Randal Grichuk appears to be legit in centerfield for Cardinals

Posted by Scott Wuerz on April 29, 2014 

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to have a legitimate centerfielder candidate on their hands with rookie call-up Randal Grichuk.

While the former Anaheim Angels prospect has spent some time in center, he's moved around in the outfield over the course of his minor league career. Like St. Louis' top youngster, Oscar Taveras, Grichuk was a guy described as someone who COULD play center although it probably wasn't his best position.

But in his first MLB start Tuesday, Grichuk looked smooth in center. He made a couple of ranging catches and was fundamentally sound in getting his momentum coming forward when he had to make a catch and then make a throw. He did miss the cut-off man. But at least the throw was on line and made it to third base to prevent the runner from moving up.

It seems that Grichuk has the range to play center and could have a long term future there. And that's a good thing because with Matt Holliday and Allen Craig currently holding down the fort in the outfield corners and Stephen Piscotty and Taveras waiting in the wings for a chance to play those positions, it's likely if Grichuk is going to become a fixture in St. Louis that it's going to be in center.

And the Cardinals could use an offensive boost there. Lately Jon Jay has been struggling to produce at the plate and Peter Bourjos, acquired in trade with Grichuk, hasn't been able to hit his weight.

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