It seems like every year that I report to St. Louis Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida in September and October, there is at least one key player working on learning a new position.
Last year, it was third baseman Carson Kelly, picking up the catching gear for the first time. In 2014, it is Kelly’s former Peoria Chiefs teammate Mason Katz who is donning the tools of ignorance. The second baseman-first baseman did some catching in the past and has been asked to re-sharpen those tools. It is too early to know if Katz will execute a reverse Craig Biggio, but his bat will play wherever he ends up defensively.
Perhaps graciously listed at 5-foot-10, and weighing a stout 188 pounds, the former LSU star has often come up big at the plate. Splitting his time between Peoria and Palm Beach this season, the right-handed hitter tied for third in the entire Cardinals system with 20 home runs and tied for second in RBI with 71.
In the following exclusive interview, Katz talks about his solid 2014 season and of course, his new/old defensive assignment.
The Cardinal Nation’s extensive series of player and coach interviews from Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter will continue in the upcoming days. They will include Mike Shildt, Derrick May, Oscar Mercado, Malik Collymore, Rowan Wick, Chris Rivera and Jery Then.
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