St. Louis Cardinals have a surplus of outfield prospects


St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold wants to know wwho all these outfielders are.
Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty against the West during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Image Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Just as there is a surplus of pitching arms, there’s a surplus of outfielders. Unfortunately, it’s harder to find a position for outfielders than it is for pitchers upon reaching the big leagues. After Oscar Taveras in right field, there’s Stephen Piscotty in right field. Piscotty converted to the outfield from third base, the latter of which he only played 36 games for Quad Cities in 2012. Being able to play both positions could certainly aid Piscotty’s hopes of making the big league roster. That doesn’t mean it will happen but he’ll likely be promoted by the end of 2014.

Randal Grichuk, acquired with Peter Bourjos in the Dave Freese trade, is expected to be the everyday center fielder for the Memphis Redbirds.

Rafael Ortega is only the latest to join the logjam of outfielders, having been acquired off waivers from the Rangers.

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, recently voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, is being considered as a candidate to be the next team president of the Seattle Mariners. After a decade and a half of being associated with the Cardinals, it would certainly be strange to see him with a different franchise. For one, taking on the role of team president would likely prevent LaRussa from being there at the Cardinals home opener, where he would be paraded around with the other Cardinals in the Hall of Fame. It’s just food for thought. Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz shared his thoughts on the matter.