Cardinals’ Outfield

Hayden See, Reporter

Heading into 2020, some uncertainty surrounds the Cardinals.

In the forefront is their struggles in the National League Championship series. In that series Paul Goldschmidt did not record a single hit. He was their most deadly hitter during the regular season (based on wRC+), but went silent in the biggest spot. As did Carlos Martinez, who nearly cost the Cardinals an NLCS berth with a troubling NLDS. There are a myriad of ways the front office can go about improving the 25-man roster.

“The NLCS was embarrassing to watch,” senior Blake Haffer said.

The crowded outfield is another point of discussion. With 2020 coming up, not much is certain as it pertains to the outfield. The only thing concrete is Dexter Fowler being involved. Besides that, there is any number of ways things could go. Many outfielders are in play to make the 2020 opening day roster. 

“There are so many scenarios this could play out as,” senior Harrison Riebow said.

Harrison Bader seems to be at the forefront, as the team values his defensive ability, and top prospect Dylan Carlson will no doubt get a shot to crack the roster out of Spring Training. Other possibilities are Tommy Edman, who could shift to the outfield if Carpenter has a bounceback season and returns to third base. Outfield prospects Randy Arozarena and Justin WIlliams also have a shot.

“Harrison Bader is incredible to watch. I hope he gets a spot,” senior Sophia Giltner said.

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