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Aledmys Diaz | Shortstop

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Jun 11 - 9:48 AM

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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.
Apr 29 - 8:07 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.
Apr 24 - 10:36 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.
Apr 13 - 11:32 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.
Mar 23 - 9:34 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.
Mar 21 - 4:13 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.
Mar 20 - 10:26 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.
Mar 18 - 8:32 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.
Mar 10 - 12:15 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.
Mar 10 - 10:04 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.
Mar 9 - 1:34 PM

George King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees will pass on Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz.

The Braves, Giants, Cardinals, and Phillies are thought to be the leading teams for the 23-year-old Diaz. He played shortstop in Cuba, but his defense there is questionable and some clubs may be considering him for other positions on the infield. Diaz batted .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 313 plate appearances his final year in Cuba.
Feb 24 - 10:21 AM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves have scouted Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz "multiple times."

However, O'Brien notes that the Yankees, Giants, Cardinals and Phillies "could push (the) price too high." Having just signed Andrelton Simmons to a long-term extension, Atlanta obviously wouldn't want Diaz as a shortstop, so the Cuban infielder figures to land elsewhere.
Feb 23 - 9:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz had a private workout for the Yankees Friday.

It comes after private workouts with the Blue Jays and Cardinals and at least one public workout for multiple clubs. Diaz was eligible to sign starting on Wednesday and is expected to pick a team any day now. In addition to the Yankees, Blue Jays and Cardinals, the A's, Braves, Phillies and Mariners are also reportedly in the mix for the 23-year-old.
Feb 21 - 2:28 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Athletics are interested in Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz.

Slusser says the A's are one of seven teams who have talked to Diaz this offseason, but "they do not plan to hold a tryout for him" as the Cardinals did recently. White Jed Lowrie at shortstop this season and Addison Russell on the way, the A's would likely be interested in Diaz as a second baseman.
Feb 20 - 9:31 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Allen Craig
2Oscar Taveras
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4Justin Masterson
5Joe Kelly
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Seth Maness
8Carlos Martinez