John Gall Joins Club in St. Louis

"Big Bad" John Gall

The St. Louis Cardinals call up the two-time former organizational Minor League Player of the Year to the majors and add him to the 25 man roster. How long he gets to stick with the club, could depend on outfield Larry Bigbie who is on a rehap assignment at Memphis.

The Cardinals recalled outfielder John Gall from Triple-A Memphis Friday, to replace reliever Ricardo Rinconon the roster, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder impingement and left rotator cuff tendonitis. Gall was batting .383 (31-81), 5th-best in the Pacific Coast League, with a home runs and 14 RBI in 20 games for the Redbirds. His 31 hits rank T-2nd in the PCL.

Gall selected in the 11th round of the June 2000 free-agent draft, signed with the Cardinals on June the 22nd and played his first professional season with the New Jersey Cardinals.

In 77 games in his first season, Gall played first, third and was the designated hitter. He is now considered basically a corner outfielder.

Gall came to the attention of most Cardinal fans in 2002, when the Cardinals named him as the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year.

Spending the entire 2002 season at Double-A New Haven, starting games at third, first and in left, Gall led the Eastern League in hits (166), doubles (45), extra-base hits (68) and total bases.

His stock as a prospect continued to rise, as the Cardinals named him the organizational Player of the Year for a second straight season in 2003.

Gall hit a combined .314 with 19 homers and 85 RBI between Tennessee (AA) and Memphis (AAA).

Gall hit a career-high 22 home runs at Triple-A Memphis in 2004, hitting .292 and driving in 84 RBI.

He made his Major League debut in July last season, when Larry Walker was placed on the DL and doubled in his first at bat against former St. Louis Cardinal, Woody Williams.

With St. Louis, John batted .357 (5-14) in the pinch with one home run and three RBI. Cardinal Manager Tony La Russa showed his confidence in the young slugger, by adding him to the post season roster.

In his first Major League postseason experience he had one pinch at-bat in Game 2 in the Division Series and did not appear in the League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.

How long Gall's gets to stick on the major league roster this season, could hinge on the return of outfielder Larry Bigbie, who is currently on a re-hab assignment with Triple-A Memphis.

When Bigbie returns, it is likely that Gall or rookie outfielder, Skip Schumaker will make the trip back to Memphis.

There is a very good chance that Gall could stick with the club and for the Cardinal fans who have been waiting for nearly four seasons to see his bat in the lineup or off the bench, that is good news.

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