photo: Arquimedes Gamboa (Bryan Green/Flickr)
On Monday, February 6, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa to a minor league contract for the 2023 season. No big-league spring training camp invitation was mentioned.
Gamboa, 25, appeared in 82 games with San Francisco’s Triple-A affiliate in 2022 after spending seven years in the Phillies system.
Last season, he made 296 plate appearances for Sacramento and slashed .239/.337/.349/.686. Though he is a switch-hitter, his OPS against lefties was a terrible .480, but was 300 points better vs. right-handers, at .785.
In his minor league career totaling 577 games, the native of Venezuela has slashed .219/.311/.326/.627. Prior to the 2018 season, then at High-A, Gamboa was Baseball Prospectus’ 92nd-ranked prospect in MLB.
He spent 2019 and 2020 on the Phillies’ 40-man roster but was outrighted that fall. Gamboa has never appeared in the majors. Defensively, he can also play center field and second base.
At The Cardinal Nation, Gamboa has been placed on the Triple-A Memphis roster. Other middle infielders expected to be on the 2023 Redbirds include Kramer Robertson, 40-man roster member Jose Fermin, another newcomer, Juniel Querecuto, plus TCN #2 prospect Masyn Winn.
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