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Transaction Analysis 9/2: Cards recall Sosa a Day Early

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MLB: St. Louis Cardinals-Media Day Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Although the Cardinals had announced that two more players would be recalled tomorrow once Memphis’s season ended, they decided to recall IF Edmundo Sosa to the big club before this afternoon’s game with the Giants.

Sosa started 77 games for AAA Memphis this season at shortstop. Sosa had a couple of months where he struggled mightily at the plate, and his slash line for the season was .291/.335/.466 with a 91 wRC+ in 496 PA. While he did show power that he had never demonstrated before with 17 HRs and a .174 ISO, further investigation is warranted to determine how much of that is due to the new ball that was used in AAA this year. His biggest issue was plate discipline with only a 3.4% BB rate, which was only a minute improvement from the 3.2% BB rate he displayed in 279 PA last season with AA Springfield, and worse than his 6.2% BB rate he had in 209 PA in AAA last year. In the last 28 days, Sosa has hit .355/.398/.505, and his slugging percentage is actually 3 points higher than that over the last 90 days.

Sosa was recalled to the majors very late in the 2018 season on September 23rd, and only got 3 PA, with 1 BB and 1 SO. He was recalled this season on July 16th when Matt Carpenter went on the IL with a right foot contusion and got 3 PA with 1 SO and his first career major league base hit with a bloop single. He was only on the roster for 4 days and was optioned on July 20th. The Cards recalled Ryan Helsley to get to a 9-man bullpen and only a 3-man bench because the Cards were desperate at the time for more arms in the pen.

Sosa is purported to be one of the organization’s better infield defenders, and has experience at all the middle infield positions. He will be out of options after this year, and with the Cards’ affinity for Yairo Munoz and now Tommy Edman, it will be interesting to see if he is either non-tendered or outrighted this offseason to make room on the 40-man roster for other players the Cards need to protect.

The Cards now have 34 players on the active roster and a 9-man bench. Randy Arozarena is still expected to join the Cards tomorrow.

BENCH

J. Hudson, Knizner, Wieters, Munoz, Ravelo, Sosa, J. Martinez, O’Neill, Edman/Carpenter