Cardinals Designate Dominic Leone For Assignment

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The Cardinals reported Wednesday that they’ve assigned right-hander Dominic Leone for task. St. Louis likewise chose the agreements of righty Jake Woodford, infielder Elehuris Montero and right-hander Alvaro Seijas.

Leone’s two seasons with the Cardinals didn’t work out as the association trusted when getting him from Toronto; in 64 2/3 innings as a Cardinal, he pitched to an appalling 5.15 ERA. Leone managed to punch out 10 hitters per nine innings pitched, yet he battled with strolls (4.2 BB/9), grand slams (1.7 HR/9) and, in 2019, stranding baserunners (68.2 percent).

The 28- year-old Leone had been qualified for discretion and was anticipated by MLBTR supporter Matt Swartz to be in line for a $1.6MM pay in 2020. Effectively a non-delicate up-and-comer, he was rather cut free a little while in front of the early-December delicate cutoff time. The Cardinals will have seven days to exchange him, discharge him or pass him through out and out waivers. Episodically, the two players the Cardinals obtained from the Blue Jays before the 2018 season in return for Randal Grichuk have been assigned for task in the previous hour, as the Royals just assigned Conner Greene minutes prior. (Kansas City guaranteed him from St. Louis last November.)

Both Montero (No. 4) and Woodford (No. 13) rank inside the Cardinals’ top 30 prospects in the latest rankings at MLB.com. Montero, 21, battled through a hopeless season in Double-A however is viewed as a solid equipped third baseman with in addition to crude power. Given the pitcher-accommodating nature of Double-An in 2019 and Montero’s young age comparative with the challenge he looked in that setting, the Cards were unflinching by his battles.

Woodford, in the interim, posted tolerable numbers in a dangerous Triple-A setting for pitchers, attempting to a 4.14 ERA with 7.8 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 and a 36.2 percent grounder rate in 26 begins (151 2/3 innings). He’ll give the Cards some revolution profundity for the forthcoming season.

The 21- year-old Seijas hasn’t pitched above Class-An Advanced, in spite of the fact that as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls attention to (by means of Twitter), the group’s startling loss of righty Luis Perdomo a couple of seasons prior may have added to forcefully ensuring Seijas regardless of the way that he’s far from MLB status.

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