A.
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 04:06:00 PM

Cardinals infield prospect Aledmys Diaz (shoulder) is expected to return for Double-A Springfield by the end of the week.

Diaz has been out since late April due to shoulder weakness, which the Cards think was a result of him going 18 months without playing competitive baseball. He was batting .307/.321/.520 with three homers, 16 RBI and four steals over 20 games before the injury and should make it up to Triple-A Memphis soon as long as he stays healthy.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Cardinals infield prospect Aledmys Diaz has been placed on Double-A Springfield's disabled list due to an upper back/lat strain.

He's been prescribed rest and therapy, and it's not clear how long the Cuban import might be sidelined. Diaz is off to a fine start for Springfield this season, batting .307/.321/.520 with three homers, 16 RBI and four steals.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Cardinals prospect shortstop Aledmys Diaz hit his third home run of the season as part of a 2-for-4 night for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

He is hitting .297/.313/.547 for the season, which includes five doubles, one triple, and three home runs. It is troubling that he has 16 strikeouts in 17 games and only one walk, but if Jhonny Peralta doesn't improve on his .151/.244/.356 line we could see Diaz in St. Louis soon.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 10:36:00 AM

Cardinals shortstop prospect Aledmys Diaz is off to a hot start for Double-A Springfield, hitting .414/.400/.724 through eight games, with four doubles, one triple, and one home run.

Prior to this spring, Diaz had not played on a consistent basis for more than 18 months, as he was suspended by the Cuban baseball authorities prior to his successful defection. Diaz is behind Jhonny Peralta and Pete Kozma on the Cardinals depth chart, but he could be called up if Peralta were to get hurt, leapfrogging Kozma.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 11:32:00 AM

Cardinals optioned SS Aledmys Diaz to Double-A Springfield; optioned OF Joey Butler and LHP Sam Freeman to Triple-A Memphis.

Diaz batted .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases over 313 plate appearances in his final year in Cuba and sat out last season while serving a suspension from MLB for falsifying his age. The Cuban defector was signed to a four-year, $8 million contract earlier this month. St. Louis claimed Butler off waivers from the Rangers in October after he posted a promising .291/.395/.437 batting line with 12 home runs and 51 RBI in 119 games last season at the Triple-A level. The 26-year-old Freeman is starring down the barrel of injury replacement duty again. He acquitted himself well last year, posting a 2.19 ERA over only 12 1/3 innings with the big club.
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Aledmys Diaz singled in both of his at-bats Friday against the Nationals in his spring debut.

Diaz played shortstop today, and it sounds like that's where he'll start his pro career in the minors. The Cuban defector was signed to a four-year, $8 million contract earlier this month.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Aledmys Diaz is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday against the Nationals.

Diaz signed a four-year, $8 million contract with the Cardinals on March 9 but had to be head back to Mexico -- where he established residency after defecting from Cuba in 2012 -- to sort out some work visa issues. He is expected to open the 2014 season at Double-A Springfield but could work his way onto the St. Louis bench rather quickly.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Aledmys Diaz traveled to Mexico Monday in order to complete the final steps in obtaining his work visa.

Diaz has played some on the minor league side of things in Cardinals' camp since signing earlier this month, but he won't be allowed in Grapefruit League games until he gets his visa. It sounds like that will happen soon, so he should see some Grapefruit action before the end of the month. Diaz is expected to open the season at Double-A.
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 08:32:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Aledmys Diaz will receive a four-year, $8 million contract from the Cardinals.

This is well below the initial estimates, which were in the range of $15-20 million. Either the reports were way off the mark, or scouts around baseball weren't overly impressed with what they saw during his workouts. The Cardinals have Jhonny Peralta at shortstop and Kolten Wong/Mark Ellis at second base, so Diaz will be able to shake some rust in the minors. He batted .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases over 313 plate appearances in his final year in Cuba and sat out last season while serving a suspension from MLB for falsifying his age.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Aledmys Diaz must acquire a work visa before he can participate in Grapefruit League games.

Diaz has agreed to a four-year contract with the Cardinals which is believed be worth $15-20 million. He's allowed to play on the back fields, but may have to return to Mexico in order to clear up his visa issues. The 23-year-old figures to begin the season in the minors.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Cardinals signed SS Aledmys Diaz.

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan says it's a four-year contract. With Jhonny Peralta at shortstop and Kolten Wong/Mark Ellis at second base, there's currently no room for the 23-year-old Diaz in the Cardinals' lineup. He figures to begin the year in the minors before eventually serving as a bench bat. Known more for his bat than his glove, Diaz batted .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases over 313 plate appearances in his final year in Cuba.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 01:34:00 PM

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C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Anthony Garcia
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Carlos Peguero
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S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Mike Leake
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Tyler Lyons
7Lance Lynn
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R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Seung-Hwan Oh
3Kevin Siegrist
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Sam Tuivailala
8Miguel Socolovich
9Mitch Harris
10Jayson Aquino
11Matt Bowman
12Juan Gonzalez
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