Aledmys Diaz, Infield, St. Louis Cardinals, #36


Date of Birth: 8/1/1990
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
Current Salary: $2,500,000

Aledmys Diaz, infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, played in Cuba from 2007 through part of 2012. He defected in 2012. Because he lied about his age, he couldn't sign with a major league team until February 19, 2014. Almost a month later, on March 9, 2014, he signed a four-year, $8 million contract with the Cardinals.

Diaz played in the Cardinals' minor league system in 2014 and 2015. In 163 games, he batted .276 with 162 hits, 76 RBIs, and 101 strikeouts to 44 walks. Defensively, as a shortstop, he made 327 assists, 74 double plays, 193 putouts, and 21 errors in 122 games.

In 2016, his first season in the majors, Diaz batted .300 in 111 games with the Cardinals. He finished the season with 121 hits, 28 doubles, 17 home runs, and 65 RBIs. Defensively, as the Cardinals' shortstop in 106 games, he made 275 assists, 68 double plays, 122 putouts, and 16 errors.

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