St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Edman is an under-the-radar five tool player and proved to be more valuable in 2022 than Carlos Correa.
St. Louis Cardinals utility man Tommy Edman played a major role with the team the past couple seasons. His value is sometimes tough to calculate because he does so many different things for the team. He is not your prototypical five tool player because he does not possess the elite arm strength or power bat like a Mike Trout, however his skills are very useful in all five facets of the game and because he can do so many things his value accumulates well.
Tommy Edman has three areas that provide a unique set of skills that add up to most of his value. The first of those areas is his defense. Sure, he has a Gold Glove in his trophy room at home, but I feel he still does not get his full recognition. His versatility to morph to any unique set of lineup card creates flexibility that is unmatched to almost any other player in the game. His second area of speed helps him defensively but can make opposing pitchers fearful while he is on the basepaths. Lastly, his hitting, although much more of a use of bat to ball skills, creates runs in a variety of manners. Tommy Triples, that is right!
In the final portion of this article, I will dive into the actual monetary value of his skills and provide a deeper understanding of the true bargain that the Cardinals have in Tommy Edman. Even though applying any sort of value to a player is tough and somewhat relative to team needs, I will attempt to find a final total value the Cardinals receive for his services. By the end of this, I will show you that Tommy Edman is worth more than Carlos Correa.