St. Louis Cardinals pinch hitter Randal Grichuk is congratulated by right fielder Stephen Piscotty for hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning in game two of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty have a lot in common. Both are 24; both put up impressive campaigns in limited time in 2015; and both keep being mentioned as potential trade chips. Because moving one of them in a trade may be the best way for the St. Louis Cardinals to maximize their value, I want to explore which young outfielder is better and has the better chance of succeeding in the future.
Before we begin, I want to make it clear that both are at least solid players and either or both could be more than that. I am by no means advocating trading either of them at this point, nor am I trying to say that one is clearly and inherently a better player than the other; I’m just trying to look at what we do know and what that likely means going forward. Now into the analysis.
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