According to Derrick Goold there will be a competition for the third base job. I know just by looking at last years batting stats it should go to Gyrko. He blasted 30 home runs with with 59 RBIs. His line was .306/.495/.243. He also split time fairly evenly between second base and the hot corner in 2016, but the club wants to give Kolten Wong another chance to prove himself worthy of being their daily option at second. However, Gyorko blasted 30 home runs over 125 games in 2016, so St. Louis will make an effort to keep his bat in the lineup. To do so, he’ll get more reps at third base, but will share the spot with Jhonny Peralta in some capacity.
Peralta was far less productive than Gyorko in 2016, when he batted .260/307/.408 with eight homers in 313 plate appearances, but a hand injury may have been a key reason for the normally steady contributor’s drop-off. “My hope is that he is 100 percent,” GM John Mozeliak said of Peralta, who’s going into a contract year. “My hope is that he has a little spring in his step. And my hope is that he can either give us a lot of flexibility in the infield or be our anchor at third. He’s one guy who has the ability to hit home runs and hit with power.” Ultimately, despite both Gyorko’s output last season and Mozeliak’s optimism regarding Peralta, Matt Carpenter could see more time at third than either of them if first baseman Matt Adams reemerges as a quality performer this year, posits Goold. For now, Carpenter is penciled in as the Cardinals’ starter at first.
Source: Derrick Goold