Jump on it. Jump on it.
Daniel Descalso is the man.
“I just try to do my same approach that I had down in Springfield and hopefully have that carry over up here,” Descalso said. “So far, I’ve been able to put good swings on the ball when I got good pitches to hit and they’ve been falling for me.”
And then there’s this gem that I hope is just baseless speculation:
Whether or not Descalso will be able to keep the amount of playing time he’s been getting could be another thing entirely.
Descalso has been the regular second baseman for the Redbirds since being called up and has been productive, but there are several effective middle infielders on the team. Casey Rowlett, Tyler Greene, and Donovan Solano have all seen significant action at second or short for the Redbirds this season.
Of those players, none of them should be stealing time from Descalso at 2nd. Greene should be playing shortstop. Rowlett should be used when other guys need the occasional offday and Solano should head back to Springfield. The Cardinals seem unable and/or unwilling to release marginal players in the upper levels of their system. Guys like Rowlett and Mark Shorey and Brian Barden are decent depth in isolation but when you carry 5 players like that, it starts to interfere with the playing time of the real prospects who need reps. There’s a balancing act to be made but I don’t feel like the Cardinals always do a good job of it.
If you recall, the Cardinals began the bearucratic process of acquiring the Memphis Redbirds before the economy went in the dump. The Redbirds are dealing with debt from the stadium that between the economy and the introduction of the NBA’s Grizzlies into the market have meant a huge hit to their cash flow. To that end, they’ve acquired new management to try and turn things around. Three Parts: One, Two, Three
David Kopp continues to work his way back from injuries and was limited to 60 pitches in last nights game. Also, Matt Baker doesn’t look good in pink.
Kevin Goldstein chatted including this question on Descalso:
cardsfan89 (St. Louis): What’s the ceiling on Daniel Descalso? Also, can you think of any other college bats that went from looking miserable to looking superb as Descalso has done? Its been quite the turn around.
Kevin Goldstein: He could be a solid starter, I don’t think he’s a future stud or anything. Bats going from looking miserable to superb actually happens quite a bit, but it’s always exciting. Look at Michael Taylor of the Phillies.
Descalso is going to be on of the more difficult players to rank come this offseason. He made little if any impression after his draft and now he’s put up very solid numbers in Springfield (a hitter’s park) but nothing that stands out. Good contact rates, a moderate walk rate but very good power. The question is whether that power is a facet of the league or of Descalso. He’s only hit 9 HR this season and projecting him for more than about 10 a year on average seems unreasonable. That said, he could still be a .280/.350/.400 type of player. With good defense and staying on the field for 150 games a season, that’s a 2-3 win player.
cardsfan89 (St. Louis): I’ve heard Daryl Jones comped to Denard Span. Does that seem close?Kevin Goldstein: Not crazy about it.
I don’t like that comp either. Despite having a slightly down season, expect Jones to remain at the top of prospect rankings for the Cardinals. Getting that right leg healthy is key so that he can utilize his speed and defense.
cardsfan89 (St. Louis): Have you heard anything about the Shelby Miller negotiations?Kevin Goldstein: THere haven’t really been any negotiations of substance, but don’t let that concern you, it was always a deadline deal the second they took him.
Nothing to see here folks. Nothing to be concerned about and nothing to read into.
jbuofm (peoria): Have you seen Brett Wallace enough to have an opinion if he will or can stay at third base?Kevin Goldstein: I haven’t seen him enough, but scouts I talk to certainly have, and they tend to lean towards no. I still think you could see him come up there. He doesn’t make embarrassing errors all day — he actually has soft hands and a decent arm, it’s just that he has the range of a lawn ornament. That’s the thing that could help him. If he boots a ball, people go crazy; if a ball gets by him that any other third baseman would get to, people don’t notice as much.
This is going to be an ongoing battle. People who may casually watch Wallace are going to see him make the plays he gets to and think he can handle the position. My prediction is that the defensive metrics are going to hate his range and you’ll have another disparity between an objective measure (that may include noise and bias) and subjective personal viewings.