St. Louis Cardinals: It is almost time to see Max Schrock
By Trevor Hooth
Before the season, the St. Louis Cardinals made the classy move to trade Stephen Piscotty to Oakland. In return, Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock are now in the Redbird organization.
Yairo Munoz is up with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Max Schrock is playing in Memphis. With the lack of offensive production from the second base position, a chance might open up for Schrock. The defensive production from Kolten Wong, however, might take that chance away.
Schrock is the Cardinals number six prospect. He is also number eight among second base prospects. St. Louis could really have something here. All it takes is for a spot to open up, but that could be tricky.
Welcome To The Redbirds
The Cardinals are Shrock’s third team since being drafted in 2015. The Washington Nationals selected him in the 13th round. He was then sent to Oakland in a deal that sent former Cardinal Marc Rzepczynski to the Nats. From there, Schrock found his way to St. Louis.
During his organizational debut, Schrock is hitting .279. What impresses most about him is that in 79 games, he has struck out 23 times. He has also flashed some gap power, hitting 16 doubles. As his grades show, the homerun power is not there with three longballs.
Profiling Max Schrock
The newest Cardinal infield prospect is a well rounded player. Three of his grades are 50 or higher, and the other two are under. Right now, his best tool his hit tool at 55. Though his 5’8″ and 180 pound frame does not suggest the most power, as shown by his 40 hit tool. If the glove is the important part of the second base plan, Schrock profiles as an average fielder.
The 23 year old infielder has the potential to become an everyday player for the Cardinals. Schrock does have the skill set with the glove to be a tick above average at his best, but his bat is his calling card. That could be a refreshing change of pace.
Kolten Wong has a hold on the starting second base job. With his defensive play this season, he is making a strong case to keep it. Though a .218 batting average is not doing anything to add to the case. Schrock might provide some offense.
It comes down to what the St. Louis Cardinals want from the position. If they want a glove, Wong is the better option. But if they want a better bat, Schrock has the potential to be the best option at the plate.
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Moving Wong might be difficult, but it will clear room for a new second baseman to take over. Schrock might not become a superstar infielder, however, he could provide production on both sides of the ball. That is not something that can be said in the current situation.