ST. LOUIS — Tommy Edman laughed at the concept that there may be a transitional duration if he ends up being the Cardinals daily shortstop considering his history at the position.
Edman played shortstop throughout his college profession at Stanford, and he’s hung around at the position in 16 video games at the MLB level. Secondly, Edman — a Gold Glove 2nd baseman — currently seems like something of a quasi-shortstop with all the brand-new placing given baseball by the introduction of spray charts and analytics. Playing in many shifts is why Edman regularly takes ground balls on the shortstop side of 2nd base in between innings.
“[On Tuesday night], I think I fielded three ground balls pretty much from the shortstop position,” stated Edman, who had a single, 2 RBIs and a run scored in the Cardinals 10-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday.
“With the righties [the Orioles] have, we have some shifts that put me on the other side of the bag. I am comfortable over there and I have been on that side of the bag a fair amount even though I haven’t been the shortstop yet.”
When the Cardinals optioned having a hard time shortstop Paul DeJong to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, it opened the franchise’s future at the position. In the short-term, the Cardinals moved energy gamer Brendan Donovan to shortstop, and in 2 video games, he provided a crowning achievement (Tuesday), 2 doubles, 2 strolls and 2 RBIs (Wednesday).
Also, Kramer Robertson was promoted from Memphis and got his very first MLB RBI on Wednesday, while Edmundo Sosa concluded a rehabilitation task at Double-A Springfield.
Sosa, who is anticipated to be in St. Louis by Thursday and might begin at shortstop in the series ending versus the Orioles, pressed DeJong for playing time last season and into the spring. Last season, he impressed the Cardinals with his strength, energy and athleticism. In 68 video games as a beginning shortstop, Sosa struck .298 and had actually a .378 on-base portion.
Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol, who has actually been high up on Sosa considering that Spring Training, stated the 26-year-old energy infielder will have “a real shot” to show he can be the group’s daily shortstop.
As for Edman, the Cardinals have actually been reluctant to move him off 2nd base since of the outstanding way he has actually played offensively and defensively up until now this season. According to FieldingBible.com, Edman entered into Wednesday’s video game as the MLB leader in Defensive Runs Saved (8). Additionally, according to ESPN, Edman is connected for 3rd in MLB in the critical Wins Above Replacement figure (2.1) with colleague Nolan Arenado. They path just Manny Machado and three-time AL MVP Mike Trout.
“That’s one of our team mottos — do something every single day to help the team win, whether that’s hitting, or if you don’t feel that good at the plate, you can still help out defensively or on the basepaths,” stated Edman, who is likewise connected for 3rd in baseball with 7 taken bases. “Being able to contribute in a variety of ways is important.”
At some point, it may be crucial for the normally sure-handed Edman to move from 2nd base and end up being the Cardinals shortstop for the long-lasting. Even though he won his very first Gold Glove at 2nd last season, Edman stated he has no bookings about moving over to play shortstop if that’s what is required to make the Cardinals a more total group. If Edman — who has actually begun taking ground balls at shortstop throughout pregame drills — makes the shift to the opposite of the bag, it may open an area on the lineup for power-hitting lefty Nolan Gorman, who has actually currently hammered 12 crowning achievement as the beginning 2nd baseman for Triple-A Memphis.
“I’ve played short my entire life,” Edman stated. “It’s just been the last number of years that I have actually played most of my time at 2nd base. Even returning to 2019, I played a lots of brief in Triple-A. Over the last number of years, I’ve played anywhere from 10 to 20 video games in the major leagues at brief.
“So, it’s a position that I’ve played and it’s not brand-new to me since I’ve played it my whole life,” Edman included. “I don’t think you necessarily get beat up more at short. It’s just about making sure that you’re keeping your arm strong throughout the season. If I need to play there, I’ll be ready.”