St. Louis Cardinals answer Spring Training questions


The questions that everybody had for the St. Louis Cardinals as Spring Training was starting in early February seem to be answered. Most of them, anyway.
Mar 11, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty (91) hits an rbi double against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 9-8. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
The only one that seems to be up in the air will be who gets promoted first from AAA Memphis and will it they be an everyday player when that happens? We don’t know whether it will be highly touted prospect Oscar Taveras or the rising Stephen Piscotty. Piscotty, the supplemental first round draft pick in 2012 out of Stanford, shined during the Arizona Fall League in 2013 and started right where he left off this spring.

Did Piscotty leapfrog over Taveras on the depth chart in the organization? I don’t know. Will Taveras ever be the same player that he was before he was injured in 2013? I don’t know. He was never fully 100% this spring.

Some questions were answered for the Cardinals:

"Rookie Kolten Wong seized his chance to be an everyday player. Stephen Piscotty pulled a Michael Wacha and left such a favorable impression that he could be on speed dial. The Cardinals got solid springs from newcomers (Peter Bourjos) and new starters (Matt Adams), and had uncertainty emerge in the bullpen."

Other questions remain unanswered such as the final bullpen spot. Will Lance Lynn have his third annual second-half breakdown? Will Carlos Martinez slide into the rotation?

Between Piscotty and Xavier Scruggs, the Cardinals could have some right-handed power bats sitting on the bench later this season.

Manager Mike Matheny, who fought for Wacha to make the club out of spring training last year, doesn’t see the room for Piscotty right now but was left very impressed by what he saw this spring.

"“Obviously, there’s not a fit for Stephen right now, but I would say that’s the only difference,” Matheny said. “We have an outfield that has some very talented players. But the way Stephen … showcased himself, it’s very similar (to Wacha).“A lot like Michael, there’s a maturity to him. There’s a professional approach not just to at-bats in a game but in life. He seems very focused on wanting to make the most of this and he’s made a very good impression.”"

The Stanford product hit .342 this spring. When he does get promoted, I expect that Adams will have some days off at first so that Allen Craig can cover first base while Piscotty starts in right field.