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State College Spikes see Bader promoted after week with team

Harrison Bader’s stay in State College lasted just seven games.

The outfielder was promoted to Single-A Peoria on Tuesday after hitting .379 with two home runs and four RBIs for the Spikes. The Bronxville, N.Y., native made his professional debut a week earlier, hitting two home runs with family and friends in attendance for State College’s 5-3 loss at Staten Island.

Bader was the St. Louis Cardinals’ third-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and immediately impressed Spikes manager Johnny Rodriguez.

“To me, he’s not a third-rounder,” Rodriguez said last Wednesday. “He’s not a third-rounder. If I would have been a scout, I’d take him late first round, second round. I’m not going to say he’s (Los Angeles Angels star) Mike Trout, OK. Don’t get me wrong. But I’m just saying that is a great pick in the third round, and I think a lot of people missed on him.”

Bader joined the Spikes after finishing his career with Florida at the College World Series and recorded two hits in five of his seven games with State College. He went 2 for 5 with a double in his final game in a State College uniform in the Spikes’ 9-7 win over Auburn on Monday.

Rodriguez said Bader has the potential to start in left or right field in the major leagues.

“I would say right now, unless he gets hurt, he’s got a chance to play in the big leagues,” Rodriguez said. “But he can run, he can throw, he’s strong and he’s smart.”

State College had the day off Tuesday and begins a three-game series against Connecticut at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The Spikes received outfielder Orlando Olivera from the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals on Tuesday. Olivera hit .318 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 10 games with the GCL Cardinals. He was the Cardinals’ 38th-round pick out of Missouri Baptist.

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