The Cardinals signed and added Dean Anna to their 40 man roster this afternoon. By adding the middle infielder might mean that Descalso or Ellis may not be coming back. Anna, 27, led the Pacific Coast League (AAA) in batting in 2013 with a .331 mark and finished 2nd in the league with 38 doubles, earning selection to the league’s All-Star team. He made his Major League debut in 2014, appearing in 12 games with the New York Yankees and hit his first Major League homer on April 10 vs. Boston. The left-handed hitting middle-infielder, a native of Harvey, Ill., also combined to play in 65 games with triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) and Indianapolis (Pirates) in 2014, batting .207 with 2 HR’s and 21 RBI. The Cardinals has also signed three more and agreed to terms with minor league free-agent pitchers Marcus Hatley and Miguel Socolovich. The Cardinals also re-signed infielder Scott Moore to a minor league contract. Moore, along with Hatley and Socolovich, will receive invitations to the team’s Major League spring training camp next February.
Hatley, 26, was 2-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 45 games for the Iowa Cubs (AAA) in 2014. The 6-5, 220-pound right-hander struck out 58 batters in 47.0 innings pitched and walked just 13. He owns a career mark of 24-24, 4.25 ERA in 251 career minor league games since being drafted by the Cubs in 2006.
Socolovich, 28, compiled a 2-2 mark with a 3.64 ERA in 51 games with triple-A Las Vegas (Mets) and fanned 68 batters in 59.1 IP while walking just 19. The 6-1, 195-pound native of Caracas, Venezuela appeared in a combined 12 games at the Major League level for Baltimore and the Chicago Cubs in 2012. Socolovich has struck out 14 batters in 10.0 IP in his nine games pitched for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.
The left-handed hitting Moore served as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) regular third baseman in 2014 and batted .236 with 15 HR’s and 58 RBI in 121 games. Moore, 30, has appeared in 152 career games at the Major League level, most recently with Houston in 2012. He was the Detroit Tigers 1st round draft selection (8th player overall) in 2002.