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Cardinals calling up top prospect Michael Wacha

May 28, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Making official what was expected, the Cardinals announced that they will call up top prospect Michael Wacha to start Thursday against the Royals.

Wacha was the 19th overall pick in last year’s draft out of Texas A&M and has been incredibly good in the minors with a 1.71 ERA and 74/19 K/BB ratio in 74 innings.

He’ll debut after 20 total appearances as a pro, including just 11 starts, but Wacha’s timetable was pushed up thanks to Chris Carpenter, Jake Westbrook, Jaime Garcia, and John Gast all being injured.

Coming into the season Wacha ranked as a top 100 prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com and he posted a 2.05 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A, although his 34/15 K/BB ratio in 53 innings was underwhelming.

  1. blues1988 - May 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    wacha wacha

    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTNohwJ87J72oePKN7pwWEVbi6WH8XpQUeGdDqgiy3AaHq-yDTGCg

    • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      That was my thought too.

  2. okwhitefalcon - May 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I’m happy to see the Cards going with the best available option, and it’s great to have options.

    I’ve got no idea if he’s ready but I’m going to enjoy watching his debut, wasn’t too excited about the possibility of a the alternatives being mentioned.

  3. markofapro - May 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    What about Rosenthal?

    • blues1988 - May 28, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      he’s doing too well in the 8th inning i’d say. Plus they’d have to send him down to the minors ( like they did w/ carlos martinez), in order for him to have the strength and stamina for the starter role.

  4. 13arod - May 28, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    now watch him get hurt

  5. spudchukar - May 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Cards need to make an adjustment to their 40 man roster. But I think they can move Jaime Garcia to the 60-day DL, and that will open a spot for Wacha.

    Rosenthal might have a future as a starter, but since he has been used so much already, asking him to make a move to starter, would be awfully taxing. He is a drop and drive type, but as Blues wrote he has settled into the 8th inning role quite well, and with Boggs still floundering, choosing Wacha is probably the best move. It isn’t ideal, he could use more seasoning, but the Cards brass doesn’t have many other available options.

  6. markofapro - May 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Thanks for info.

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