The Cardinals hosted the Nationals in Sunday afternoon’s exhibition tilt at Roger Dean Stadium. A funny thing happened in the fifth inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, minor league infielder Aledmys Diaz hit a Burke Badenhop offering so hard — or so perfectly — that he ripped the seams off of the ball.
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The 25-year-old Cuban made it to Triple-A for the first time last year, earning a late-August promotion. In 58 plate appearances with Triple-A Memphis, Diaz hit .380/.448/.620 with three home runs.
Diaz inked a four-year, $8 million deal with the Cardinals in March 2014.