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Cardinals | Matt Carpenter handling all aspects of 2B

St. Louis Cardinals INF Matt Carpenter, this spring, has faced most of the challenges that a second baseman would face and conquered all of them, according to manager Mike Matheny. He had another good day in the field on Thursday, March 14, which included the clean execution of a couple of double plays. Meanwhile, Carpenter has remained strong with the bat, with a spring average of .394 following a double and a two-run triple in that contest.

Fantasy Tip: It would seem that little stands between Carpenter and the OD second base job besides time. St. Louis' primary motivation is to get his bat in the lineup, and he's given them no reason not to continue with the experiment into the regular season. Carpenter is capable versus left-handed pitchers, too, so he has a reasonable shot at 450 to 500 plate appearances and could provide nice value in drafts or be a solid addition as depth from the waiver wire. Daniel Descalso may end up infringing upon Pete Kozma's time at shortstop.

2013-03-15 10:26:44 | Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Rick Hummel

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