Option 4: Brendan Donovan
Since demoting Paul DeJong, rookie Brendan Donovan has received the majority of the starts at shortstop, and has been nothing short of exceptional in this small sample size.
Called up to the major league club on April 28th, Donovan has proven to be not only a legit utility option for the club, but is now making his case to be the everyday shortstop for this Cardinal ballclub. Donovan has slashed .318/.444/.591 thus far, and has been one of the few bright spots in a lineup that seems to be slumping right now. Donovan looks like he belongs both at the plate and in the field, and if his production continues, it will be hard to keep him out of the lineup.
If the Cardinals opt to use Donovan as their primary shortstop, you may seen Nolan Gorman spilt time between DH with Juan Yepez and 2nd base with Tommy Edman once he receives his call up. Edman or Sosa could get playing time at short with Donovan is in need of an off day.
It seems more likely that Donovan has earned himself a spot on the roster as the super utility option for St. Louis, slotting in at almost any position when someone needs an off day and providing an excellent bat off the bench. But don’t be surprised if the Cardinals allow him to run with the shortstop job for the time being.