Cardinals 2012 spring interview: Tommy Pham

Our annual St. Louis Cardinals spring training interview series continues with an in-depth discussion with minor league outfielder Tommy Pham.

Since joining the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2006 as an 18-year-old from a Las Vegas high school, Tommy Pham has teased scouts and fans alike with his considerable skills.

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.

In July 2010, the right-handed hitter first reached Double-A Springfield and electrified Hammons Field with his play. In 38 Texas League games, Pham's line was .339/.429/.537 and he seemed on his way to much bigger and better days. That progress was derailed on August 15, when he suffered a slight fracture of his right wrist when hit by a pitch.

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.


Earlier interviews in this series:
Derrick May
John Vuch
Erik Komatsu
Trevor Rosenthal

What's coming next? Other exclusive interviews ahead in this series include Matt Adams, Moises Rodriguez and Chris Maloney.

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