Cardinals prospect interview: C.J. McElroy

The St. Louis Cardinals' outfield prospect is healthy and ready for his second shot at the Class A Midwest League.

Despite being one of the youngest members of the 2014 Class-A Peoria Chiefs at the age of 20, C.J. McElroy Jr. is one of those most familiar with the Midwest League. With the exception of a three-game tune-up in the Gulf Coast League, the outfielder spent his entire 2013 as a Chief.

The problem was that a lingering toe injury kept McElroy on Peoria's disabled list and out of action except for 58 games. After the speedster swiped 24 bases with Johnson City in 2012, his total last season fell to just eight stolen bases in 16 attempts in almost the same number of at-bats.

Along with working around the injury and its after-effects, the natural right-handed batter continued to focus on switch-hitting. Perhaps due to the increased competition and other factors, McElroy's batting average dropped from .271 in the Appalachian League to .240 in the MWL, however.

Back to 100 percent this spring, McElroy was invited to the Cardinals STEP camp and even made one plate appearance for St. Louis. Installed as the Chiefs centerfielder and leadoff man for the regular season, the Texas native is ready to make up for lost time.

In the following exclusive interview, McElroy talks about these subjects and more.


Coming soon: In the near future, look for interviews with McElroy's teammates Carson Kelly and Kenny Peoples-Walls.

Previously published:
Manager Joe Kruzel on his 2014 Peoria Chiefs
Pitcher Alex Reyes
Pitcher Nick Petree
2B Mason Katz

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