Sep 24, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Stephen Piscotty (55) is congratulated by Randal Grichuk as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Who do we keep?
Now back to the real question: who do we keep? It’s hard to see Grichuk as a really phenomenal player, and it’s really easy to see him as a bust, but with every passing day he keeps proving that he can do the impossible.
Maybe he’s just a new kind of player we’ve never seen before: someone who hits the ball so hard that he’s able to be valuable even without a high walk rate. I’ve been crying wolf on Grichuk for two years, and he keeps proving me wrong. It gets harder and harder to write his production off as a fluke.
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On the other hand, I don’t see Stephen Piscotty busting. He may not be as a superstar, but he should be more than good enough to hang on to a starting position for quite a few years. That said, if his power isn’t real, he could be closer to good than great, and Grichuk may exceed him in production.
If it were up to me, I’d take the safe route and stick with Piscotty. I think that Grichuk’s trade value right now is as high as it may ever be, and I think the potential for him to bust is simply too great to take him over Piscotty. It’s close though, and it would be a tough choice to make if I were steering the St. Louis Cardinals through this off season. What would you do?