The replacement provided by the St. Louis Cardinals was the Cuban émigré, outfielder Amaury Marti. He had also played in the AFL in 2006, where he was named as a "Rising Star", and played in their corresponding All-Star game.
Marti was the Cardinals' 18th round draft pick in 2006. Though some reports have him listed at 29 years of age, he is generally considered to be 33 based on records from his Cuban homeland. Marti had established US residency after leaving Cuba, making him draft-eligible.
The powerful outfielder was loaned to Minititlan of the Mexican League this past summer before finishing the season with Springfield. He posted a .330/.399/.548 line across both stops, but continues to face a crowded outfield competition at the upper levels of the Cardinals system.
In this exclusive audio interview, Marti discusses his 2007 campaign and provides a scouting report on 19-year-old Cardinals prospect Ryde Rodriguez, also a native of Cuba.
This concludes our 12-part exclusive Cardinals interview series brought to you by stlcardinals.scout.com straight from the 2007 Arizona Fall League.
Team USA coach Rick Eckstein
Closer Chris Perez
Outfielder Colby Rasmus
Catcher Bryan Anderson
Mesa Solar Sox coach Mark Riggins
Second Baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir
Pitcher Mitchell Boggs
Pitcher Jason Motte
First baseman Mark Hamilton
Pitcher Luke Gregerson
Pitcher Stuart Pomeranz
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