St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Roster Preview
The St. Louis Cardinals went to work this offseason, and they upgraded their roster in a big way. St. Louis went out and traded for All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado boosting the Cardinals to be the projected National League Central division champions. Not only did Arenado boost the Cardinal’s odds of winning the division, but St. Louis also became a World Series contender. As things stand right now, the St. Louis Cardinals are the clear favorite to win the division and are expected to make some noise in the National League.
Let’s take a deep dive into the St. Louis Cardinals spring training roster!
Yadier Molina is a long-time Cardinal who recently re-signed after it was unclear if his future was going to be in St Louis. Molina gets the job done behind the plate and brings an average bat to the lineup for the Cardinals. Molina’s experience brings plenty of value to the Cardinals team.
The corner infielders for the Cardinals will be their strong suit in 2021. Paul Goldschmidt is one of the top first basemen in the league, and in 2020 he showed just that. Goldschmidt batted .304 with 58 hits, six home runs, and 21 RBI’s. Goldschmidt is one of the most consistent bats in the Cardinals lineup and should be among the team leaders in 2021.
Edman is yet another homegrown Cardinal that is taking over as a full-time starter. Edman did a good job reaching base in 2020 and is expected to take the next step in a much deeper Cardinals lineup.
In 2019 Dejong exploded as a power hitter for the Cardinals with 30 home runs. In 2020 Dejong took a step back, hitting only three home runs with 25 RBI’s. Dejong’s dropoff in home runs was surprising and should not happen again.
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Nolan Arenado and Matt Carpenter
The St. Louis Cardinals made a big splash this offseason acquiring Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies, adding him to the St. Louis Cardinals spring training roster, giving them one of the best if not the best third baseman in the league. Arenado batted a career-low .253 in 2020, but after joining a new team, Arenado is expected to return to his All-Star form in 2021. Arenado is going to be the full-time third baseman, with Matt Carpenter serving as a utility player who can play many different positions for St. Louis.
Tyler O’Neil, Dylan Carlson, and Harrison Bader
Dylan Carlson is expected to join Tyler O’Neil and Harrison Bader in the outfield for the Cardinals. St. Louis has a rather young outfield and will need them to contribute by getting on base and avoiding strikeouts. O’Neil and Bader need to increase their batting averages as they were low in 2020.
Jack Flaherty, Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Miles Mikolas and Kwang-Hyun-Kim
At this stage in the game, the St. Louis Cardinals have an experienced and deep starting rotation. Jack Flaherty is the clear No. 1 pitcher in this rotation, but Wainwright has been here for a while, and even Carlos Martinez has been pitching for St. Louis for some time. With run support from the Cardinal’s offense, the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching staff can be dangerous this year.
Alex Reyes Jordan Hicks and Andrew Miller
The St. Louis Cardinals have a very good bullpen loaded with players that can throw heat. In 2020 the Cardinals battled major injuries in the bullpen with Hicks undergoing Tommy John surgery, but they are expected to be healthy and ready to go in 2021. Andrew Miller is a veteran arm in the bullpen who is among those untouchable relievers in the game when he is at his best.
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