The first time I heard the name Jeremy Hazelbaker was at the beginning of Spring Training and I had no idea who he is or his background. Well this kid Hazelbaker is making some important heads turn. Those on the Major League staff who heard about Hazelbaker’s success last season are now seeing it after inviting the 28-year-old to Major League camp. He has shown an ability to play all three outfield positions capably and, after capping a two-hit day with a two-run homer on Monday, is 9-for-29 with seven RBIs this spring. He has stolen four bases and hit two homers, tied for most on the team. The Cardinals signed Hazelbaker last May, after he had been released by the Dodgers. A former fourth-round pick out of Ball State University, Hazelbaker took off in the new environment. He hit .308/.394/.503 in 40 games for Double-A Springfield to earn a promotion to Triple-A, where he hit .333/.403/.594 in 58 games. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 amateur draft out of Ball State University, located in Muncie, Ind., his hometown, Hazelbaker played five years for the Red Sox and went to the Dodgers in 2014. His best season at the plate was in high A where he hit .279. In his one trip to Triple A Albuquerque with the Dodgers, he hit just .222.
I am hearing that they plan to send him down to the AA team in Springfield, MO but we may see him make the roster. I think he has a chance so lets just cross our fingers.