Oh, the perils of being a minor league baseball fan...
The St. Louis Cardinals announced Thursday morning that they will further undercut their top farm club's playoff aspirations by calling up slugging first baseman Xavier Scruggs from Class AAA Memphis.
Scruggs, who has 21 homers to go along with 87 RBIs, is a right-handed hitting first baseman who will give back to the parent club some of the depth lost when Allen Craig was traded to the Boston Red Sox in the John Lackey deal. Current first baseman Matt Adams has been slumping terribly lately and he bats from the left side of the dish.
Memphis has already lost slugging outfielders Randal Grichuk and Oscar Taveras to the Cardinals as well as pitchers Marco Gonzales, Tyler Lyons and Nick Greenwood. So the team that will take the field in the post season will bear little resemblance to the one that wore Memphis Redbirds uniforms during the middle of the year.
It's a bummer not only for Memphis fans. But also for the players who were left behind. Some of the guys on the roster will never make it to the major leagues. The chance to win the Class AAA championship probably means a lot more to them.
But the Cardinals have benefitted greatly from the addition of the other Memphis call ups, and it's what happens in the big leagues that matters most.
I hope Scruggs can add as much offense at first base as Grichuk has lately in the outfield. If St. Louis can handle the Brewers and build a larger lead, the team will have the luxury of resting Adams or messing around with his swing on the fly.
Something needs to be worked out because it's going to be tough for the Cardinals to win in the post season if their cleanup man is on the fritz.