With each day it seems, the Major League opportunity for St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Harrison Bader is improving.
What the 22-year old can control is his performance on the field. In his first full season as a professional, Bader excelled in Double-A, where he was a Texas League All-Star, and made his Triple-A debut. The Cardinals invited him to the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase, where he represented the Cardinals in the Bowman Hitting Challenge and the Fall Stars Game.
Those things Bader cannot control have created potential opportunity in the July trade of Charlie Tilson, the organization’s prior top outfield prospect, as well as the departure of St. Louis outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker on waivers.
Bader, who can do many things well, including playing all three outfield positions, plus hit with power and has speed, may still be a half-season away, but his current work in Arizona can only help position him for 2017 success.
In the following, the second of our annual interview series with Cardinals competing in the AFL, Bader discusses the year and a half since he played for the University of Florida in the College World Series.
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