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2023 Batting

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On-base Plus Slugging
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Regular Season .500 1 2 1.500 0

Top Brendan Donovan News

  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Collects three hits, homer in loss

    Donovan went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run and two additional runs scored in Thursday's 10-9 loss to Toronto.

    Donovan served as the Cardinals' Opening Day leadoff hitter and did his job setting the table against Alek Manoah and company. He even carried over the newfound pop he showed in spring training -- Donovan smacked four homers in Grapefruit League play, just one fewer than he had in 468 plate appearances in the majors last season. Donovan has a good eye at the plate, and if the power is here to stay, he could end up being a fantasy gem.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Hitting leadoff Opening Day

    Donovan is starting at second base and batting leadoff for Thursday's opener versus the Blue Jays.

    Donovan could move to the bottom of the order against lefties, but he looks to be the preferred choice at leadoff versus right-handers. Lars Nootbaar will bat behind Donovan in the two-hole.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Will see time in leadoff spot

    Donovan will spent time in the leadoff spot for the Cardinals this season, John Denton of reports.

    Manager Oliver Marmol on Wednesday wouldn't commit to any lineup spots beyond Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Willson Contreras as his 3-4-5 hitters, but it's expected that Donovan, Lars Nootbaar and Tommy Edman will get looks at the top of the order. It could be Donovan and Nootbaar in the top two spots against right-handers, although Tyler O'Neill also seems to be in the mix for the No. 2 spot. Donovan's on-base skills make him a natural fit at leadoff, and he's shown more pop this spring after re-tooling his stance.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Excellent in spring

    Donovan is hitting .325 (13-for-40) with a team-leading four home runs over 14 Grapefruit League games.

    Donovan's value to the Cardinals comes as a utility man, but his spring play should serve to get him an everyday role in the lineup to begin the season. He's the projected starter at second base, especially with Tommy Edman needed at shortstop to cover for the injured Paul DeJong (back). Donovan hit well as a rookie last year, slashing .281/.394/.379 with five home runs, 45 RBI, 64 runs scored and two stolen bases over 126 contests. With his versatility, he should remain in the mix for a starting role even if his hitting drops a bit.

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  • Cardinals' Brendan Donovan: Homers again Monday

    Donovan clubbed a two-run homer and added an RBI single Monday versus the Mets in Grapefruit League action.

    It's the second home run in three spring training games for Donovan, who hit just five long balls in 126 contests for the Cardinals in his rookie season. Donovan is standing more upright at the plate this spring and, as manager Oli Marmol noted on Monday's ESPN broadcast, is making more of an effort to pull the ball in the air. He's also switched to a puck-style bat knob. It's worth tracking to see whether Donovan's newfound pop can be sustained while not taking away from his excellent plate skills.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Wurzberg, Germany
Age: 26
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, R