Height/Weight: 6-1, 195
Acquired: Drafted 2018 (seventh round), South Alabama
In 2021: .304/.399/.455, .854 OPS, 12 HR, 66 RBIs, 19 SB (Class A, AA, AAA)
Scouting Report: If the trade deadline offers a peek into how deep and talented opponents find another organization’s system, then roster decisions are a referendum on the internal view of prospects. The Cardinals see Donovan on the immediate horizon. Added this offseason to the 40-man roster, the lefthanded-hitting infielder was also sent to the Arizona Fall League, a “finishing school” for minor-leaguers. Donovan grades high on two facets for any prospect: proximity and production. Toss in positional versatility and he’s a candidate to leave spring training with a spot on the big-league bench. An accomplished, high-average hitter in college, Donovan joined Burleson in the race up the affiliates this past summer, batting .319/.411/.449 in 50 games at Class AA and .288/.389/.496 at Class AAA. He’s got an advanced feel for the strike zone, comfort deep in counts, and a punchy swing. Watch the positions he plays during spring training as Cardinals test his range beyond second base. That means time at third. That could mean time in the outfield. The Cardinals, annually on the lookout for a lefthanded-hitting utility option, cleared the roster so Donovan has an avenue to contribute in 2022. As far as indications of the team’s evaluation of him, that ranks high.