Things are looking great for the up and rising Cardinal Rookie Harrison Bader. First of all Bader will be joining the Glendale Desert Dogs for this years Arizona Fall League. Bader was a third-round draft pick just last June, and had to delay his Cardinals debut because his Florida Gators were in the College World Series. After a short-season pit stop in State College (Pa.), he played the final 54 games with Low-A Peoria (Ill.) of the Midwest League.
He hit .301 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in Peoria, then joined Peoria teammate and roommate Paul DeJong in skipping High-A entirely, opening 2016 in Springfield. This is a path that has historically worked out for St. Louis Cardinals fans — Kolten Wong, Matt Adams and Oscar Taveras did the same thing before reaching the big leagues. You could make the case that playing at a big-time, marquee program like Florida helped make the jump an easier one for Bader.
Lately there has been a lot of talk of Bader joining the Cardinals in 2017. John Mozeliak admitted there may a change in plans.
“I think we’ll be forced to make a tough decision in the second half of the season with what we do,” Mozeliak said. “He’s obviously having a lot of success at the plate. He’s doing well defensively. He’s an interesting player in the sense that he oozes confidence.”
Is it possible that Bader will take over Matt Holiday’s position next year? The Cardinals will have to make some hard decisions this off season regarding our beloved left fielder Matt Holiday. I know he always talks about retiring as a Cardinal when his career ends
Let’s check out Harrison Bader’s scouting report……he has shown average to above-average tools across the board as a pro, jumping on the fast track and reaching Triple-A in his first full season. He projects to be a Major League average hitter, if not above-average, with a good approach at the plate, to go along with average power. While he possesses a tick above average speed, he showed excellent instincts on the base paths and better range in the outfield than anticipated. A left fielder at Florida because of Buddy Reed, Bader has played all three outfield spots as a pro, but he has the chance to stay in center field long term.
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