Randal Grichuk

#15 CF / St. Louis Cardinals / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 210 lb Age: 25 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Player Outlook

    Randal Grichuk's strong 2015 campaign had him in a very favorable position heading into 2016, with an everyday job, plus power and what many believed to be an average hit tool. However, things went south in a hurry for the 25-year-old, as he came out of the gate with just a .206 batting average and strikeouts in a quarter of his plate appearances through mid-June. This led the Cardinals to shock everyone and send him back to the minors on two occasions during the summer. His performance vastly improved after the second demotion, as he slashed .275/.303/.579 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI, although it came with an unsustainably-high 34.1 percent strikeout rate. He will open the season as the everyday left fielder, although he showed in 2016 that he can be incredibly streaky, so he should be treated as a volatile asset. Grichuk will need to make more consistent contact in order to stay in manager Mike Matheny's good graces.

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    • Grichuk went 2-for-2 with an RBI double, three-run home run and two runs overall in Wednesday's 6-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Mets. The slugging outfielder opened the scoring for the Cardinals by plating Yadier Molina with a two-bagger to left in the second before finding the left-field bleachers off Sean Gilmartin in the third with Jhonny Peralta and Molina aboard. Now the starting left fielder in St. Louis following the arrival of Dexter Fowler -- a transition that seems to be going well so far -- Grichuk is hitting .500 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and two runs over his first six spring at-bats.

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    • Grichuk, who is moving to left field in 2017 with the arrival of Dexter Fowler, is looking forward to his new position and the coming season in general, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Last year, I tried to feel for the ball a little too much - trying to be a hitter that I'm not. This year, I'm going to let it fly and have some fun, like I did the last month or month-and-a-half of the year," said Grichuk, who had 12 of his 24 homers in August and September. Grichuk tallied a career-high 24 homers and 68 RBI in 2016, despite struggling with a left knee that ended up requiring cartilage repair surgery in November. However, the 25-year-od did concede that the knee bothered him "a good amount" throughout the campaign, which likely played a part in his .240 average and .289 OBP. Now fully healthy, Grichuk and the Cardinals feel his speed, strong throwing arm and previous experience playing left field will help him make a seamless transition to his new position. At the plate, Grichuk also will aim to make much more consistent contact, considering he's posted 31.4-and-29.5-percent strikeout rates, respectively, over his last two major league seasons.

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    • Grichuk has recovered from surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. It took Grichuk just over a month to recover from surgery. He is coming off a season in which he hit 24 home runs with 68 RBI and a .240 average. The 25-year-old enters spring training as a projected starter in the St. Louis outfield.

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    • Grichuk went 2-for-5 with a two-RBI single and run-scoring double in Saturday's 10-4 victory over the Cubs. The young outfielder's bat remained red-hot in the blowout win, with Grichuk already having equaled his RBI total (15) from all of August with Saturday's production. He's now hit safely in six of his last seven and is hitting .309 (25-for-81) during September.

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    • Cardinals' Randal Grichuk: Homers against Rockies
      By RotoWire Staff

      Grichuk homered and scored twice in a 1-for-4 game in Monday's win over the Rockies. Grichuk also tallied his 122nd strikeout as his all-or-nothing season continues. Of his 96 hits, 51 of them (53 percent) have gone for extra bases, which has allowed Grichuk to post a .490 slugging percentage despite just a .240 batting average and .289 OBP.

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    YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBKOSBAVG
    2016 STL 132 446 66 107 24 68 28 141 5 .239
    2015 STL 103 323 49 89 17 47 22 110 4 .275
    TOTAL 282 879 126 223 44 123 55 282 9

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