Scout.com Player Profile
DOB: September 21, 1972
Became A Cardinal: Signed to a minor league contract on February 18, 2006 with an invitation to spring training.
2005 Season Highlights: Scott spent most of the season on the DL with a strained oblique muscle, or on the bench. He asked for his release in August and got it. He only managed to get 47 at bats and hit a mere .064.
HITTING: A versatile switch-hitter, Spiezio has a good eye and knows the strike zone very well, enabling him to get good pitches to hit. When healthy he could almost always be counted on to get 400 at bats. He has flashes of power, 10 home runs in 2004 and 16 more in 2003. He has a little more pop in his bat from the left side and that could give him an edge up on his competition.
DEFENSE: Defensively, he is an average third baseman but a better defender at first. He has an average arm and makes consistent good throws to any base. He's likely to see significant playing time at third base during spring training and could get some starting time at third during the first month of the season. I would be surprised to see him start at third on opening day. For the record he's a better first baseman. He has lost some range at third because of an old knee injury.
BASERUNNING: Scott is very good at reading the pitcher and the situation. A knee injury a few years ago has slowed Spiezio down. I think he is still capable of steal 10-12 bases a season because he gets a good jump. For sure he can still steal a base if they forget he's there, but again it's because of his experience not because he has any great speed.
OUTLOOK: Scott plays hard and he plays smart. Don't be surprised to see Spiezio make the roster out of spring training. I still have concern about the Cardinals regular third baseman, Scott Rolen being ready to answer the bell when the season opens. Spiezio has had his own problems with injuries, to include a nagging back and strained oblique muscle. If healthy, the switch-hitting Spiezio is a valuable utility player could play an important role off the bench for the Cardinals this season.