TCN 2022 St. Louis Cardinals Prospect #25 – Chandler Redmond

photo: Chandler Redmond (Peoria Chiefs)

At number 25 in The Cardinal Nation’s Top 50 prospect countdown for 2022 is a versatile infielder who performed especially well following his August promotion to Double-A. FREE report!



Chandler Redmond

Position: Infielder
Age: 24 years old
Bats/Throws: L/R
Height/Weight – 6’1/231
Acquired: Selected in the 32nd round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, 965th overall
Primary team in 2021: Peoria Chiefs (High-A)
Finished 2021: Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Prior Top 50 rankings – 2021 #44

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Link to Redmond’s career stats

Jake Tweedie’s scouting report

(current grade/future grade)

HIT POWER FIELD ARM RUN FV
35/45 35/45 50/50 60/60 40/35 40
AVG OBP SLG OPS HR SB CS K% BB%
.259 .354 .474 .827 18 3 2 34.8% 9.1%
ISO wRC+ GB/FB GB% LD% FB% Pull% Cent% Oppo%
.197(AA) 129(AA) 1.93(AA) 40.8%(AA) 38.0%(AA) 21.1%(AA) 41.1%(AA) 34.2%(AA) 24.7%(AA)

Redmond is a player that profiles to be a strong first baseman, but his athleticism and abilities allow him to be a better second/third baseman than perhaps at first. He is agile, reads the game well and positions himself in the right places. However, with his size and stature, first base will probably always be his go-to position regardless of his other abilities.

Defensively Redmond looks solid. He can make plays, is s decent thrower, and can be versatile when needed. The general infielder tag perhaps doesn’t give him the credit he deserves, but first base is certainly an area he needs to continue to work on.

At the plate Redmond is very hit and miss. His positives are that he can launch the ball, and does do regularly, but the negative is that his strike rate is far too high.

His body is solid and his head doesn’t have too much movement. He leaves a big chunk of the bat in the zone during his swing, which can make it difficult for him facing lefties, but generally he can create solid contact and target the opposite field a bit more than other hitters.

Redmond opens his body up, which could cause him issues against lefties, but it allows him to target all areas in the field rather than being restricted to a pull shot. Generally, he makes full use of this, but unfortunately there have been too many times he has been caught out by left-handed pitchers.

Because of this opening up he doesn’t allow himself much time to react to breaking balls, or adapt to their pitch path. This is something he needs to refine moving forward, because when he does time his swing, he can cause big problems for pitchers.

Redmond is an exciting prospect with plenty going for him. He is powerful, barrels the ball well, defends well and can even pick up a stolen base here and there. However, he will need to make first base his proper defensive home and work on his struggles when opening up to left handers.

Future Value: 40
Role: Reserve
Risk: Moderate

Video

Brian Walton’s environmental impact report

Background

The left-handed hitter was snagged by the Cardinals in the 32nd round of the 2019 draft from tiny Gardner-Webb College. Playing first, second and third base, Redmond was the offensive catalyst for the 2019 Appalachian League Cardinals. Then, he earned “Player of the Postseason” honors as Johnson City won the league title in the Rookie-Advanced level franchise’s swan song.

Across all first-year hitters in the system, Redmond was first in slugging (.552, 12 home runs, .265 ISO), OPS (.935) and wRC+ (151). He drew 25 walks (11.8 percent), but his 55 strikeouts in 212 plate appearances (28.8 percent) was not ideal. Redmond drove in 40 runs in 54 games.

Not surprisingly in his dominating debut, Redmond was our Johnson City Player of the Year and our system-wide Rookie Player of the Year. That winter, I tabbed Redmond as my deep sleeper pick for 2020 – the non-Top 50 prospect who most caught my eye as someone who could emerge the next season.

However, he was a tweener in 2020, not yet good enough or advanced enough to make the exclusive alternate camp in Springfield. As a result, Redmond sat out the season – hardly a negative reflection of him.

Still, his results and promise were high enough that he cracked our Top 50 one year ago at no. 44. A bit skeptical, nonetheless, I was anxious to see what Redmond could do against more age-appropriate pitching in 2021.

He did not disappoint.

2021 recap – professional

Redmond broke out in 2021, playing across two levels. He showed impressive power while playing six different positions in the field, including as an emergency pitcher. His 18 home runs tied for fifth in the entire organization and his .474 slugging percentage placed in the top 10.

Brendan Donovan and Chandler Redmond (Trevor Travis/Peoria Chiefs)

He opened the season at High-A Peoria, one of a group who leapt over Low-A despite having been unable to play in 2020. Redmond performed well from the start, picking up High-A Central League Player of the Week honors announced on May 30.

In 263 plate appearances with the Chiefs, the left-handed hitter slashed .234/.350/.459/.809. Redmond launched 13 home runs and plated 34. His wRC+ was 120, 20% above a league-average hitter.

One negative while with Peoria was his strikeout rate of 33.8%. Another was his mediocre results against left-handed pitching, indicated by his OPS of .619.

On August 10, Redmond moved up to Double-A Springfield, one of the many who benefitted from the openings created unexpectedly when a number of the Double-A Cardinals were sidelined by COVID.

To his credit, he showed he belonged – immediately. Unlike many others who need time to acclimate to a new, higher level of play, the infielder continued to produce offensively, with an .857 OPS in his first partial month with Springfield. Redmond’s overall slugging of .533 was third in the system as was his total of five home runs in August.

As the disappointing season for the Double-A Cardinals came to its close, Redmond kept hitting. He plated 14 runners in his 14 September games and logged a robust .864 OPS in the final month.

Again, the strikeouts continued to be a problem, with his overall rate at Springfield 37.6%.

2022 outlook

Redmond will likely return to Springfield to open 2022 but should reach Memphis at some point during the season. On one hand, his versatility benefits him. On the other, it is not as much of a differentiator as one might think. Many of those ahead of him (including Brendan Donovan, Kramer Robertson, Evan Mendoza and Anderson Tejada) can play multiple positions, too.

One scout who spoke about Redmond said, “He can definitely hit, but he is less athletic than Donovan. The big question is what to do with him defensively.”

Future outlook

That Redmond can play first, second, third, left and right fields is great, but can he perform at a major league level at any of them? And if first base is his eventual home, he may be able to carve out at-bats with Springfield now and Memphis later, but his outlook to secure a spot with St. Louis seems cloudy.

Will he be able to hit lefties enough to avoid becoming a platoon player or pinch-hitter? Then again, would that really be a disappointment coming from a 32nd rounder or another success story for Cardinals scouting and player development?

The pyramid narrows among infielders at the highest levels of the system, making the timing of his promotions ahead dependent as much on others as on his own success. Redmond needs to keep hitting and be ready to take advantage of opportunities created by others becoming unavailable – as he did in 2021.

Reaching the majors seems quite possible in 2023 or later, but it is unclear if it will be with St. Louis. Redmond will become Rule 5 eligible in the winter of 2022 and will need to emerge as Donovan did in 2021 to be protected.

MLB debut: 2023
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022

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