At his age, I think he can handle playing most games.
That is something Alex needs to fix or his consistently high pitch counts will take a toll on him. He has great stuff and needs to trust it more.
Max had his cup of coffee. I would expect to see more of Edmundo Sosa in the near term after what he just showed. But, yes, Carpenter is on the clock and has been for some time now.
Nick Plummer has been quite the story this year. No thanks to injuries, the 23rd overall pick in 2015 failed to hit at the Class A and advanced Class A levels. COVID-19 wiped out his 2020 season and now he's enjoying a breakthrough against advanced Class AA competition. And if he keeps this up, sure, he could get a big league taste. The Cardinals will need to determine if merits a spot on the 40-man roster.
But his .820 OPS -- if he keeps it up, which is a massive if -- and Gold Glove fielding will play. Look around baseball. Not a lot of outfielders are meeting those levels.
O'Neill is a Gold Glove fielder with an .820 OPS for the moment. The Cardinals will be happy if that's the player he is. But, again, we have no idea if that's the case just yet.
I can't imagine anybody is complaining about the Kelly trade, since it yielded Paul Goldschmidt. And obviously Kelly wasn't going to play here any time soon. If peoplel want to whine about trades, while about the Marcell Ozuna trade. THAT turned into a disaster.
I imagine umpires look to see if the actual fingers reach the base (and stay on the base) and not just the sliding glove. But, yes, all players should wear those to protect their hand.
Today there is no need for a platoon. Might there be in July? Sure. And maybe it will be Nick Plummer time. (Probably not, but I could no resist closing that circle).
O'Neill's fielding metrics this year are not as good as last year's, but he is still on the plus side with his runs saved numbers. He is not as a good as Bader out there and neither is Carlson, but the combination of the three is impressive. Williams has potential, too, but his play out there has been uneven.
Sosa's range factors in the minors has been better than DeJong's range factors in the majors. But at the highest level DeJong has had a great fielding year (2019) while Sosa has seen very limited action at this level. Also, the use of extreme fielding shifts has made it harder to interpret the range factor.
One, we don't know how .280 in the minors would translate in the majors over the long haul. If the answer is .210, then no. This premise also assumes the Cardinals will upgrade another position to get a middle-of-the-order bat. So why not upgrade another position and keep DeJong as a No. 7 hitter?
True, but he has sure looked like a ballplayer the last two games. So he's worth a longer look while DeJong is out.
He has no-trade protection but not no-movement protection. So he can be exposed in the draft. I imagine Seattle would want significant compensaton to take on his salary and re-injury risk.
I imagine the addition of Nolan Arenado rendered that a moot point. Most fans are happy that Wong's lineup spot went to him,
I have Gallo on my fantasy baseball team, so I am well aware that he would not upgrade the Cardinals offense with how he is hitting this year.
Also let go: Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, Drew Robinson and Jeremy Hazelbaker as well as first basemen Luke Voit and Matt Adams (twice). So no.
Sure given the games left against teams like Detroit, Kansas City and Minnesota in addition lots more games against the Pirates.
He could upgrade the bench by trading from the pitching surplus, assuming he has one by mid-summer. Injuries could change all of that. But I don't see him trading either Zack Thompson or Matthew Liberatore (neither pitched in San Diego) for mere bench help.