The two standouts that the St. Louis Cardinals have thus far this season are young players: Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams. Both lead the team in WAR and are effective hitters, if not amazing ones.
It is too early to say just how amazing, but look at this: Matt Adams leads the team with 3 home runs and is just destroying the ball. I could list his God-like power numbers or wRC+, but it’s pointless. The guy is just off to a great start. Matt Carpenter has seen a lot more playing time and we can derive more info from it: his updated ZiPS projection is 3 WAR and he leads the team in batting average. Him being able to hold his own at second base as well as play third base with some at times flashy defense make him a very excellent player. Is he the next Ben Zobrist? I certainly hope so!