Has anyone else become completely addicted to Facebook Live and Twitter feeds from Jupiter? I’ve watched several rounds of batting practice and almost daily videos of the team taking infield. It’s amazing to see the competitions play out in real-time.
We are now five days into full squad workouts and things have slowly started to become more clear. It didn’t take me long to realize that third base was a loaded competition. Every time infield has been broadcast, Jhonny Peralta was the only player manning third base, while Jedd Gyorko and Kolten Wong shared the reps at second.
It makes sense really and I shouldn’t be surprised. Gyorko offers some positional flexibility where as Peralta offers close to zero. The Cardinals are hoping a trimmed down Peralta has added enough flexibility to be the main third baseman and use Gyorko as intended last season, a super utility bat without a set position.
Peralta wasn’t the most notable Cardinal to come into camp in great shape. Matt Adams has lost close to 40 pounds and is aiming to make to positional battles much more interesting. With Matt Carpenter penciled in to receive the majority of first base at bats, I’m very curious to see what happens if Adams were to hit his way into everyday lineup conversation. Would Matt Carpenter be forced into the third base competitions with Peralta and Gyorko?
Will Trevor Rosenthal be in the competition for a rotation spot?
Following the Alex Reyes injury, most of the replacement talked circled around Micheal Wacha. I’m not certain it wasn’t Wachas’ job to lose in the first place. But another interesting point was brought up with the career long wishes of Trevor Rosenthal to return as a starter. Without the Spring rotation lined up, it’s difficult to get a pulse on what they expect to see out of Rosenthal.
It makes sense to stretch out Rosenthal for multiple innings, but taking him out of the bullpen could leave them dangerously short of a power arm. Especially if this Kevin Siegrist delay isn’t just a stiff shoulder. The addition of Brett Cecil and keeping Rosenthal available for bullpen innings, I think this will be the strength of the team.
Dexter Fowler is winning over a fan base.
Lets not let the words from some buffoons dampen the fact that Dexter Fowler has done everything right to this point. I realize that what he does on the field will supersede what happens off of it, but there is no doubt he has a brought a looseness much-needed for a stagnant clubhouse last year. That was very evident from the first images out of camp.
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