Harrison Bader is confident he'll be the starting center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.
"I'm the starting center fielder," the 25-year-old said. "It's my position. I'm going to take it. There's no sense in talking about it. I'm looking forward to showing up day one, guns blazing and ready to go."
Bader has been great defensively and brings speed in center, but his bat has been unreliable.
He hit .205/.314/.366 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 347 at-bats in 2019.
"Last year, individually it wasn't what I wanted it to be production-wise," Bader said. "The biggest thing I've taken away at this point is how I responded. I've been very fortunate to be with people behind the scenes who've helped me take steps in the right direction to help me produce like I want to and how I know I can.
"There's no secret to it. There's no special sauce. This is a day-in and day-out grind. My swing is feeling really good. All you can do is go out there and play hard. That's what I've been doing."