The St Louis Cardinals are leading the pack in the MLB, and its due in large part to their pitching. But this year, it hasn’t always been the pitchers you might expect who are getting the job done. The St Louis organization have done its best Old Macdonald impersonation, and now the Cardinals have themselves quite a farm, yielding an impressive crop of young pitching talent.
Shelby Miller, the 22 year old rookie from Houston Texas, is well on his way to becoming a household name for baseball fans everywhere. An ace in the making for the Cardinals, Miller is making a case not just for Rookie of the Year honors, but also possibly for the NL Cy Young award. Miller boasts 8 wins already in the young season, along with an impressive 2.08 ERA – currently 2nd in NL – and 96 strikeouts.
But the emerging talent on the mound for the Cardinals doesn’t begin and end with just Shelby Miller. The Cardinals lead the league in wins from rookie pitchers with 13, and youngsters like Michael Wacha, Tyler Lyons, and John Gast have each contributed in big ways while starting for St Louis, despite each having a limited number of chances.
Kevin Siegrist, another rookie, has also done a remarkable job coming in relief from the bullpen. He has only been tested in 6 games so far, and only averaging about 1 inning of work per chance, but Siegrist has yet to allow a run, while earning 10 strikeouts. The Cardinals will certainly continue to look for ways to increase his workload in the near future.
The St Louis Cardinals have shown that it doesn’t matter who they put on the mound, they have the talent and the depth to get the job done. Such a large amount of pitching talent waiting for a more permanent chance in the big leagues will also put the Cardinals’ organization in a great spot as teams begin to look ahead to the trade deadline. With so much veteran talent already on the payroll, the Cardinals have seemingly unlimited options, and could be the center of a lot of trade rumors this summer. St Louis will definitely be a team to watch in the coming weeks as they continue to develop a new generation of baseball stars.