Jul 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; National League outfielder Matt Holliday (7) of the St. Louis Cardinals during workout day the day before the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Who’s down on the farm?
As we take a look at some of the possible internal candidates that could jump in and fill the role of the missing Matt Holliday. To name a few possible candidates for the outfield position other than previously mentioned Charlie Tilson and Anthony Garcia are several intriguing prospects: Magneuris Sierra and Nick Plummer.
Start out with Sierra, the 19 year-old left hitting outfielder from the Dominican reminds me of what could have been a possible star Oscar Taveras, God rest his soul. Taveras debuted at #8 on John Sickels’ Top 20 Cardinals list and Sierra debuts this year at #9.
The tools however, are a little different from that of Taveras. Sierra isn’t as big as Oscar was and won’t likely ever have Taveras’ plus raw power either. What he lacks in those, he makes up defensively and with his plus speed.
Sierra though will bulk up within the next couple of seasons which could change things for him with the bat, being mostly compared to that of a Carlos Gomez/Angel Pagan type of player.
The next option other than Sierra will be first round draft pick Nick Plummer. If I had to compare the young athlete to a former player, I would have to say that he most likely matches up to that of a J.D. Drew.
Nick Plummer is one of the best hitting prospects in the 2015 MLB Draft. He is limited defensively in left field, however he does have a short, compact swing with a line drive approach. He is solidly build so the power should play to at least average down the line. He runs well and should be an asset in left field. He is currently ranked #10 in the Cardinals farm system.