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Cardinals' Prospects Review: Paul DeJong

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It’s the last month of the minor league season, and as the schedule winds down we’re taking a look at how the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospects (including Redbirds) are performing.  The rankings and reports come from

Last time, we profiled the #16 prospect, Randy Arozarena.

15.  Paul DeJong  3B 
6’1”, 195 lbs. 
Bats-Right, Throws-Right.

DeJong was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB draft out of Illinois State. He was assigned to Johnson City of the short-season Appalachian League after the draft, where in 10 games he hit .486 in just 37 at-bats, with a .973 slugging average and 15 RBI. Promoted later that season to Peoria of the Midwest League, he hit .288, slugging .438 and collecting 26 more RBI. Overall for the year, in 256 at-bats, he collected 18 doubles, three triples, and nine homers, with 42 runs scored and 42 runs batted in.

That success behind him, DeJong was assigned to AA Springfield in the Texas League for 2016. So far, he’s hitting .243 and slugging .443, with 23 doubles, two triples, and 21 home runs.

Recent history indicates that the Cardinals have some skill in drafting and developing college hitters – see Kolten Wong, Stephen Piscotty, Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams, and David Freese.  DeJong could well be the part of the next wave of college hitters to advance to St. Louis.  He played various positions in college, but settled in at 3B as a professional.  He has a good arm, although he needs some work on his accuracy, and is regarded as a fringy defender.  The Cardinals believe he has a chance to stay at the hot corner.

DeJong has quickly become the top third baseman in the system, and there’s no one above him to block him on the path to St. Louis.  Assuming adequate defense, he could be in the big leagues at any time in the future.

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