Cardinals sign Carlos Peguero


When I heard that the Cardinals signed Carlos Peguero I had to run to my laptop to see if this was true. I remember seeing him some televised Rangers games and garnered much hype on his raw power. He is known as a legit power hitter in the minors when he was with the Seattle Mariners. Peguero, 29 next month, split the 2015 season between the Rangers and Red Sox organizations, seeing action in 30 games with Texas. Peguero batted just .186 in his 84 plate appearances with the Rangers, but he also posted a .310 on-base percentage and slugged .414 thanks to the fact that eight of his 13 hits went for extra bases (four doubles, four homers). Peguero is a legitimate power threat, as evidenced by his career .276/.345/.528 batting line at Triple-A. He belted 30 homers in the minors as recently as 2014 and hit a combined 25 between the Majors and Triple-A last season. Making consistent contact, however, is an issue for Peguero, who has punched out in 39.5 percent of his Major League plate appearances and has a 31.7 percent strikeout rate in parts of five Triple-A seasons. Jennifer Langosh a writer with the St. Louis Cardinals writes that Carlos will receive an invitation to Major League Spring Training.. With having great numbers in the minors and lack luster performance, he will likely end up with the a Memphis Redbirds.

Here is some scouting information on him….

You can think of Peguero as swinging hard with his eyes closed. It’s an exaggeration, but it’s less of an exaggeration for him than it is for most players. The results have been practically the same. Every team has had players like this, some in greater numbers than others. So even if you’re not a Mariners fan, you can relate to the player type, and to what it’s like to watch such a player go about his business.

With someone like this, the raw skills are unmissable. It’s always a question of how likely the player is to make something worthwhile of the various blessings he’s been given. The Peguero ship, specifically, is beginning to set sail — he’s turning 27 in a month, and he hasn’t made progress over the last few years. But he got me thinking about a little project, based around what we could make of a rookie season like the one he had in 2011.

Sources: MLB, Jennifer Langosch, Fangraphs


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