Aledmys Diaz to play SS today for St. Louis Cardinals

Posted by Scott Wuerz on March 21, 2014 

The St. Louis Cardinals have posted their line-up and newly-signed Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz will start and bat eighth.

It's going to be interesting to see Diaz in the flesh after mysterious roller coaster ride he's been on for the last year after defecting.

The Redbirds have been hot and heavy over Diaz for months. But there has been little video of his play for the public -- or MLB scouts for that matter -- to form an opinion about his abilities.

St. Louis seemed to be impressed with Diaz's workouts. But he ended up signing for a quarter of what some of his contemporaries have received. So I'm left to wonder if the Cardinals saw something no one else did. Or if he's really the glorified utility player the Yankees have made Diaz out to be.

The talk is that the 23-year-old infielder is tabbed to be the shortstop of the Class AA Springfield Cardinals. But it's interesting that the club will give him at least a taste of major league camp.

Was that a perk necessary to get Diaz to sign with the Cardinals, or is this a chance for the team to see how close he is to major-league ready? I doubt the expectations are high since Diaz hasn't been able to play organized ball for a year. His timing at the plate is likely to be a mess and who knows what sort of playing shape he is in?

One way or another we'll hopefully soon have some answers about his abilities and the veil will lift.

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