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10/19/1986 (30 y, 4 m, 4 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 18, Overall: 112, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
$1.5M / 1 Years (2017) + 1 Option Years
Descalso signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. (2/7/2017)
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Filling a super-utility role for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, Descalso should qualify at second, third, and shortstop in 2012. The 25-year-old infielder is a little tough to figure out. He has shown flashes of moderate power and even decent speed in the minors, but over his 375 at-bats in 2011, he had absolutely zero power (.086 isolated slugging) and only managed to swipe a pair of bags. He’s expected to be the Cardinals everyday second baseman, so over 500+ at-bats, it’s possible he could produce five or six home runs and a concomitant number of steals, but unles the team envisions him as a leadoff hitter, he’s not going to contribute at any category above fantasy replacement level. Because of his position eligibility, he might be nice to stash away in deep leagues for emergency purposes, but he’s not likely to be a significant fantasy contributor. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Descalso is versatile, with eligibility at shortstop, second base, and third base, but he carries a pretty unintimidating stick and won’t help your fantasy squad outside of being an emergency fill-in.
Although he has largely served as a utility infielder throughout his career in St. Louis, the departure of Skip Schumaker to the Dodgers in an offseason trade has opened the door for Descalso to be the full-time second baseman for the Cardinals. Unfortunately, his bat doesn't warrant fantasy consideration. He ranked as the second-worst fantasy option at second base last season -- in front of only the lowly Robert Andino -- and even the optimistic Bill James Projections don't see Descalso breaking the .300 wOBA mark in 2013. He doesn't even provide fantasy owners with cheap steals, either, as he only has nine stolen bases in his first 838 plate appearances in the big leagues. Perhaps more succinctly: Darwin Barney and Gordon Beckham are better fantasy options at second base than Daniel Descalso. Draft (or don't draft) accordingly. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
With the departure of Skip Schumaker to Los Angeles, Descalso should see increased time at second base, but his poor production at the plate in 2012 makes him one of the least-valuable options at the keystone position.
With the additions of Jhonny Peralta and Mark Ellis as well as Kolten Wong being ready for a spot on the big league roster, the Cardinals have a glut of middle infielders. Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma are still there. Ryan Jackson could serve as their utility infielder if necessary. So there shouldn't be any need for Descalso to get another 350+ plate appearances as he has in each of the last three seasons. He doesn't run much, he doesn't have pop, he doesn't hit for average, and he's not that great with the glove. His role should be, and will be, limited. (Brett Talley)
Daniel Descalso finally escaped the middle infield talent logjam in St. Louis and now finds himself in Colorado. Troy Tulowitzki is unquestionably the best shortstop in baseball when he is on the field, but he has missed substantial time in four of the last five seasons. That means that Descalso has a clear path to playing time, but unfortunately, he does not have the skillset to matter much in fantasy. Even when he saw 350-450 plate appearances in seasons with the Cardinals, Descalso never exceeded five home runs or six stolen bases. If he does sub for Tulowitzki in 2015, Descalso will likely offer a .240 batting average and little else. Even Tulowitzki owners in deeper formats should look elsewhere for a backup. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Descalso has a much easier path to playing time behind the oft-injured Troy Tulowitzki in Colorado than he did in St. Louis, but he does not offer the fantasy potential to make him draftable in even deep leagues.
Well, if you are here on Daniel Descalso's page, Jose Reyes is suspended for spousal abuse and the Rockies are too cheap to call up Trevor Story right away. I wish I could describe a nice sleeper pick, but you won’t find that here. Nope, instead you will find a Quad-A middle infielder. No positive traits really exist for the Rockies' infield sub. He hasn’t hit for average in the past (.238 career and .205 in 2015 playing for the Rockies). He may have ten homer potential if given a full season of plate appearances, but I doubt it. In ~1600 career PA, he has 15 total homers and a paltry 4% home runs per fly ball. For a few seasons, he tried to display some stolen base potential (six stolen bases in 2012 and 2013). Over the last couple of seasons he has lost all that stolen base potential by going two for seven (or a 29% success rate). If he turns into a full time player at some point, he may have some minimal use if you are scavenging for runs and RBIs. That's about it. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Daniel Descalso has no fantasy or real value. He could end up with some playing time if Jose Reyes gets suspended.
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