Every day that passes makes me more concerned about the prospects of Ryan Theriot being the Cardinals everyday shortstop.
Theriot has been brutal at the plate since the start of spring training, hitting .167 in both Grapefruit League action and in games that count. He hasn't scored, hasn't had an extra base hit and his only RBI came on a bleeder that somehow snuck through the right side of the Padres infield.
But he's been worse in the field, showing no range and poor hands. It's not just me that thinks so. Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal said one major league scout offered this assessment of Theriot's range: He "can't move."
Maybe the other St. Louis players didn't care for Brendan Ryan's personality. But I don't care how much of a nice guy Theriot is, if he can't field a ball that isn't hit right at him, he's not a major league starting shortstop.
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