Why Jason Heyward Shouldn’t Be Limited
Jason Heyward was by far the biggest offseason acquisition for the St Louis Cardinals. While his lineup spot is still somewhat in question it is pretty well set in stone his position will be right field. In terms of position and lineup spot I think it would be beneficial for the Cardinals to try him out in different spots. He could fit anywhere in the outfield and so many different places in the lineup.
As two gold gloves in five seasons could tell you, you could put Heyward about anywhere in the outfield and he could excel at his position. He could also fit in many different places in the lineup. Heyward was out due to injury for a good amount of time in 2011 and 2013 and still averages 15 stolen bases a season so he could easily fit in the leadoff spot. He could be a good option in the three spot with a solid career batting average of .262. Along with his speed and contact hitting, he’s also a decent power hitter averaging 20 home runs per season.
Jason Heyward’s potential is only limited by himself, he’s already got an impressive resume at just 25 years old. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 2010, is a two time gold glover, and also a former All Star. He leaves a lot of promise for Cardinal Nation. So far his career has been special and I don’t see that changing any time soon. The best thing the Cardinals can do is to keep his options open.