As the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers prepare to break spring training camp and begin the regular season, news of releases of players unable to make one of the four full-season clubs continue to dribble out.http://www.scout.com/player/192774-jake-gronsky?s=321
The latest ex-Cardinal is infielder Jake Gronsky. The Pennsylvania native joined the Cardinals when his contract was acquired from Joliet of the Frontier League on July 21, 2014. The now-24-year-old had played his college ball at Monmouth University in New Jersey.
Assigned to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2014 against much younger players, the right-handed hitter had a .288/.370/.413/.783 line. Gronsky drove in 15 runs in 24 games and played second base, third base and served as designated hitter.
After opening 2015 in extended spring training, Gronsky received a promotion to a more age-appropriate level, the Florida State League, in late May. After about five weeks with Palm Beach, he was sent down to Class-A Peoria. In the FSL, Gronsky hit .188 in 23 games with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored. He walked seven times with 21 strikeouts and stole one base.
In 31 games with Peoria, Gronsky crafted a line of .225/.319/.422/.741 before suffering a non-displaced fracture to his left hand that ended his season in late August. Defensively, he had become the ultimate utilityman – playing all four infield positions, left field and even taking the mound in a blowout.
With younger players coming up from lower levels, competition this spring was strong. Even before camp opened, I had Gronsky on my projected Palm Beach roster bubble with no apparent room for him among the infielders competing to be among the high-A team's season-opening 25.
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