St. Louis Cardinals' Ryan Ludwick Certainly No One-Year Wonder

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IApril 16, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 18:  Ryan Ludwick #47 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 18, 2008 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Just because he came out of nowhere doesn't mean that he isn't here to stay.

That's one message that St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Ryan Ludwick is trying to teach baseball fans everywhere in 2009.

After the 30-year-old outfielder came out of the abyss of minor league baseball to make the All-Star game last season and take the baseball world by storm, there was reason to wonder if he could put on a repeat performance.

But early season results are showing no reason why Ludwick isn't actually a top-notch talent who has finally been given the ability to stay healthy. As a former highly related prospect, his numbers in 2009 speak to the skill that Ludwick has always had.

Through seven games and 27 at-bats, Ludwick has already mashed three home runs and eight RBI. But those aren't the only encouraging stats. After striking out 147 times last season compared to just 62 walks, Luddy has only five strikeouts with three walks. His .407 batting average reflects his improved plate discipline.

Ludwick is making his case as an every day, All-Star caliber player. Tony La Russa recently told the media that Ludwick, just like the other outfielders the Cards have, will have to earn his playing time, but if he keeps putting numbers up like this, that won't be a problem.

At one point, the future looked very bright for Ryan Ludwick as an All-Star in the minor leagues. Now, that future has come to fruition. He is here to stay.