It’s odd to see the St. Louis Cardinals with the second-worst record in the National League, but that’s where we are this season. The shock comes from the admiration that the baseball world has for a franchise that is historically one of the best run organizations in all of sports.
With a rich farm system and future Hall of Famers at the corners, no one expected St. Louis to be bottom feeders this season. The Cards are currently 58-76 and in last place in the NL Central, a division they have owned for much of the past two decades.
St. Louis Cardinals Farm System Is Thick
The bright side of this underwhelming season is that the Cardinals have some of the best young talent in the sport. With outfielder Jordan Walker and shortstop Masyn Winn currently up in the majors and preparing to be cornerstones for the future, the club still has more elite talent down on the farm.
Players such as Tink Hence and outfielders Chase Davis and Victor Scott II.
Who Is Victor Scott?
Scott, who is likely the club’s future lead-off hitter seems to have found his groove with Double-A Springfield, after some real struggles in early August. The speedy outfielder had a 16 at-bat hitless streak, and it seemed as if nothing he attempted to recrify the situation was working.
Things got so bad for Scott that he even questioned his approach. But, Scott stayed true to himself because he felt he was always having good at-bats, and unfortunately, they weren’t turning into hits. That’s how baseball is sometimes. In the end, everything evens itself out.
All hitters go through tough stretches, and Scott’s no different. During a recent phone interview with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Scott talked at length about his struggles at the plate.
“It’s kind of hard to just sit here and say, All you got to do is, you’ve just got to keep hitting. Because I mean, I was at that point where I’m like, ‘This, it sucks. Nothing is falling. I’m doing things right. It’s just not going my way.”
Scott’s steadfastness paid off as the speedy outfielder has since recovered nicely from his hitless streak to go 13-for-31 (.419) with three doubles and two home runs in his last seven games.
Scott is batting .303 with six home runs and 54 RBI on the season. His .791 OPS is one of the top marks in the minors and is further proof that Scott is always getting on base while hitting for average.
He’s Also A Master Base Thief
Scott’s elite speed is also a trait that caught the eye of the Cardinals brass. The ability to lead off, get on base and then cause havoc on the base paths is a lost art in today’s game.
With 82 stolen bases, Scott ranks second in the minors behind only behind Tampa Bay Rays prospect and fellow MLBbro Chandler Simpson (85). The Cardinals currently rank 23rd in stolen bases as a team, so athleticism and speed is a priority entering this rebuild. Scott’s arrival is slated for 2025 but could be earlier if the 2022 fifth-round pick continues to ascend.