Rick Hummel Discusses Emergence of Cardinals’ Hazelbaker, Diaz

Jeremy Hazelbaker and Aledmys Diaz
Rookies Jeremy Hazelbaker and Aledmys Diaz.

Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Tuesday to discuss the Cardinals’ recent offensive outburst and the emergence of rookies Jeremy Hazelbaker and Aledmys Diaz.

Read some excerpts and listen to the complete interview below:

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On Hazelbaker seemingly coming out of nowhere to produce for the Cardinals right now:

“His statistics in the minor leagues are fairly modest. But he had 238 steals in the minor leagues. Anybody that can run like that and play outfield in three positions…he should’ve been in the big leagues before now. He was in the Red Sox organization and the Dodgers organization that both signed high-priced guys ahead of him. So he just never got a shot.”

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On how comfortable he seems to be:

“He doesn’t seem uncomfortable to me at all. He seems like he believes he belongs in the Major Leagues and is finally getting his shot.”

On Aledmys Diaz:

“His bat has been tremendous. This is what they thought they were signing in 2014 (when they gave him a four year-$8million deal. We’ll see what happens as we go along here. But both these guys…the league has to turn their attention on their scouting reports to them.”

Listen to the interview here:

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