Edman's likelihood of receiving ample playing time in both the infield and outfield increased with the release of Yairo Munoz on March 7, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Coming into spring training, Edman was already set to see plenty of action in 2020 after having logged time at second base, third base, shortstop and center field last season. The 24-year-old was highly productive at the plate as well with a .304/.350/.500 line across 92 games, and he hit .237 (9-for-38) with a double, a home run, six RBI, two walks, one stolen base and eight runs across 12 Grapefruit League games before spring training was paused.
Edman is expected to see action at as many as six different positions in spring training, as the Cardinals envision him filling an everyday role as a super-utility man in 2020, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
St. Louis is eager to open up everyday playing time for Edman after he posted a team-best .850 OPS last season following his promotion from Triple-A Memphis in early June. After playing 55 games at third base and 29 games at second base as a rookie, Edman should already carry dual-position eligibility in most fantasy leagues entering 2020, and the Cardinals could work him into the mix at all three outfield spots as necessary. Any additional eligibility he gains as the season rolls along will only provide another boost to the ascending value of Edman, who could make a run at a 20-20 season if he gets 600-plus plate appearances.
Edman went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run triple in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
The rookie churned out his seventh consecutive multi-hit effort, a remarkable run that's helped Edman to a .364 average in September. Edman has accomplished the feat in nine of the last 10 contests overall, and he heads into the final day of the regular season with a stellar .307/.352/.506 line over 344 plate appearances.
Edman went 3-for-4 with a stolen base, a run scored and a walk in Friday's 8-2 loss to the Cubs.
Edman's display of speed came in the fifth inning, when he reached on an infield single and swiped second in short order. He later scored on a Yadier Molina single in the seventh. Edman has 11 homers and 15 steals to go with a .305/.348/.500 slash line, 33 RBI and 58 runs scored in 90 games.
Edman went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, three runs scored and a walk in the Cardinals' 9-7 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Edman continues to swing a hot bat, launching his 11th homer of the season in the first inning off Alex Young as part of his seventh multi-hit effort in his last 10 games. The hot streak brings the 24-year-old's slash line up to a solid .298/.340/.500 slash line over 302 at-bats.
Edman went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs in an extra-inning win over the Cubs on Thursday.
Edman has shown a welcome penchant for meaningful contact in an impressive September, as 11 of his 20 hits during the month have been either a double (four), a triple (two) or a home run (five). Coupled with his .313 average since the calendar flipped from August, the rookie's contributions have been pivotal to the Cardinals' ongoing postseason push.
Edman went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs in a 5-1 victory against the Nationals on Wednesday.
Suddenly, the 24-year-old is on a little power spree, as he's hit three homers in the last five games. During that stretch, he also has five RBI. Overall, Edman is batting .286 with 10 homers, 32 RBI, 48 runs and 13 steals in 283 at-bats this season.
Edman went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.
Edman joined in on the fun of the Cardinals' four-homer barrage with a 367-foot shot to right in the ninth with Yadier Molina aboard to bring St. Louis within a run. The rookie has left the yard in back-to-back games for the first time in his career and has reached safely in nine of the last 10 contests overall.
Edman went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
Edman launched a 378-foot shot to right in the second off Jordan Lyles to open the scoring on the night for both clubs. Ultimately, that proved to be one of the few offensive highlights for the previously hot-hitting Cardinals, who were flummoxed by Lyles and four relievers. Edman has left the yard on three occasions over the last seven games, and he's now hit safely in eight of his last nine contests, including in four straight.
Edman went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Brewers on Friday.
Edman drew another start at third base Friday and continued to make the multi-faceted contributions that have become a signature of his rookie campaign. The 24-year-old's two-bagger served as his seventh extra-base hit of September, and he continues to impress on the basepaths with a 92.3 percent success rate on steals (12-for-13).
Edman is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rockies.
He is hitting .250 with two home runs and two steals in 11 games this month. Matt Carpenter will start at third base and hit fifth.
Although he projects to continue playing multiple positions, Edman is essentially locked into an everyday role for the balance of the regular season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The rookie has forced manager Mike Shildt's hand via his strong play with both the bat and glove. The switch-hitting Edman has acquitted himself well against both handedness of pitcher, but especially versus southpaws (.333/.362/.545 line over 69 plate appearances). Edman's extensive positional versatility has also made him a valued defensive asset, with perhaps no better example than when he played three different positions over three games during the Cardinals' back-to-back doubleheaders last week. The 24-year-old's contributions at the plate have been well-rounded, as he's hitting .278 with 25 extra-base hits (14 doubles, four triples, seven home runs), 27 RBI, 10 walks, 11 stolen bases and 42 runs over his first 267 big-league plate appearances.
Edman went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in a 9-4 loss to the Pirates on Friday.
It looked like Edman's two homers would be enough for the Cardinals to win, as they held a three-run lead in the seventh, but then the Pirates offense exploded. Edman still had a great night, and he has six extra-base hits in his last five games. He is batting .283 with seven home runs, 26 RBI, 42 runs and 11 steals in just 247 at-bats this season.
Edman, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday, is just 10 extra-base hits away from the career-high 32 he laced with Double-A Springfield last season in 249 additional plate appearances.
With Wednesday's double and triple, Edman is now averaging an extra-base hit every 11.3 plate appearances, compared to every 15.6 during his 2018 campaign at Springfield. The rookie is slashing .282/.313/.433 overall during his first big-league stint, having supplemented the impressive pop he's demonstrated with 11 steals over 12 attempts.
Edman went 3-for-4 with two runs in a win over the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.
Edman generated his third three-hit effort of the last six games in the nightcap, putting a fitting finish on a successful month at the plate. The rookie produced an impressive .308 average during August, boosting his season figure 22 points to .283 in the process.
Edman went 3-for-6 with a double and three runs scored in Monday's 12-2 win over the Brewers.
Edman continued swinging a hot bat Monday, picking up his fourth multi-hit game over the last five days. His OPS has jumped from .715 to .761 during that span to go along with 34 runs scored and 19 extra-base hits on the year.
Edman went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, a run scored and a walk in Sunday's 11-4 win over Colorado.
The rookie utility man collected three multi-hit games during the Cardinals' four-game sweep of the Rockies. Edman owns a .749 OPS with 31 runs scored since being called up in early June.
Edman went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
Edman's seventh multi-hit effort of August pushed his monthly average to an impressive .293, with his season figure having risen 32 points to .273 since Aug. 9. The rookie has doubles in back-to-back games as well, and he's reached safely in seven consecutive starts.
Edman is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.
Edman has started the past five games for the Cardinals and gone 7-for-22 with one home run and one steal. He'll give way to Harrison Bader in the outfield in this one.
Edman went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, a stolen base and two runs scored Sunday against the Reds.
Edman left the yard in the fifth inning, extending the Cardinals' lead to three on the way to a 5-4 victory. The 24-year-old is slashing .271/.303/.429 with five homers and 19 RBI over 54 games this season for St. Louis.
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