After a short time at the Alternate Training Site, Dylan Carlson is back with the St. Louis Cardinals and they need him to contribute.
In 74 at-bats, Carlson hit just .162 with a 26 wRC+. He was facing more offspeed pitches than normal when a rookie comes up, but he overall looked like he needed more seasoning.
After being down with the Alternate Training Site for just 10 days, Carlson is back.
It all comes down to the mental side of things for Carlson. We have all seen the AA highlights from 2019 and we saw flashes of it during his first stint. I’m willing to bet good money that Carlson is going to benefit from that struggle more than be hurt by it.
Of course, the Cardinals are going to get back on board with getting Carlson all the at-bats they can. When he was sent down the first time, the main reason cited was that he was not getting regular at-bats anymore.
At the time that Carlson was first sent down, it was a clear message to the remaining outfielders that this was their chance to grab a spot. If you haven’t noticed, nobody has done that.
Now Carlson gets another shot to try and help the team. We all know they could use a spark.
There are 12 games left, and while Carlson isn’t in the lineup for the first game on Friday, we may seem him in game two.
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