Acquired: Re-signed as a minor league free agent December 4, 2015 (STL). Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|2015 SEASON STATS: Combined to hit .313 between Tulsa (Double-A/Dodgers), Springfield (Double-A/Cardinals) and Memphis (Triple-A/Cardinals) with 13 HRs, 68 RBIs, 24 SBs, 25 doubles and 12 triples for a .531 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Already on the 40-man roster, he made the club out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 4/3/2016
|April 3, in a 4-1 loss to the Pirates. Pinch-hitting for RHP Adam Wainwright in the seventh inning, he was called out on strikes.|
|Hazelbaker led the Cardinals system in 2015 in BA, OBP and SLG after signing with the club in May, He holds the honor of officially being the first player to make his MLB debut in 2016, beating out teammate and relief pitcher Seung Hwan Oh by just a few minutes as Oh came on in the bottom of the inning. He didn’t have to wait too long for his first hit, doubling the next night as a pinch-hitter for RHP Jonathan Broxton. Hazelbaker made the most of starts in the two ensuing games on April 6th and 8th, with solo HRs in each contest. After coming up through the Red Sox’ farm system, Hazelbaker was dealt to the Dodgers in October 2013 and he spent just over a full season with them before being released May 1, 2015. He declared for minor league free agency this past November, but re-upped with St. Louis in December. His 2015 numbers are a vast improvement over his 2014 performance when he hit just .244 between Chattanooga (Double-A/Dodgers) and Albuquerque (Triple-A/Dodgers) with 8 HRs, 44 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.|