Apr 29, 2010, 8:45 AM EST
Jaime Garcia claimed the Cardinals’ final rotation spot with a standout spring training and is 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA through four starts after shutting out the Braves for seven innings Wednesday.
Garcia struggled to consistently throw strikes in the minors after Tommy John surgery in 2008, but so far at least control hasn’t been an issue and the 23-year-old rookie’s raw stuff is good enough to miss bats and induce ground balls.
He’ll no doubt go through some rough patches eventually, but Garcia has No. 2 starter upside in a rotation that already boasted a pair of aces in Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, not to mention a resurgent Brad Penny.
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