Former Woodchuck Makes MLB Debut

On Saturday, September 18th, the St. Louis Cardinals called up former Wisconsin Woodchuck Daniel Descalso (California-Davis) to their Major League roster.  Descalso becomes the 10th former Woodchuck to play in a Major League game.

Descalso’s debut came on September 18th against the San Diego Padres.  He was called in to pinch hit in the 6th inning, but was called back after the Padres brought in a new relief pitcher.  He again came in to pinch hit for the Cardinals this past Monday and grounded out.  Descalso’s first big league start and base-hit came on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  His double in the 8th inning brought in two runs as he finished 1-for-3 with a run scored on the night.

The left-handed hitting Descalso was an infielder for the Woodchucks during the 2006 summer.  His numbers that summer were quite impressive.  He had a .277 batting average, .399 on-base percentage, and 10 stolen bases.  The St. Louis Cardinals then drafted Descalso in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft. 

The Redwood City, CA native played four seasons in Minor League baseball (MiLB) (A- 1 season, A+ 1 season, AA 2 seasons, AAA 2 seasons).  The majority of his MiLB career was spent in AA Springfield and AAA Memphis.  He has a .276 career MiLB batting average in 1,808 at-bats with 224 RBI, 137 extra-base hits and a .970 fielding percentage. 

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Descalso will be the 74th NWL alumni to appear in Major League Baseball and the 46th player to play in the MLB in 2010.

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