Ingram Earning Back the Lead-off Spot

In his second shot at the top of the order, D'Marcus Ingram is making the Quad Cities River Bandits coaches look smart.

The Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League inserted outfielder D'Marcus Ingram back into the top of the order in the month of July and have seen him flourish.

Ingram, 20, was called up from extended spring training on April 24 to take over the leadoff spot for the Single-A club. He replaced Adron Chambers in the order after he took the spot from Justin Roberson, who was unsuccessful and later released.

In his first month, Ingram, the Cardinals' 2006 25th round (766th overall) pick, struggled at the top of the order, hitting 2-for-22 with eight strikeouts and as a result, was bumped to the 9th spot in late April and early May. Within a couple weeks, Ingram was placed on the disabled list with an ankle injury, on May 28. He was activated on June 10 and returned to the 9th slot.

In July, the Birdhouse's 39th ranked Cardinals prospect was gradually eased up the batting order to the 7th spot and by the middle of the month was returned to lead off again. On August 2, his nine-game hitting streak was snapped but he still has a ten-game on-base streak, most important in scoring runs.

Since his insertion back into the lead-off role, Ingram has gone 14-for-43 (.325) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, eight runs, three walks, and only three strike outs. He has also recently appeared in the 2nd spot, where he is 5-for-12 with three runs and one strike out. This represents a big turnaround since the beginning of the season.

The Midwest League Western Division club has featured many lineups this season with Justin Roberson, Tommy Pham, Nick Peoples, Adron Chambers, and Oliver Marmol at the top, but the club now seems to have gained back the man intended for the position all along.

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