Randal Grichuk, Outfield, St. Louis Cardinals, #15
Date of Birth: 8/13/1991
Birthplace: Rosenberg, Texas
Randal Grichuk, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, started playing baseball in little league games. In 2004, his team participated in the Little League World Series.
Grichuk was first drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2009. After five years in the Angels' minor league system, he was traded to the Cardinals in November, 2013. He then continued playing in the minors through part of 2014. During that time, he had a .279 batting average with 603 hits, 127 doubles, 86 home runs, 339 RBIs, and 461 strikeouts to 108 walks in 541 games. Defensively, he played 308 games in right field, 111 games in center field, and 99 games in left field, making 973 putouts and just 10 errors. In 2013, he won the Minor League Gold Glove award for right fielders.
Grichuk joined the Cardinals in 2014. In 47 games, he had 27 hits. He spent time on the DL in 2015, first with a strained lower back and later in the season with a right elbow strain. He finished the season with 89 hits, 23 doubles, 17 home runs, 47 RBIs, and a .276 batting average in 103 games. Defensively, he played 49 games in left field, 37 games in center field, and 13 games in right field. In 8 at-bats in 4 postseason games, he batted .250 with 2 hits, including 1 home run, and 1 RBI.
In 2016, Grichuk batted .240 in 132 games with the Cardinals. He finished the season with 107 hits, 29 doubles, 24 home runs, and 68 RBIs. Defensively, as the Cardinals' center fielder in 115 games, he made 221 putouts and no errors.
Career batting statistics for Grichuk through 2016 include:
- 282 games played
- 223 hits
- 58 doubles
- 44 home runs
- 123 RBIs
- 282 strikeouts to 55 walks
- .254 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Grichuk as an outfielder through 2016 include:
- 58 games played in left field, 157 games played in center field, 44 games played in right field
- 437 putouts
- 6 errors