Just eleven years ago a hot young prospect made quite an impression during spring training but was initially unable to make the St. Louis Cardinals due to the MLB roster being full. Thanks to an injury to key veteran on that year's ballclub, then Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had no choice but take that sweet-swinging prospect to the big leagues with him and back to St. Louis. Of course, that prospect was Albert Pujols.
Fast forward to 2012 and another young Cardinals prospect is trying his best to make it hard new Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to leave him off the roster.
First baseman Matt Adams, who is just 23 years of age, hit his second home run of the spring in helping the Cardinals to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Adams is hitting .300 this spring, collecting nine hits in 30 at bats. His pair of dingers are tied for most on the club with third baseman David Freese and his eight RBI's are a team high.
The left-handed swinging Adams...