Entering spring training as defending World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals face the intriguing obstacle of replacing one of the best bats in the game—Albert Pujols.
Matt Holliday seems to have taken the reigns as the team's offensive leader during spring training, batting .383 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in.
Carlos Beltran has been a pleasant surprise—picking up where he left off in 2011—batting .340 with two homers and reaching base 40 percent of the time.
Adam Wainwright is showing signs of returning back to his Cy Young production, with 18 innings pitched, two wins and a 1.45 ERA.
On the other end of the spectrum, who are the Cardinals who have disappointed the masses during spring training?
Certainly, spring training is only a diluted sampling of what production will be during the regular season—but it is also a pivotal bench mark for players expected to bounce back from down seasons or young stars expected to rise to the top of the depth chart.