Jose Rondon deserves big league shot with St. Louis Cardinals
While the St. Louis Cardinals have Paul DeJong on their list of injured, it will be interesting to see who gets the chance to shine. Jose Rondon should have an opportunity.
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong landed on the 10-day injured list on May 14 with a non-displaced left rib fracture after being hit by a blow. Second base player Max Moroff’s contract was selected by AAA subsidiary Memphis Redbirds to replace DeJong’s roster slot.
Moroff has only finished second since his draft, so regular second baseman Tommy Edman can often move on to the shortstop. Moroff and Utility Man Matt Carpenter shared tasks in second place. Edman has returned to second base and allowed Edmundo Sosa to play briefly in a game, but nothing too consistently.
Moroff scored very well in Memphis, hitting .538 / .647 / 1.115 in 34 record appearances. He’s had four home runs and 11 runs, good for a 340+ wRC in Memphis. It’s easy to see why Moroff got that first shot to help the infield. He deserved it.
However, since his arrival, Moroff has had problems. Moroff has no hits and three strikeouts in seven record appearances and falls to -100 wRC. He also had a collision in Sunday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with right fielder Dylan Carlson, leaving him with a swollen, bloody lip. He’s definitely had a tough time in his short time with the club.
To avoid the hitting problems that can arise when starting Carpenter, it would be easy to put Edman back in second place and start Sosa on shortstop. In 19 record appearances, Sosa has hit two hits, two runs, hit the field four times and struck four times. Sosa is usually a good mid-game substitute to help defend.
Raising Spring Training Slugger Jose Rondon, who plays briefly, would give Edman an opportunity to return to the second base.
Plus, it would be just great if Rondon got a shot to shine for the Cardinals. He’s had some impressive spring training for the cards and when he scored Rondon was pretty good.
In Memphis, Rondon meets .231 / .286 / .500 in 56 record appearances. He has 12 hits, including two doubles and four home runs, with 19 runs beaten. He has 16 hits which would explain why he didn’t get a shot earlier.
If DeJong stays on the injured list for an extended period of time and Moroff doesn’t improve, the team may find that it can’t depend on Carpenter, just the occasional crush or an inning on the hill. In order to have a good, consistent game at shortstop while DeJong is out, it may be necessary to educate Rondon.
Rondon will be a fun option for the Cardinals as we hit the upcoming homestand and look for more hits.