Cardinals Drop First Baseman Alex De Leon

The St. Louis Cardinals have released a first baseman who had spent the last three seasons at Class-A.

Another day, another player cut from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league ranks. Thursday brought the release of first baseman Alex De Leon, making him the 10th minor leaguer trimmed from the organization’s ranks over the last ten days.

After playing at short-season Class-A State College in both 2013 and 2014, the 25-year-old moved up to Class-A Peoria last season. In the Midwest League, the right-handed hitter hit 11 home runs and drove in 55 in 110 games. De Leon’s slash line was an uninspiring .212/.293/.358/.652 and his strikeout rate was 31.2 percent.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder from the University of Kansas had been St. Louis’ 23rd round selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Playing a position from which power is expected, first base, De Leon did not progress as hoped over his three-plus years in the system. The California native finishes his Cardinals career with a line of .228/.309/.390/.699.

With younger players progressing from lower levels, job competition this spring was strong. Before camp opened, I had De Leon on my projected Peoria roster bubble with no apparent room for him among the infielders competing for a spot on the Chiefs opening 25-man roster. In other words, I am not surprised by today’s news.

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