The Cardinals have promoted catcher Carson Kelly to the majors, moved reliever Seth Maness to the 60-day disabled list (elbow) and designated shortstop Dean Anna for assignment, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link).
The 22-year-old Kelly joined the Cardinals organization as a second-round pick in 2012. Kelly was a third baseman until the end of the 2013 season, after which the Cardinals shifted him to catcher. From a defensive standpoint, the switch has gone well for Kelly, whom MLBPipeline.com ranks as the Redbirds’ 11th-best prospect and credits for his work behind the plate. Offensively, Kelly hit .287/.338/.403 in 236 Double-A plate appearances this year before advancing to Triple-A Memphis, where he batted .292/.352/.381.
Anna has been with St. Louis since signing a major league deal with the franchise in November 2014, but he has since made only one trip to the plate with the Cardinals. The 29-year-old has spent all of 2016 in Memphis, where he has hit .266/.344/.341 in 383 PAs. Anna owns a better line of .282/.375/.388 line in 1,740 Triple-A plate trips.
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Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Pitcher
Bats: Left • Throws: Right
5-11, 180lb (180cm, 81kg)
Team:Chicago White Sox (minors)
Born:November 24, 1986 in Glenwood, ILus
Draft: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft from Ball State University (Muncie, IN).
High School:Lincoln-Way East HS (Frankfort, IL)
School:Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
Debut:April 4, 2014 (Age 27-131d, 18,184th in MLB history)
vs. TOR 4 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Still Intact through 2018
2018 Contract Status: Pre-Arb Eligible
Service Time (01/2018): 0.031 • Arb Eligible: 2021 • Free Agent: 2024
Full Name: Dean William Anna