Former Rox Outfielder Ben DeLuzio Debuts with the Cardinals
DeLuzio is the 306th former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB
Rochester, Minn. – Former St. Cloud Rox outfielder Ben DeLuzio made his Major League debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, September 2, 2022. DeLuzio is the 306th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.
DeLuzio, who played collegiately at Florida State University, played for the Rox in 2016. DeLuzio signed with the Diamondbacks in 2016 as an undrafted free agent.
In 2016 with the Rox, DeLuzio played in seven games and hit .368 with one double, eight runs scored and three steals. He also drove in two.
DeLuzio began his professional career in 2016 with the Diamondbacks Rookie Level team in the Arizona League. After four games he was promoted to the Hillsboro Hops of the Short-Season A Northwest League. For the season he hit a combined .319 with two triples, two doubles, and 14 stolen bases. He drove in eight and scored 24 times.
In 2017 DeLuzio started the season with the Kane County Cougars of the Lo-A Midwest League. After 46 games in Kane County, he was sent up to the Visalia Rawhide of the Hi-A California League. Between the two clubs he played in 76 games and hit .330 with four triples and 18 doubles. He drove in 26, scored 40 times and stole 25 bases.
For the 2018 season, DeLuzio started the season with Arizona in the Rookie League. After four games he moved up to the Jackson Generals of the AA Southern League. He would finish the season in Jackson and for the year he hit .264 with two home runs, three triples and 12 doubles. He stole 37 bases and drove in 43.
DeLuzio started the 2019 season back in Jackson. After 79 games he was promoted again to the Reno Aces of the AAA Pacific Coast League. For the season he played in 118 games and hit .289 with four home runs, eight triples and 22 doubles. He scored 68 times, drove in 43 and stole 18 bases.
DeLuzio began the 2021 season with the Amarillo Sod Poodles of the AA Central League. He would play in 20 games in Amarillo before moving back up to Reno. In 68 games between the two clubs, he hit .282 with three home runs, seven triples and 16 doubles. He stole 16 bases and drove in 25.
During the 2021 offseason the Cardinals selected DeLuzio in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.
Prior to his call-up to the Cardinals, DeLuzio had played in 94 games with the Memphis Redbirds of the AAA Pacific Coast League. He was hitting .278 with nine home runs, six triples and 16 doubles. He also had 30 stolen bases. In his Major League debut against the Cubs, DeLuzio entered the game as a pinch-hitter and walked and scored a run in his only plate appearance.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 29th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 300 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.