Ranking the Ceilings of St. Louis Cardinals Outfielders

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Tyler O'Neill #41, Harrison Bader #48 and Dylan Carlson #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in game one of a doubleheader at PNC Park on September 18, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Tyler O'Neill #41, Harrison Bader #48 and Dylan Carlson #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in game one of a doubleheader at PNC Park on September 18, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Mar 22, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (3) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports /

Final Assessment

The Cardinals are in a fantastic spot with their young outfielders moving forward. O’Neill and Carlson both boast star potential, with O’Neill’s ceiling being that of an MVP and Carlson’s floor being extremely high. Bader has taken huge strides in his development, and if he can continue to do so, or maintain his current level of play, he is easily the best No. 3 outfielder in baseball. Nootbaar gives the club a dependable No. 4 outfielder when rest is needed for the big three or the injury bug hits, and guys like Juan Yepez, Alec Burleson, and Joshua Baez could fight for time in the near future as well.

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Who do you think has the highest ceiling out of the current Cardinal outfielders? How would you rank them? Who has the highest floor out of the bunch? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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