In my recent stop in Peoria, one of my to-dos was to seek out St. Louis Cardinals infielder Andrew Sohn.
The reason for my quest is that I had yet to see the Cardinals’ 2014 sixth-rounder from Western Michigan in game action. By the time I caught up with the 2014 State College Spikes for the first of two times last summer, Sohn had already been placed on the disabled list. He played in just 11 New York-Penn League games, with a solid .891 OPS, before his injury.
However, even though Sohn was present during the Cardinals fall instructional league camp last September and October, he was still on the rehab list. He was sidelined by a UCL injury in his throwing elbow that did not require surgery.
This spring, in perhaps a bit of a surprise (at least to me), Sohn made the full-season Peoria Chiefs out of spring training. There was significant camp competition in the middle infield, with Darren Seferina and Oscar Mercado eventually anointed as the every-day combination at second and short, respectively, for the Midwest League Chiefs.
However, Sohn is becoming a secret weapon for manager Joe Kruzel, already starting at four positions defensively (second, short, third – just above - and even left field) plus designated hitter in his first 14 MWL contests. Though a current slump has dropped his average to .220, the right-handed hitter has been a contributor offensively.
With a big four-RBI game on April 18, Sohn’s seven RBI puts him in a tie for fifth-most on the team, while his 11 runs scored is fourth on the Chiefs, despite him most often batting ninth. One of his five stolen bases in six attempts is pictured at the top of this article.
In the following interview, Sohn discusses his truncated 2014, how he prepared for 2015, how he sees his role, his initial impressions of the Cardinals organization and his time with the Chiefs to date.
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