Looking Forward To Spring Training – St. Louis Cardinals
As the reigning National League Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals have a lot to live up to come Spring Training.
During the off-season they had a few key changes.
Chris Carpenter announced his retirement in November, and will be joining the St. Louis front office in an unspecified role
Already the Cards look like they could make another run at a World Series title this year. Though the team hasn’t changed much, there’s still a lot to look forward to in the few changes they have made and the familiar faces we will see in a few weeks.
Bourjos will provide them with a great defensive center fielder. After a season ending wrist fracture last year, Bourjos should be looking forward to proving his abilities to his new team. With Carpenter retiring, the Cardinals have the opportunity to look at some of their younger arms throughout Spring Training and allow Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, and Lance Lynn to come into their own.
Speaking of Wainwright, his dominance in 2013 (19-9; 2.94 ERA) should continue into 2014. His hard work last year successfully proved that his Tommy John surgery wasn’t a career ender. At 276 and ⅔ innings pitched last year, he hopefully will have a lighter workload this year.
With Freese’s departure, Matt Carpenter moves over to third base. Carpenter spent much of 2012 at second base where he nabbed a .985 fielding percentage, with 9 errors. He did spend part of 2012 at third base (42 games) receiving a .958 fielding percentage with 3 errors. Having spent most of his time in the minors at third, and it should be interesting to see how he adjusts back to the hot corner full-time.
Come February, we will also be looking at 18 non-roster invitees at the camp. Ed Easley from Triple-A Reno (Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple A team), will be joining the team. Last year he dominated the Pacific Coast League in caught stealing at 36 pct. He also batted a respectable .334 (a career-high).