Cardinals 2012 spring interview: Erik Komatsu

The next subject in our annual St. Louis Cardinals spring training interview series is Rule 5 outfielder Erik Komatsu.

Monday's decision by the St. Louis Cardinals to option outfielder Adron Chambers to the minor leagues was another positive step in the very short organizational stint to-date of Erik Komatsu.

Having become a Cardinal in December when selected from the Washington Nationals in the Rule 5 Draft means Komatsu has less history with the team than any of his competitors for a reserve outfield job. Yet, the 24-year-old has earned the long look with consistent hard play and decent results.

With Chambers eliminated from the race, now only Shane Robinson may be blocking Komatsu's leap from Double-A straight to the major leagues. The left-handing hitting Komatsu has a .279 spring average through Monday. Among his 12 hits in 43 at-bats are a pair of doubles, and two triples as well. The Californian has driven in eight and scored five.

In the following interview, Komatsu discusses his background, the present as well as what the future might be up ahead.


Link to earlier interview in this series with fast-rising pitching prospect Trevor Rosenthal.

What's coming next? Other exclusive interviews ahead in this series include Matt Adams, Tommy Pham, Moises Rodriguez, John Vuch, Derrick May and Chris Maloney.

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