St. Louis Cardinals: Top 10 Prospects

5. Randal Grichuk, 23

It is hard for me to believe that Grichuk is still just 23-years old as he was in the major league mix for most of the 2014 season. Little did we know last November, Grichuk would outperform Peter Bourjos when the two were acquired from the Angels for David Freese and Fernando Salas. Grichuk had 116 plate appearances in 2014, 14 shy of losing his rookie eligibility. Grichuk hit .245/.278/.400 during his time in St. Louis while hitting .259/.311/.493 over 472 plate appearances at Triple-A Memphis. As Cardinals fans saw, Grichuk can play left field and center field at an above average rate. His weaknesses on offense include a lower on base percentage and a higher strike out rate. I am probably not as high on Grichuk as others and think he probably ends up as the fourth outfielder. For 2015, Grichuk will be a reserve outfielder who could see some starts in center if Jon Jayis not producing or if he is traded. What Grichuk brings to the table, that would be a huge benefit, is his power potential, a tool that is lacking in the Cardinals line-up.

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