2015 Cardinals Position Players To Watch

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Mar 6, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Cody Stanley (80) walks into the dugout prior to a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

5. Cody Stanley

Stanley a catcher is here on this list because this will be his first season in AAA and Stanley like Ty Kelly, Dean Anna, and Tommy Pham is an older minor league player. The intriguing part here is that with the light competition at the backup C role if Stanley can prove he can hit in AAA he could find himself on the bench in STL later in the season. Last season in his first full season in AA Stanley hit .283 with 30 XBH (12 HR) and 43 RBI. A really solid season for someone who has struggled with consistency. If Tony Cruz continues to not perform offensively as the backup C then there is the slight possibility that Stanley could come up to take over the backup role. Time is not on Stanley’s side coming into the season at the age of 26. Which I believe is more reason to consider him having an impact on the big club this season or next.

These are my top five position players to look out for this coming season. However, there are many more I could have listed that will have solid seasons but these are the few that I believe will be integral to the organization this year and in the future. Stay tuned for my next post detailing my five pitchers to watch this season.