Cardinals Spring Training 12 in 12, Part 1: Who’s On Second?

Posted: February 21, 2012 by The Cheap Seat Fan in MLB
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12 in 12. It’s the for this upcoming season of St. Louis , one that is now un-officially (yet still officially) underway. is in motion in Jupiter, Florida and the road for the defending Champions has the first few steps taken on it by the . Soon the full assortment of positional players will also be in action, and the effort to follow up last year’s magical 11th championship with a 12th one will be completely underway.

However, things are undeniably different this year, yet still the still the same. There are still position battles to play out, rehab projects to engage in, young players to evaluate and internal competition to hash out before taking it across the league.

Basically, business is still business and over the next few weeks here, I’ll be breaking down 12 issues & topics that are surrounding the team as they enter their first season as defending champions since 2007.

In the first entry today, we’ll take a look at the biggest facing the team currently: who’s on second? For a few years now, there has been a revolving door at the second base position; a spot that hasn’t had a definite owner in more than … years. Now, once again, the position is up for grabs and there are three contenders entering a scrap the top seed at the position.

What does each bring to the spot, and what works both in, and against, them in landing the only open spot on the roster? Let’s dig into this a bit deeper

CANDIDATE: (.264/1/28/20 doubles in 2011)

Descalso showed he can spark the club as a fill in a year ago, and has a chance for much more on the horizon.

In his favor: He’s shown steady improvement at the position, as well as proven he can contribute on a daily basis. There’s a lot of value in a player like Descalso, who isn’t exactly “scrappy”, but….

 

For the rest of this article, including the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate vying for the opening at second, as well as my take on who’s the best fit, head over to St. Louis Sports 360 here: http://stlouissports360.com/cardinals-spring-12-in-12-part-1-whos-on-second/

 

And for everything else as it develops, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.

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