This coming spring, the World Baseball Classic will be making its official return, and several players from the St. Louis Cardinals will have a chance to compete in the tournament.
St. Louis has four stars competing with Team USA, including MVP Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Miles Mikolas, and Adam Wainwright.
Tommy Edman will play for Team Korea, while Lars Nootbaar suits up for Team Japan and Genesis Cabrera prepares to compete with the Dominican National Team.
This morning, Cardinals writer Derrick Goold stopped by MLB Network to discuss what spring training will look like for the team with so many players competing in the WBC.
The Cardinals have the most players in MLB committed to play in this year's #WorldBaseballClassic!@dgoold details how the tournament could open the door for some young talent to get early opportunities.#HighHeat | @MadDogUnleashed pic.twitter.com/q4UcXG7uhm
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Goold discussed how the situation is less than ideal for the Cards, as they won’t get a chance to see much of these players in spring training, but that they also understand that it is for the good of the game to see some of these stars in action during the WBC.
Goold also mentioned that because so many stars are away from camp this spring, they’ll have a chance to take a good look at players such as Paul DeJong and Jordan Walker.
Walker, the team’s top prospect, will have a chance to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
The same goes for DeJong, who is trying to bounce back from two consecutive disappointing seasons.
Other players who will receive some looks include Alec Burleson, Juan Yepez, and Nolan Gorman, all of whom the Cardinals are high on and hope to see in action soon.NEXT: The Cardinals Have An Elite Farm System