It is not as if Darren Seferina is an unknown. After all, the St. Louis Cardinals selected the now-21-year-old in the fifth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Yet there is no doubt that after just two seasons in the system, the second baseman is making himself even better known as a winning player with considerable potential.
At State College last season, Seferina was a New York-Penn League All-Star and finished ninth in the short-season Class-A league’s batting race (.294) while ranking third in stolen bases with 20. He helped lead his Spikes to the NYPL title.
The Curacao native did not miss a beat when moving up to the Class-A Midwest League in 2015. With Peoria, Seferina was a post-season All-Star and once again was a part of a playoff club.
Individually, his 23 steals (in 40 attempts) ranked fourth in the Cardinals system. The left-handed hitter’s average was almost unchanged year to year at .293 and his on-base mark was .352.
Even more impressive to me was Seferina’s emerging power as indicated by his extra-base hit totals. His 26 doubles were second in the system this season (behind Stephen Piscotty) and his 12 triples ranked number one among all Cardinals farm hands.
I have to admit that I was a bit slow to fully appreciate Seferina’s recent in-season success. In the most-recent The Cardinal Nation top 40 prospect list, Seferina is ranked 38th, but I am sure he will improve in our off-season rankings refresh.
I caught up with Seferina at Cardinals instructional league camp last month, where he was seeing time at shortstop in addition to his normal second base position.
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