Despite that, there always seems to be misfortune associated with the centerfielder as well. For two years running, Pham has been recognized as having the top outfield arm in the Cardinals system by Baseball America. Yet, that skill contributed to the premature end to his 2011 season after 40 games when he suffered a freak left wrist injury whlie attempting a home run-saving catch at the end of May.
Worse, his blurred vision had returned earlier in the summer while he was with Palm Beach and worsened after he joined Springfield. In 2008, Pham had been diagnosed with keratoconus, a non-inflammatory eye condition. Ever since, he has learned everything he can about the condition and how to keep it in the background.
During camp, I spoke with Pham, our 23rd-ranked Cardinals prospect for 2012, on a day when he had been rewarded to suit up with the major league club as a fill-in outfielder.
We covered his injury history, his recoveries and much more in the exclusive audio interview that follows. Not surprisingly, Pham's primary goal for 2012 is to remain healthy.
What's coming next? Other exclusive interviews ahead in this series include Matt Adams, Moises Rodriguez and Chris Maloney.
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