With spring training rapidly passing by and Opening Day just around the corner, there’s now enough of a sample by which to get a good idea of the overall performance of a few key players.
For the St. Louis Cardinals, several players have stepped up and either surprised or tried and failed—this piece will focus on the latter.
Some players arrive in Jupiter, Fla., and everything goes as planned, but for others it’s not so easy. Whether it’s the hype that precedes them, the pressure or just trying to get back into the groove of a long season, for some players coming back can be a problem.
Sometimes it’s an injury that causes the problem, and every year there are a few.
Overall, the 2014 Cardinals are looking good despite the normal bumps in the road. A handful of players, however, have struggled to live up to their potential so far during spring training.
Following are the three players off to the most disappointing starts through the first half of spring training.