The Rays optioned Arozarena to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Tampa Bay's ample depth in the outfield more than anything prevented Arozarena from breaking camp with the big club, as the 25-year-old was otherwise impressive during the Grapefruit League slate with an 8-for-20 showing at the dish. Arozarena's ability to hit from both sides of the plate and play all three outfield spots should put him at the top of the list for a callup if the Rays require another outfielder at some point during the regular season.
Arozarena, who hit .400 (8-for-20) over 12 Grapefruit League games, will likely be the first outfielder called up from the minors this season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Arozarena got off to a hot start this spring and never let up, replicating the success he's already enjoyed at multiple stops in his professional career, including his initial big-league cup of coffee with the Cardinals last season. The 25-year-old slashed .300/.391/.500 across 23 plate appearances in that brief stint, which followed a spectacular .358/.435/.593 line over 64 games at Triple-A Memphis. Arozarena isn't likely to break through the logjam in the outfield to snag an Opening Day roster spot, but if he's able to carry over his spring momentum to his likely season-opening destination of Triple-A Durham, it likely won't be long before he's back with the Rays.
Arozarena, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in a Grapefruit League loss to the Twins on Tuesday, is 5-for-7 with a double, a triple, four RBI, two walks and five runs over his first four spring training games.
Arozarena was part of a multi-player deal between the Rays and Cardinals in January that also saw Jose Martinez arrive in Tampa. The 24-year-old boasts some stellar seasons on his minor-league resume, including a 2019 stop in Triple-A Memphis during which he slashed .358/.435/.593 with 12 home runs, 38 RBI, nine stolen bases and 51 runs across 283 plate appearances. Arozarena faces stiff competition for an Opening Day roster spot despite being capable of playing all three outfield positions, as the team reinforced its depth during the offseason with a pair of Padres imports, Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot. However, Arozarena could certainly force the issue if he manages to maintain his current caliber of play over the course of the exhibition slate.
Arozarena, Jose Martinez and a Compensation A draft pick were traded from the Cardinals to the Rays in exchange for Matt Liberatore, Edgardo Rodriguez and a Compensation B pick Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Arozarena fared well in his first big-league action a season ago with St. Louis, going 6-for-20 at the dish with a homer, two RBI and two stolen bases in 19 games. The 24-year-old earned his promotion to the majors by putting together a .358/.435/.593 slash line at Triple-A Memphis, where he also hit 12 homers and drove in 38 runs across 64 contests. Arozarena is a possibility to make the 25-man roster to begin the 2020 campaign as a fourth outfielder, though if not he'll certainly be a strong candidate to come up later on in the season.
Arozarena is on the roster for the National League Division Series against the Braves.
The 24-year-old saw inconsistent playing time since making his major-league debut in mid-August but managed to record four runs and two stolen bases in 20 at-bats at the big-league level. Arozarena will likely provide depth in the outfield for the Cardinals in the NLDS and could serve as a pinch runner given his speed.
Arozarena went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two stolen bases and two runs scored Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Arozarena drew a rare start as both Dexter Fowler and Harrison Bader were absent from the lineup. He took advantage, slugging the first home run of his career in the sixth inning off Merrill Kelly. He also chipped in two stolen bases, highlighted by a swipe of home in the fourth inning. Wednesday marked Arozarena's second start since Aug. 16, so his impact will remain limited unless he picks up more at-bats.
Arozarena was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
Arozarena put together an impressive season at Triple-A, slashing .358/.435/.593 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and nine stolen bases over 64 games. He'll get an opportunity to finish out the 2019 campaign in the majors after rosters expanded Sunday.
Arozarena is slated to be called up from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Arozarena just logged a three-game stint with the Cardinals, his first taste of the majors, over an eight-day period in August. The 24-year-old tore through Triple-A pitching this season to the tune of a .358/.433/.593 line across 63 games following a promotion from Double-A Springfield.
Arozarena was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old outfielder played sparingly after getting the call on Aug. 12, hitting .250 with two strikeouts and zero walks in eight plate appearances. Harrison Bader was recalled in a corresponding move.
Although the team has yet to make an official announcement, Arozarena has been informed he'll be sent back down to Triple-A Memphis later Tuesday to make room for the promotion of Harrison Bader, Stu Durando and Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Arozarena went 2-for-8 over three games in his first taste of big-league action after decimating Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .368/.442/.562 line across 52 games with the Redbirds. The 24-year-old should find himself back at the major-league level in short order when rosters expand in September.
Arozarena is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.
Tommy Edman will start again in right field, with Dexter Fowler in center. Arozarena has made just two starts and one pinch-hit appearance since his promotion from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, going 2-for-8 with an RBI and two strikeouts. It doesn't seem like St. Louis is ready to turn him loose quite yet.
Arozarena is not in Friday's lineup against the Reds.
The 24-year-old will ride the bench after making back-to-back starts in which he went 2-for-7 with one RBI. Dexter Fowler will start in center field, leading off, with Tommy Edman starting in right field and bat second.
Arozarena went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals.
Making his major-league debut, Arozarena wasted no time breaking through, reaching on an infield RBI single in the seventh inning and then singling again in the ninth. The Cardinals had selected Arozarena's contract from Triple-A Memphis prior to Tuesday's game against the Royals. The 24-year-old recorded a solid 1.004 OPS through 231 plate appearances during his time with Memphis after getting promoted from Double-A Springfield earlier this season.
The Cardinals selected Arozarena's contract from Triple-A Memphis ahead of Tuesday's game against the Royals, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old gets his first call to the big leagues after posting a stellar 1.004 OPS across 231 plate appearances with Memphis since being promoted from Double-A Springfield earlier in the season. Arozarena lacks impact power at this stage of his career, but his stellar plate discipline (9 percent walk rate, 16.9 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A) and good speed could at least make him an interesting speculative pickup in NL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues. With Jose Martinez (shoulder) joining Tyler O'Neill (wrist) on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move, Arozarena will likely be battling Lane Thomas, Tommy Edman and Yairo Munoz for one spot in St. Louis' everyday outfield alongside veterans Marcell Ozuna and Dexter Fowler.
Arozarena could join the Cardinals next week, Tom Ackerman of KMOX Sports reports.
General manager John Mozeliak noted how Arozarena would bring a different element to the big club. The 24-year-old outfielder is enjoying the advantageous hitting conditions of the Pacific Coast League, slashing .374/.445/.571 with seven home runs and seven steals in 51 games. His above-average speed and solid outfield defense are what Mozeliak is referencing. He would need to be added to the 40-man roster.
Arozarena, who hit for the cycle and drove in four runs in Triple-A Memphis' win over Oklahoma City on Friday, is now slashing .367/.439/.576 over 180 plate appearances with the Redbirds.
Arozarena's momentous night Friday, one in which he also stole a base and scored four times, was just the latest chapter in his monster season at the minor-league level. The 24-year-old started things off with a .309/.422/.515 showing at Double-A Springfield across 28 games before receiving a promotion. He's subsequently compiled 20 extra-base hits (13 doubles, one triple, six home runs) and 25 RBI in Memphis, a thorough turnaround from his initial exposure to Triple-A arms in 2018 (.232/.328/.348 across 311 plate appearances).
Arozarena (hand) has gone 2-for-11 with a double, an RBI, two walks, three strikeouts and a stolen base in three games with Double-A Springfield since his return from the injured list.
A hit-by-pitch in the spring resulted in a fractured right hand for Arozarena, who signed with the Cardinals in 2016 for $1.25 million. The organization has decided to start him back at the Double-A level after a largely unsuccessful stint with Triple-A Memphis in 2018 (.232/.328/.348, 81 wRC+). If he handles Double-A pitching like he did before his promotion to Memphis last year, it shouldn't be long before Arozarena moves back up to the top rung on the minor-league ladder.
Arozarena was diagnosed Monday with a fractured right hand and will be sidelined indefinitely, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Arozarena suffered the injury after getting hit by a pitch over the weekend. The outfielder was holding his own in camp prior to suffering the injury, slashing .346/.414/.538 with a homer and four RBI through 18 games.
Arozarena went 3-for-3 with two RBI, one run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.
After getting plunked in his first plate appearance Tuesday, Arozarena responded by producing a trio of singles -- two of which scored runs -- in his next three trips to the plate. He also flashed his speed, swiping his first bag of spring after tallying a combined 28 stolen bases across 113 games with Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis in 2018.
Arozarena was moved to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Rob Rains of Stlsportspage.com reports.
Arozarena spent the past two weeks at Double-A Springfield, hitting .410 with a 1.218 OPS in 11 games. Following the trade of former Cardinals prospect Oscar Mercado to Cleveland on Tuesday, Arozarena will go back to Memphis, where he's slashed .238/.326/.351 across 66 games this year.
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