Stephen Cardullo

Position: 2B
Born: 8/31/1987
Height: 6'0
Weight: 200
B/T: R/L
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on January 6, 2016 (COL). Originally drafted in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ARI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: .308 with 17 homers and 72 RBIs along with 26 doubles in 115 games at Albuquerque (Triple-A), posting a .522 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Albuquerque August 26 when INF Ben Paulsen was sent down and RHP Scott Oberg was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 8/26/2016

Debut Details
August 26, in an 8-5 loss to the Nationals. The starting first baseman, he batted second and went 0-for-3 with a walk. In his at-bat against Gio Gonzalez, batting in the first inning with one out, he lined out to center field on a 2-0 count. He struck out swinging with two outs in the third inning. He drew a leadoff walk in the fifth but was erased on a double play hit into by Carlos Gonzalez. In the eighth, with two out and one on, he flew out to center field.

Player Notes
Cardullo’s story is the kind we just love here at “Les Debs.” So, you’ve never heard of him? Here’s why. After being a heralded starter at Florida State, he played in just 20 games at Missoula (Short-Season A) in 2010, hitting only .172, he returned to Missoula in 2011 and got the job done, hitting .288 with 10 homers, 14 doubles and 38 RBIs for a .525 SLG in 61 games in 2011 before being released at season’s end. The next four season were spent in the lower rungs of the independent leagues, where he played in the Frontier League in 2012 and then with the Rockland Boulders of the Canadian-American Association from 2013 through 2015. He batted .331 with nine homers, 76 RBIs and 23 steals in 93 games there in 2015 and caught the eye of the Rockies, who signed him to a minor league contract during that offseason. So, his 2016 campaign at Albuquerque was, in essence, the first time he’d ever played for an affiliated full-season team. Ever. And Rockies writers can’t be blamed for summing up his pre-season chances of having a big-league impact in ’16 as … well, nil. None. Not at all. Non-existent. And yet… here he is.