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Cardinals demote Marc Rzepczynski to Triple-A

Apr 29, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Suddenly that video from last week in which Cardinals teammates unsuccessfully tried to spell Marc Rzepczynski‘s name isn’t so funny.

St. Louis has demoted Rzepczynski to Triple-A following a rough start to the season that included the left-hander allowing seven runs on 13 hits in eight innings.

Rzepczynski hasn’t been in the minors since 2010 and at age 27 heads there now with a 4.17 ERA in 242 innings spread over 175 appearances. He was acquired from the Blue Jays in mid-2011, but was inconsistent enough last season that the Cardinals signed Randy Choate to serve as their primary left-handed specialist.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Seth Maness called up it seems.

    Brad Thompson’ish, band aid on a broken arm bullpen.

    Trickle down effect of Motte’s injury is glaring – inexperience, overexposure and ineffectiveness making for quite the bonfire.

    All or nothing offense is helping matters either, plenty of blame to go around.

    • bfunk1978 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Perfect summary of April in St. Louis.

    • forsch31 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Maness is a good sight better than Thompson ever was. Extreme control artist (10 walks in 169.2 innings and 27 starts last year) with decent enough tools to be effective (a low 90s fastball with sink, solid change-up). Still, I’m surprised they didn’t call up either Jon Gast or Tyler Lyons, who are both lefties.

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        No offense intended here Forschie, but we have no idea of how good (or bad) Seth Maness will be on the major league level so any declaration of him being better than Thompson is a bit silly.

        I’d assume Gast wasn’t called up do to availability, he pitched yesterday I believe.

        No clue on Lyons.

        My guess is the Memphis shuttle has just started.

        As Dalton said in Road House:

        “It’ll get worse before it gets better”.

      • forsch31 - May 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Should I point out that that kind of reasoning also makes your declaration that Maness is Thompson-ish just as silly?

        Both Thompson and Maness had minor league careers in the St. Louis system, and to be perfectly blunt, there’s plenty of performance to measure both against each other at similar stages in their respective careers. Thompson never had the kind of control that Maness does, nor has any other pitching prospects in recent memory. Maness’s SO/BB rate last year in Double A was 9.22, which means for every single walk he gave up, he struck out a bit more than 9 batters. Sure, that’s Double A, but according to the Viva el Birdos blog this morning, nobody has put up that kind of numbers in the Texas League since 1972, which is as far back Baseball Reference lists the stat. (Thompson’s was a more average but still good 5.1 in his Double A season, while his minor career rate was 4.1 compared to Maness’ 9.56.)

        It’s easy to compare Thompson to Maness, because both are essentially low-velocity-fastball pitchers with two pitches, but that would ignore the fact that Maness has had historically low walk rates throughout his career and has better tools to make the transition to the majors. They are not the same kind of pitching prospect.

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    What? We all just agreed on a spelling…

  3. b453841l - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Oddly enough, the letter combination “aaa” appears nowhere in Rzepczynski’s last name.

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