22-Year-Old Outfielder – St. Louis Cardinals
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Grichuk was promoted to Double-A Arkansas after a reasonably strong year at High-A Inland Empire in 2012, and represented himself well, posting a slash line of .256/.306/.474 in 500 at-bats in 2013. W...
Randal Grichuk Contract Information:
Drafted in the first round and signed by the Angels in June 2009.
Grichuk was traded to the Cardinals along with Peter Bourjos in exchange for David Freese and Fernando Salas on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
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St. Louis Cardinals Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAButler, Keith (P)
AACooney, Tim (P)
A+Garcia, Anthony (OF)
ABlair, Seth (P)
RookieBean, Steve (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Grichuk was drafted 24th overall in the 2009 draft and finally made it through a full season without any injuries in 2012. He spent all of last season with High-A Inland Empire and slashed .298/.335/.488 with 18 homers and 16 steals over 575 plate appearances. His talent is obvious, but 23 walks over that many trips to the plate probably won't cut it, and as is the case for a number of the Angels' top prospects, Grichuk needs to work on his plate discipline. That's easier said than done and his four percent walk rate in 1,313 minor league plate appearances indicates that he has a long ways to go.
Grichuk will not turn 20 until mid-way through the 2011 season, but he already has two professional seasons under his belt. Last season, Grichuk hit .299 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 251 at-bats, but he still has to work on his plate discipline after posting a 12:59 BB:K ratio last season. Don't expect Grichuk to advance past High-A Rancho Cucamonga this season.
The Angels' first pick in the 2009 draft is all hitter, an outfielder from a high school in Texas with excellent power. There's not much else to Grichuk, no speed or arm to speak of, making him a different sort of Angel. He's a long, long way from the majors, and the lack of defensive or positional value limits his long-term upside.