I'll get shredded for this, I'm sure, but Fowler does look better. His exit velocity is up, averaging better than any of the balls he hit last season. I'm not going to praise his defense, because he's an average -- at best -- outfielder. But his gait looks better. He looks physically stronger, both in stature and how he swings the bat. He's thrown out two baserunners, is active on the basepaths (when he gets there) and is backing up throws and doing some of the little things he abandoned last year. "Refreshed" is the word Mike Shildt used in a recent conversation. He's also clearly happier, and having that positive effect on his teammates we saw in 2017. Now, if he doesn't produce when games count, then all of those questions about how long the Cardinals can stick with him come back, but he's helped himself this spring, despite Grapefruit League batting numbers that don't impress.
Bader's offense remains the question. Everything else is good to go. He's added muscle but has not slowed as a result. He's going to have to hit pretty poorly -- and not get much offensive lift from the corner outfielders -- to be at risk of the Cardinals sacrificing his elite defense in CF.
Ouzna, to me, is the biggest question mark right now. His swings have not looked all that different to me from last season, but I'm told they do to some. His throws have improved, for sure, which is good news. But if he doesn't hit for power, that's a problem.