JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Skip Schumaker #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a portrait during Photo Day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 24, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) By Mike Ehrmann
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Skip Schumaker #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws the ball during fielding practice at Roger Dean Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) By Joel Auerbach
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 01: Outfielder Skip Schumaker #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on March 1, 2010 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) By Doug Benc
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Skip Schumaker knows the big league life won't last forever, that one of those high draft picks will eventually take his job. Helping those kids get ready, he believes, is part of his job.
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak envisions Schumaker as a super utility player this season, capable of starting at second base where he's been the regular the last two seasons, and at all three outfield spots. The Cardinals are giving Tyler Greene, a first-round draft pick in 2005 and perennial prospect, every chance of winning the second base job.
Schumaker, the second base starter most of the last three seasons, knows nothing is settled yet for this season. Whatever happens, he's determined not to sabotage the process.