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Part of the Cardinals' return from Texas for Jordan Montgomery, Thomas Saggese went on a summer-long heater at Double-A before finally cooling down after a late-season promotion to Triple-A. He hit .351/.424/.653 with 20 home runs, six steals and a 22.9 K% in 285 at-bats from June 10 through Sept. 7. Saggese (pronounced soo-JAY-see) is a career .298 hitter in the minors and has a classic bat-first second baseman profile. He looks to do damage early in counts and will probably be better in batting average leagues than OBP leagues. He is a fringe-average runner but was on base enough to steal 12 bags on 14 attempts in 139 games. If he can hit around .280 with 20 home runs, Saggese should provide enough value to justify everyday playing time in spite of his fringe-average defense. If not, he'll likely move around the field as a bench bat and injury replacement. Saggese, who turns 22 in April, should head to Triple-A for at least a couple months, as he is not on the 40-man roster.

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  • Cardinals' Thomas Saggese: Slow start at Triple-A

    Saggese is slashing .243/.325/.397 with five home runs and four steals in 36 games for Triple-A Memphis. He is now slashing .232/.309/.381 with six home runs and five steals in 49 career games at Triple-A, dating back to last year, which is subpar for a player whose bat is going to have to carry the day. Saggese has played 27 games at shortstop, five games at second base and five games at third base. It's worth noting that Saggese is the sixth-youngest qualified hitter at Triple-A, and the five who are younger are Jackson Holliday, Junior Caminero, James Wood, Owen Caissie and Jonatan Clase, so patience is probably warranted in dynasty leagues.
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  • Cardinals' Thomas Saggese: Promoted to Triple-A

    Saggese has been promoted by the Cardinals from Double-A Springfield to Triple-A Memphis, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Acquired from the Rangers in the Jordan Montgomery trade, Saggese sported a blistering .331/.403/.662 slash line with 10 home runs and three stolen bases in 33 games for Springfield to earn the promotion. All told, he boasts a .937 OPS with 25 long balls and 11 steals at the Double-A level this season. Saggese won't turn 22 until April but has set himself up for a potential debut at some point next season if he continues to impress.
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  • Cardinals' Thomas Saggese: Sent to St. Louis

    The Cardinals acquired Saggese, right-hander Tekoah Roby and left-hander John King from the Rangers on Sunday in exchange for left-hander Jordan Montgomery and right-hander Chris Stratton, Jeff Passan of reports. Of the three minor-league players heading back to St. Louis, Saggese projects to have the most long-term real-life and fantasy value. The 21-year-old has dabbled at shortstop, second base and third base during his time at Double-A Frisco this season, but he'll probably be a better fit defensively at one of the latter two positions once he reaches the big leagues. Saggese lacks any standout tools but has been a well above league-average hitter at each stop in the minors since being selected by Texas in the fifth round of the 2020 First-Year Player Draft. Over 417 plate appearances with Frisco this season, Saggese slashed .320/.385/.522 with an 8.5 percent walk rate, a 22.5 percent strikeout rate, 15 home runs and eight steals (in 10 attempts).
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  • Rangers' Thomas Saggese: Climbs to Double-A

    The Rangers promoted Saggese to Double-A Frisco on Monday, Kennedi Landry of reports. With High-A Hickory's season coming to an end over the weekend, Saggese and outfield prospect Evan Carter will receive cups of coffee down the stretch for Frisco, where both players are likely to open the 2023 campaign. Saggese, a 20-year-old infielder, slashed .308/.359/.487 with 14 home runs and 11 stolen bases across 419 plate appearances for Hickory.
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