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33 Daniel Descalso SS
Height/Weight: 5-10/190 | Birthdate: 10/19/1986 | Birthplace: Redwood City, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: St. Louis | College: California-Davis | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $511,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 278.94
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Daniel Descalso finally raises average above .000


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso was searching for his first hit Saturday against the Cubs and found two to contribute to a balanced 10-run attack.

Descalso, who entered the game 0 for 10 on the season, hit an RBI single and scored in the second, then singled and scored again in the fourth.


Cardinals avoid arbitration with Daniel Descalso


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Cardinals avoided arbitration with infielder Daniel Descalso, agreeing to a one-year, $1.29 million contract, a source told FOX Sports. The deal includes performance bonuses.

Cardinals heading to arbitration with three


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) The Cardinals tendered contracts to outfielders Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay, as well as infielder Daniel Descalso Monday, ahead of the midnight deadline. All three will head to arbitration, though the team can negotiate contracts with them until Jan. 17. 

Daniel Descalso returns to short for Game 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) The Cardinals have decided to go with Daniel Descalso at short for Game 6.

Descalso was in the lineup for Game 4, but was replaced by Pete Kozma for Game 5. Descalso has gone hitless in six at-bats during the World Series. He'll hit ninth against Red Sox pitcher John Lackey. 


Daniel Descalso in Game 4 starting lineup at shortstop


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso is in the team's starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series Sunday. Descalso, who will bat eighth, replaces Pete Kozma, who started Game 3 in the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Red Sox.

Descalso has been used primarly against right-handers this season, and the Red Sox have righty Clay Buchholz starting Game 4. Descalso hit .250/.300/.384 in 268 at-bats against righties in the regular season.


Daniel Descalso in starting lineup at SS in Game 2


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso is batting ninth and starting at shortstop in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday.

Game 1 shortstop Pete Kozma committed two errors in the first two innings of Wednesday's 8-1 loss, and the Red Sox capitalized by taking a 5-0 lead into the third inning of their eventual win.

Descalso, who hit .238/.290/.366 in 328 at-bats during the regular season, was 1 for 9 during the National League Division Series and 2 for 7 with two runs during the National League Championship Series. He made 48 starts at shortstop during the regular season as well.


Daniel Descalso draws a start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2013) Cardinals shortstop Daniel Descalso will start Game 1 of the NLDS Thursday.

Descalso draws the start over Pete Kozma. He will hit eighth against A.J. Burnett. Descalso is hitting .238/.290/.366 in 328 at-bats. 


Cardinals manager 'comfortable' with shortstop situation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny refused to call the shortstop playing time situation a platoon between Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso, according to MLB.com.

"No. It's just day to day and see how we feel things match up," Matheny said.

Kozma has started nine times at shortstop in August to Descalso's eight starts. Kozma started at shortstop 90 times in the team's first 106 games.

"I think we have all become more comfortable with how Danny is playing, as well and how he's swinging the bat at times," Matheny said. "You're going to see both of them in there."


Daniel Descalso stealing playing time from Pete Kozma


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso started at shortstop in place of Pete Kozma Sunday against the Reds for the second time in three games. Descalso is batting .429 (6 for 14) with two home runs in his last four games, while Kozma is mired in a 3-for-22 slump in his last nine games.

"I like the way Danny looks right now," manager Mike Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He’s taking some good at-bats and he’s doing a nice job in the field, too."


Daniel Descalso scorches two home runs


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso recorded three base hits Friday during a 13-3 win over the Reds.

Descalso blasted two home runs in the game as he went deep in the fifth and seventh innings. Both solo shots, Descalso now has five HRs on the year.

He finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored and is batting .265 for the year. Descalso hadn't homered since June 6 before going deep twice Friday. 


Daniel Descalso hasn't taken over as starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Cardinals shortstop Daniel Descalso started at shortstop for the fifth time in six games Wednesday against the Astros, as starting shortstop Pete Kozma continues to struggle offensively. However, it doesn't appear Descalso will be a long-term option to replace Kozma, who still has manager Mike Matheny's support.

"You can’t complain for one second what we’ve seen (defensively) from Pete Kozma," Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "And we can’t forget either a lot of the big hits that he’s had. He was as productive as anybody in the league for a while from that No. 8 spot, which is not an easy place to hit."


Daniel Descalso raps a pair of hits


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2013) Cardinals shortstop Daniel Descalso knocked a pair of hits in Sunday's loss to Miami.

Descalso finished 2 for 4 with a run scored. He has been on fire since he posted a brutal .425 OPS in April; since the beginning of May, Descalso is hitting .364/.434/.636 over 76 plate appearances. He has started two of the last three games at shortstop for St. Louis.


Daniel Descalso still nothing special


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/7/2013) Daniel Descalso finished a triple short of the cycle Thursday, which is presumably why he's among the most viewed players in Fantasy. But of course, he's still Daniel Descalso, which is presumably why he's not among the most added.

For what it's worth, he has hit pretty well of late, batting .467 (14 for 30) with five doubles and two homers over his last 12 games, so maybe if he were to overtake Pete Kozma as the everyday shortstop in St. Louis, he'd be an OK addition in deep leagues. But the Cardinals have given no indication that they're thinking along those lines. In fact, Thursday was the first time they started Descalso in five games.

For a player with little speed and minimal power potential, one or two starts per week won't add up to much.


Daniel Descalso flirts with cycle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso launched his third home run of the season Thursday night against the Diamondbacks.

Descalso took starter Ian Kennedy deep for a two-run home run in the fourth inning. He fell a triple shy of the cycle as he finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 12-8 victory. He is hitting .274 with 20 RBI in 41 games played.

Daniel Descalso boosts average nearly 100 points


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso has three RBI in his first two June games. Since May 1, Descalso is batting .378 (17 for 45) with a .453 on-base percentage, .622 slugging percentage and 1.075 OPS in his last 19 games (11 starts).

He also has two home runs, five doubles, 11 runs and 14 RBI in that span. Descalso's batting average has gone from .164 to .260 in his last 19 games.


Daniel Descalso provides big punch


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2013) The Cardinals have had one of the league's better offenses over the last few years, but they received a big impact from an unlikely place Tuesday against the Padres.

Infielder Daniel Descalso reached base in all four of his plate appearances in the game, as he went 3 for 3 with a walk. He drove in five runs, with a grand slam and then an RBI double, to lead the Cardinals to a 10-2 win.

Descalso raised his batting average to .228 on the season, while hitting his second home run. He has 12 RBI in 30 games. 


Daniel Descalso shows off power


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2013) Cardinals second basemen Daniel Descalso showed off some of his power Saturday against the Brewers. Descalso, who came on as part of a double switch in the sixth inning, belted his first home run of the year in a 7-6 win.

He ripped the two-run shot off reliever Tom Gorzelanny in the seventh, which put St. Louis on top, 6-5.

Descalso walked in his other at-bat, finishing 1 for 1 with two RBI and a run scored.

Daniel Descalso loves facing the Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2013) Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso heads into a weekend series against the Brewers, a team against which he's hit .328/.379/.426 in 67 career plate appearances. His batting average and on-base percentage against the Brewers is tops among all National League teams he's faced.

Descalso will be looking to improve on his .250/.250/.357 season line in the favorable matchup.


Daniel Descalso racks up four hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2013) Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso had four hits in the team's loss to the Diamondbacks. 

Descalso went 4 for 7, hitting two doubles in the 16-inning game. He also scored two runs. Descalso was slated to lose his job to Matt Carpenter this spring, but an injury to David Freese has given Descalso a chance to perform. Once Freese is ready to play, Descalso could be replaced by Carpenter at second. 


Daniel Descalso to provide second helping


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso has earned a starting job after all -- at least for the beginning of the season. With regular third baseman David Freese set to open the season on the disabled list, St. Louis will move Matt Carpenter to the hot corner and give Descalso starting time at second base. Carpenter and Descalso have battled for the everyday job at second for most of the spring thanks to Descalso's improved production at the plate (.356 average and two home runs).

So conflicted: Matt Carpenter or Daniel Descalso?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/15/2013) Please, Daniel Descalso, won't you just go away?

The Cardinals are so close to naming Matt Carpenter their starter at second base -- with manager Mike Matheny recently saying he no longer sees him as a liability at the position -- that I'm pretty much to the point where I'm passing on every other second baseman in the draft (after Ben Zobrist goes off the board, anyway), knowing that I can grab Carpenter and his Martin Prado-like skill set late. It's just that Descalso -- that pesky little glove man who everybody knows brings almost nothing to the table offensively -- decided to hit a little himself this spring.

Both got two hits Friday against the Nationals, bringing Carpenter's batting average up to .417 and Descalso's up to .342. Again, I think it's a foregone conclusion who wins the job, but what if Carpenter slumps the last two weeks and Descalso doesn't? Would it make a difference to Matheny?

I don't know, but I'm going crazy wondering.


Heyman: Pete Kozma expected to start for Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the Cardinals are planning for infielder Pete Kozma to start at shortstop in Rafael Furcal's absence since Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter are both playing well battling for the starting second base job. Kozma is having a great spring, batting .382 (13 for 34) with two homers, three doubles, six runs and seven RBI in 11 spring games.

Descalso homers against Yanks


(3/7/2013) Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso hit his second home run of the spring on Thursday in the team's 7-6 win over the Yankees. He is now batting .360

Descalso has competition at 2B


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2013) Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso enters spring training as the incumbent at his position, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday. That said, Matt Carpenter, who is being transitioned to the position, will compete for the job during the spring as well. Carpenter is ahead of schedule in his switch to the position, but the team still feels Descalso has the better chance to win the everyday job. “Maybe it’s Descalso who will prevail," said coach Jose Oquendo. "And then, we have another weapon (Carpenter) we can use at that position. If it’s Carpenter, then we have a weapon in Descalso who can play second, can short and can play third. (Descalso) is a gamer and he’s a good teammate.”

Descalso leading at 2B


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2013) The Cardinals are expected to go into spring training with Daniel Descalso as the team's starting second baseman, according to GM John Mozeliak, reports FOX Sports Saturday. Descalso is also capable of playing third base but the second base job is his to lose.