"Minor League Player of the Month" - April

Playing in Springfield he's surrounded by some of the brightest minor league stars in the system including; first round draft pick, Brett "the Hitman" Wallace; the Cards 08 Minor League Player of the Year, Daryl Jones; fan favorite, Steven "the King of the" Hill and our Top 40 Prospects; Francisco Samuel & Tyler Herron, but it's Daniel Descalso who was outshining all the big stars in April.

Selected in the third round (112th overall) of the June, 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the twenty-two year old left-handed hitting infielder, finished last season at Double-A Springfield after playing in 115 games for the Palm Beach Cardinals, where he hit, .243/.313/.372 with eight home runs and 50 RBIs. The infielder split playing time between shortstop and second base. In nine games, 37 at-bats for Springfield, Daniel hit .351 (11-for-37) to close out the year.

It's ironic that the first "Player of the Month Award" goes to a player of virtually coming out of no-where, but Descalso's play this month, shouldn't go unnoticed. Surrounded by marquee batsmen and sluggers like Brett Wallace, Steven Hill and Daryl Jones, it's Descalso that leads the Springfield club with 21 RBIs this season. He also leads the team with 30 base hits and 50 total bases and he's among the team leaders in most offensive categories including; .385 batting average (2nd); .641 slugging percentage (2nd), 1.083 OPS (2nd), .442 OBP (2nd) , six doubles (2nd) and leads the team with four triples.

In the final game of the month Thursday, Descalso went 1-for-4 on the night to extend his current hitting streak to an organizational high, 13 games, just five games shy of the Springfield franchise record of 18 games set by Tyler Greene last season.

He missed the cut making the Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect rankings this past winter, but with his makeup, natural hitting skills and solid work ethic he should move up in the power rankings this season.


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