It was first reported, I believe, by Joe Strauss last night on Twitter. The Cardinals plan to call up short stop Ryan Jackson from Memphis to replace Tyler Greene on the active roster.
Jackson, 24, was drafted by the Cardinals in the 5th round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of the University of Miami. Jackson has shown a good glove in his time in the minor leagues. He currently has a .971 fielding percentage, pretty similar to the one that Rafael Furcal has put up in St. Louis.
So far in Memphis he’s been the every day short stop and is hitting .269/.331/.398 with 10 HR and 45 RBI in 113 games. He’s played 100+ games at the minor league level every complete season he’s had in the minors, so playing a lot of games isn’t new to him. But that also brings a concern on how he will do without the same amount of regular playing time.
The move was necessitated by the trade of Tyler Greene to Houston, which left an open spot on the roster, and the injury issues with Furcal, which left Daniel Descalso as the team’s primary shortstop option. With the Cardinals having a very lefty stacked infield (Craig and Freese being the only two remaining right-handed hitting infielders), the team needed a right-handed hitter who could play the middle infield.
Jackson fits that bill well. He should be a shortstop capable of providing you what Furcal does on the field, which gives Furcal time to get healthy.He’s even got some versatility, as he’s played 13 games at second base this season and threw in a game at third base for good measure, all without an error. That’ll be good for when Furcal is back playing regularly.
I’m very excited to see Jackson in the big leagues. I’ve heard a lot of people say he’s really good at shortstop. Personally, I haven’t seen that in his stats. Great glove, questionable range, but stats do only tell part of the story. I’m looking forward to seeing him play with my own eyes so that I can complete my opinion of him.