Tommy Edman Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 180 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/9/1995 (27)
Tommy Edman Season Stats
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Tommy Edman News
St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said that second baseman Tommy Edman will slide over to shortstop to make room for prospect Nolan Gorman, who will be called up from the minors before Friday's game. Brendan Donovan has earned at-bats by going 10-for-34 with a homer, five RBI and a steal in just 19 games, but it could be more difficult for the Cards to get him regular at-bats now. He could split time in left field with rookie Juan Yepez. Edman has started at second in 35 of 37 games for St. Louis, and he is having a nice season with a .269/.367/.431 slash line with four home runs, 18 RBI, 25 runs scored and a league-leading nine stolen bases so far while also moving to the leadoff spot. His fantasy stock is very high right now.
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa (ankle) is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the New York Mets. Sosa left the game early on Wednesday with an ankle injury. He got the start at the 6 with Tommy Edman battling a sore calf, but Edman is at second base and batting leadoff on Thursday against Mets right-hander Chris Bassitt. Brendan Donovan is starting at shortstop and is hitting in the two-hole. Sosa is hitting just .220 with no home runs, one RBI and a stolen base in 16 games this year, and he's mostly middle infield depth with both Edman and Donovan healthy. Edman is hitting .269 with four home runs, 18 RBI, 25 runs scored and a league-high nine stolen bases this year, so he needs to be returned to all starting fantasy lineups.
St. Louis Cardinals infielder Tommy Edman (calf) is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the New York Mets. He was hit by a pitch during Tuesday's game and is still dealing with some calf soreness. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too worried as Edman is expected to avoid a trip to the injured list. He might even be available off the bench during Wednesday's contest. Brendan Donovan will bat leadoff and play second base against righty Max Scherzer on Wednesday.
Edman is something of a dinosaur in modern baseball, as the speedy infielder was one of only six players to swipe at least 30 bases in 2021, and only one of two National League players to reach that milestone last season. Edman's penchant for steals push his fantasy value far above his actual bat skills, meaning his top-80 draft day price is a dicey proposition for those who rely and trust in quality of contact metrics. His meager 87.5 MPH average exit velocity and 35.1% hard hit rate last season leave something to be desired, and his 4.2% barrel rate in 2021 was downright pitiful. He made the most of his limited physical abilities at the dish by putting the ball in play with an 86.5% contact rate and 13.7% K rate in 2021, and keeping it on the ground, with a 46% GB rate last season, an approach that perfectly compliments his speed-first skillset. The frequent contact is nice, but his 5.5% career walk rate puts a cap on his on-base upside, and with just a .308 OBP last season, one has to wonder how strong Edman's grip on St. Louis's leadoff spot is, especially since the Cardinals will welcome new manager Oliver Marmol in 2022. A new manager might spell trouble for Edman's stolen base totals well; Mike Shildt was let go over "Philosophical differences", and while the general public will likely never know specifics, one can assume those differences were more related to lineup construction and baserunning strategy than debates about Nietzsche and Heidegger. We can't know how the changing of the guard will affect Edman, but between the new manager and suspect hitting skills, there are reasons to doubt a repeat season here. Still, players who can put up 30 steals don't grow on trees, so Edman may be a worthy gamble in 5x5 Roto or categories leagues if his manager can structure the rest of their team with reliable sources of power and batting average.