The Cardinals announced their final September call ups to join the team now that the Memphis Redbirds have concluded their season. Tony Cruz, Tyler Greene and Adron Chambers will all arrive in St. Louis in time for the September 6th matchup with the Brewers.
Tyler Greene will be given every chance to prove that he can be the shortstop on this team in 2012. Tony Cruz may very well be trying to prove the same thing at the backup catcher position. Adron Chambers, well, he is simply getting a chance to show what he has.
Chambers was a player that the team drafted in late rounds (38th round of the 2007 draft) and placed little pressure on to become anything more than an extra piece in the machine. Chambers, however, had other ideas and showed that he was willing to be patient and improve at every step.
One of the fastest prospects in the Cardinals organization, Chambers has proven to be able to produce a solid on base percentage, a fair amount of walks, and a good glove in the field. He does come with his share of strikeouts, though he has lowered his strikeout per plate appearance average every year, just not by much. The left handed outfielder stands in at only five foot ten inches tall and 180 pounds, but is enjoying a power surge this year, clubbing 10 home runs and 19 doubles to go with his 44 runs batted in. He shows off his speed with 22 stolen bases while only being caught 13 times this season.
The most interesting thing about Chambers may be the one thing that Tony LaRussa has been looking for: he can hit lefties and righties. In fact, his splits are almost identical this season, posting a .274/.366/.703 (Avg/On Base/OPS) slash-line against left handers, while posting a nearly identical .278/.368/.813 against righties. He does seem to hit for power better with a right handed pitcher on the mound, but he is not a hindrance just because of the hurler’s arm preference.
Here is a quick look at Chambers’ career numbers from our friends at Baseball Reference.
|AAA (2 seasons)||AAA||164||579||490||83||137||19||5||11||52||28||14||62||106||.280||.373||.406||.779||199|
|A (1 season)||A||95||384||336||56||80||13||7||3||25||13||8||33||66||.238||.322||.345||.667||116|
|AA (1 season)||AA||75||292||252||52||71||9||5||5||27||8||4||31||50||.282||.376||.417||.793||105|
|Rk (1 season)||Rk||36||129||111||16||31||7||1||0||10||6||5||10||21||.279||.362||.360||.723||40|
|A+ (1 season)||A+||122||517||448||66||127||17||16||1||46||21||12||47||96||.283||.370||.400||.770||179|
How much playing time Chambers will get in 2011 has yet to be seen, but the young man is impressing the organization every year and just might be getting the first serious look at the big stage that he so well deserves.