One of the more interesting stories coming out of the St. Louis Cardinals’ camp this year is the prospective move of outfielder Skip Schumaker to second base, despite his not having played *any* infield at the major league level.
In fact, Schumaker hasn’t seen the infield in over four years, when he dabbled there in the minors. But if any team can somehow magically make a player into a stud where no one else could, it’s the freaking Cardinals.
“The initial impression is let’s keep working Skip out,” La Russa said. “Skip’s got a cannon. He’s tough. He’s quick. I think he’ll leave here in seven weeks as an average second baseman, at least.”
Well then it makes sense to stash him at second base. Gotta have a cannon to play second base.
More after the jump.
If the move is successful and Schumaker can play serviceable defense at second, then the Cards – ugh – will have a plus hitter at second base. Don’t get me wrong, he’s no Pujols, but he could easily hit .300 and put up an .800 OPS. That’s something former Cardinals second baseman, and current Cub, Aaron Miles, could never do.
Further, it opens up an outfield spot for Cardinals uberprospect, Colby Rasmus.
But no need to pee pee our pantsy pants in fear just yet, Cubs fans. If this photo is any indication, Schumaker may have some way to go in the transition.
Ooooh. The glove goes THAT way.