How will the middle infield shake out?
Going into the offseason, many Cardinal fans had hopes of getting one of the big name shortstops like Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, and Marcus Semien. Instead, the club decided to roll out the trio of Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, and Edmundo Sosa once again in 2022.
While this was a frustrating decision for many, the Cardinals want to see if DeJong can regain his All-Star form, if Edman can maintain his Gold Glove play and be a productive bat, or if Sosa can be the spark needed at either position. If two of these guys can rise to the occasion, the Cardinals will be in great shape.
If Edman’s Spring Training struggles continue into the season, Marmol may be quick to turn to Sosa or highly touted prospect Nolan Gorman to fill his everyday spot at second base. With Edman’s versatility though, a slow start from DeJong could force the club to move Edman to shortstop and allow Gorman’s bat to flourish at second base.
There is a good chance that the middle of the infield is not set in stone all season long. Depending on who has the hot hand, there may be stretches where a different guy is entrenched at shortstop or second, and there could even be a platoon or two that develop at some point. If the Cardinals find success in the middle of the infield though, that should be a good sign for the club’s chances.