24-Year-Old Shortstop – St. Louis Cardinals
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Diaz was signed last year after defecting from Cuba where he hit .308/.401/.444 across five seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional. He battled injuries for much of the season, which was no surprise since he...
Aledmys Diaz Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $8 million deal with the Cardinals in March of 2014.
Diaz was 3-for-5 and scored a run Wednesday for Double-A Springfield.
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St. Louis Cardinals Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAAnna, Dean (SS)
AABlair, Seth (P)
ABean, Steve (C)
RookieCollymore, Malik (2B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Diaz was a shortstop with a well-rounded skill set in Cuba's professional league, and could quickly be in the majors after signing. That event will be delayed; he was barred from signing with an MLB team until Feb. 19, 2014 for presenting a false date of birth when he applied to become a free agent after defecting. Diaz hit .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs in 270 at-bats during the 2011-12 season before he defected, according to CBS Sports. It's not clear if his glove is strong enough to stick at shortstop, so he may need to move to second base.
Diaz is a Cuban defector who played for Cuba in the 2010 Pan-American games. He's seen as nearly ready for the majors, but it's not clear how his bat will translate to MLB play.