The St. Louis Cardinals have seen 12 players make their major league debuts in 2017 with the first being Magneuris Sierra on May 7th and the last (as of this posting) being Breyvic Valera on September 5th. There are still players in the minor league system who could see major league time this season.
Well hello again everybody. I know it has been a while since I have posted, but life got in the way. School (work) started, baseball/softball started for my children, and the Intrepid was the casualty. There has been some good stuff posted lately, like Joe looking how Michael Wacha is tipping his change up. I am back and ready to contribute to this winning team like many young rookies are contributing to the Cardinals. Here are a few more young’uns we could see at the major league level.
This appears to be the obvious choice for this list. Wisdom is in his 6th (and maybe final) season in the Cardinals organization and is having his best season ever. With the Memphis Redbirds, Wisdom has 31 home runs and has slashed .243/.310/.507. Yes, he comes from the same mold as Randal Grichuk or Paul DeJong, but I believe he has at least earned a call up, especially after the injury to Jedd Gyorko.
Wisdom is probably not a long-term answer at third base and is not currently on the 40-man roster, but that could easily be fixed. I still think the Cardinals could promote him after the Memphis season is complete.
Wick appeared to be on the fast track to the major leagues after his conversion to pitcher in late 2015. He started 2016 (his first full season as a pitcher) with Palm Beach and quickly got promoted to Double-A Springfield. He ended that season in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
2017 has been somewhat disappointing for Wick as he has missed over a month of action and has bounced between Memphis and Springfield. He appears to be righting the ship as he has a 1.00 ERA over his last 13 appearances, including the last two for Memphis.
Rowan Wick is already on the 40-man roster, thus making his route to the majors unblocked.
O’Neill, the slugger the Cardinals got from Seattle for Marco Gonzales, has been on an absolute tear for Memphis. Over his last 10 games, O’Neill has 5 home runs and is slashing .341/.400/.732. He will finish the season with Memphis, but could see a promotion when their season is over.
Like Wisdom, O’Neill would have to be added to the 40-man roster. Also like Wisdom, O’Neill is a big power, big strikeout bat. However, I would not necessarily consider the two players the same type of player. O’Neill could be a nice power bat off the bench down the stretch for the Cardinals.
On the pitching side, Mark Montgomery appears to be a name that could see time at the major league level when Memphis finishes their season, however I would put him at the bottom of this list. Montgomery has had a really impressive 2017 season with Memphis striking out nearly 10 batters per 9 innings and has an ERA at 2.43.
The Cardinals have a really deep bullpen as is and they would have to add Montgomery to their 40-man roster. With another Memphis reliever, Josh Lucas, on the 40-man, Montgomery’s chances appear slim.
The Cardinals are just three back in the wildcard race and five back in the division race. These players listed above could be valuable pieces added after the Memphis season.
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