Predicting what the St. Louis Cardinals roster looks like in 2025

Ron 'Pop' Warner #75 congratulates Lars Nootbaar #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
Ron 'Pop' Warner #75 congratulates Lars Nootbaar #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images) /
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St. Louis Cardinals Tyler O'Neill and Lars Nootbaar
Tyler O’Neill #27 and Lars Nootbaar #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Cardinals 2025 Outfield

Outfielders (5) – Jordan Walker, Dylan Carlson, Tyler O’Neill, Lars Nootbaar, Joshua Baez

Like the infield before, the Cardinals have an extremely bright future in their outfield, and in 2025, it will be headlined by Jordan Walker.

Walker has cemented himself as one of the best prospects in all of baseball this season, and with his natural position of third base played by Arenado, he has been making his transition to the outfield as of late. He is the future face of the franchise and may even be the best player on the Cardinals by this point.

Alongside Walker is the Cardinals current outfield of Carlson, O’Neill, and Nootbaar. O’Neill may be the boldest pick on this list to remain a Cardinal in 2025, as he will be a free agent after the 2024 season and is a Scott Boras client. The thinking here is that with almost every other position on the diamond locked up long term and not many free agent outfielders more appealing than O’Neill, the Cardinals may be willing to extend him, even at a high price point.

Nootbaar and Carlson will be in their first and second years of arbitration, respectively, and could actually be platoon options for St. Louis. Nootbaar has crushed right-handed pitching this season and is earning his spot on the roster for 2023 and beyond, while Carlson has mashed against lefties but still has not figured out right handed pitching.

Joshua Baez is a name you may not be familiar with, but is impressing in his first minor league season so far. Baez boasts an elite arm with huge raw power, and could be breaking his way into the majors this season and fighting with the lines of Carlson, Nootbaar, and O’Neill for playing time.

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