CJ McElroy is a speed merchant for the St. Louis Cardinals minor leagues. The 2011 draftee is still 19 and has been tearing up the basepaths for two years and has the potential to become a future major league basestealing threat.
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He is a plus plus runner, although he hits from the right-side he is still able to turn deep ground balls into hits. His speed also makes him a potentially elite base stealer as well. He had 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts in just 61 games. Baseball
His speed also allows him to play a good centerfield with the ability to get to balls in the gap other players may not be able to. We will need more time to truly evaluate his play in centerfield, but needless to say, his offensive profile fits more in center where less power is necessary.
The Cardinals outfitted McElroy with a new swing this year and eager (or over eager) to use it, McElroy did not take a lot of walks that would have given him opportunities to steal and put a lot of noise in his numbers, which are not overwhelming. .271/.332/.646 BA/SLG/OPS for the year to be exact. But, McElroy is a player that works beyond the numbers with increasing skill in center and speed on the basepaths to take the extra base or break up a double play or cause an error. But, you have to get on base to steal and McElroy will have to increase his on base percentage to become a viable speed threat in the top of the order going forward.
However, as every coach in every sport has said for hundreds of years, "you can't teach speed" and CJ McElroy has it. He's got the potential to put together his other skills to become a major league player as well.