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No Kyle Lohse In St. Louis – No Problem: Young Pitchers Are Thriving For The Cardinals

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The Cardinals entered Spring Training in 2013 with an open spot for their fifth starter. Shelby Miller took full advantage of the opportunity, posting a record of 2-0 and an ERA of 3.94 in 16.0 IP. The Cardinals are definitely looking toward the future with Miller. At just 22 years of age, he is currently their fifth starter, but has the potential to become the ace of the staff in the matter of a couple of years.

The Cardinals entered Spring Training in 2013 with an open spot for their fifth starter. Shelby Miller took full advantage of the opportunity, posting a record of 2-0 and an ERA of 3.94 in 16.0 IP. The Cardinals are definitely looking toward the future with Miller. At just 22 years of age, he is currently their fifth starter, but has the potential to become the ace of the staff in the matter of a couple of years.

By Landen Crouch (Cardinals Correspondent)

If you are interested to know why the Cardinals would be so quick to let their best starter from 2012, Kyle Lohse  just walk away to a division rival, you might be interested in this article.  

The Cardinals made it very clear when the 2012 season ended that it was unlikely that Kyle Lohse would return to a Cardinal uniform in 2013.

 In a year that had Chris Carpenter sitting for an injury and Adam Wainwright in his first year back from Tommy John Surgery, Kyle Lohse emerged in 2012 as the ace of the Cardinals pitching staff.  He led the team with a (16-3) record and a 2.86 ERA.

But in the offseason, Lohse hit the Free Agent market asking for a hefty amount of cash.  The Cardinals simply were not willing to pay that price.  Why, you ask?  Because the Cardinals ownership have restructured their Minor League affiliates over the years and are loaded with pitching prospects.

Shelby Miller’s dominant outing against Kyle Lohse and the Brewers:

Trevor Rosenthal, 22, was called up mid-season in 2012 and made his major league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 18th. By season's end, he had appeared in 19 games. He posted an ERA of 2.78 and had a high strikeout total of 25 in just 22.2 Innings Pitched. Rosenthal has a high velocity fastball that allows him to be very effective out of the bullpen late in games.

Trevor Rosenthal, 22, was called up mid-season in 2012 and made his MLB debut against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 18th. By season’s end, he had appeared in 19 games. He posted an ERA of 2.78 and had a high SOt total of 25 in just 22.2 IP.  Rosenthal has a high velocity fastball that allows him to be very effective out of the bullpen late in games.

A few of those pitching prospects, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal, just happened to get some Major League experience toward the end of last year.  The St. Louis Cardinals organization was confident that one of these two could win a spot in the Starting Rotation in 2013, so that is the direction they decided to go.

Spring Training 2013:

So it was Spring Training.  The Cardinals already knew that Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, and  Jake Westbrook  would all be a part of their Starting Rotation.  

What had not been decided on yet was who the 5th Starter would be.  It was a 3 – way battle between the young arms of Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, and Joe Kelly. Ultimately, Shelby Miller would win out and earn the job as the Cardinals 5th Starter.

Although Rosenthal and Kelly are perfectly capable of being starting pitchers in Major League Baseball, Miller winning the starting gig for the Cardinals works out best for the team this year.  

Miller is the long term project that the Cardinals ultimately want to be the ace of the staff when he gets a little bit more experience.  He is just 22 years old and will have plenty of time to develop into his full potential.  He has potential to be the next Chris Carpenter or Adam Wainwright at the top of the rotation.

For the 2013 season, it works out best to have Miller be the 5th Starter and have Rosenthal and Kelly in the Bullpen.  Trevor Rosenthal is a great addition to the Cardinals bullpen because of his style of pitching.  

He is a strikeout pitcher with a high velocity fastball.  Rosenthal regularly hits 97 MPH on the radar gun with his fastball, and has occasionally hit triple digits in his short time in the big leagues.  The Cardinals will need his firepower for those late – Inning, high-pressure situations.

With the long-term project looking like the Cardinals want Shelby Miller to be an ace someday, it is important to go ahead and get him some big league starting experience now.  And that is exactly what the Cardinals are doing.

So far in 2013, Shelby Miller has been quite successful.  In 5 Starts, Miller has posted a record of (3-2), with a 2.05 ERA.  Miller has only given up 7 Earned Runs in his 30.2 Innings Pitched.  The reason for his 2 losses are a significant lack of run support.  This is a sensational line for a guy as young as he is.

Shelby Miller is an ace in the making, and will fill in nicely as a for departed pitchers until it is his turn to lead the pitching staff as an ace.

Here's some irony for you.  In Shelby  Miller's second start of the season, he faced off against former Cardinal Kyle  Lohse in St. Louis.  Lohse had a very good game that night, but was still out-pitched by the youngster.  Miller threw 7.0 innings, giving up just 1 Hit, 0 Walks, and he had 8 Strikeouts on the night.  He pitched the Cardinals to a 2-0 victory over their ex-teammate Lohse. Even with the departure of Kyle  Lohse and the loss of Chris  Carpenter in 2013, things look to be headed in the right direction for the Cardinals pitching staff.

Here’s some irony for you. In Shelby Miller’s second start of the season, he faced off against former Cardinal Kyle Lohse in St. Louis. Lohse had a very good game that night, but was still out-pitched by the youngster. Miller threw 7.0 Innings, giving up just 1 Hit, 0 Walks, and he had 8 Strikeouts on the night. He pitched the Cardinals to a 2-0 victory over their ex-teammate Lohse. Even with the departure of Kyle Lohse and the loss of Chris Carpenter in 2013, things look to be headed in the right direction for the Cardinals pitching staff.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of www.mlbreports.com and their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our Cardinals Correspondent Landen Crouch.  Landen is a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.  He has followed them almost religiously since he was 7-Years-Old.  In recent years, though, he has discovered how deep his passion for the game of baseball is.  His dream is to visit as many ballparks as he can in his lifetime. 

Landen does not currently cover sports professionally, but as a hobby.  He is studying Vocal Music Education at Arkansas Tech University and is his final year in the program.  He is set to graduate in December of this year.  Follow and Interact with Landen on Twitter

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About LandenCrouch

My name is Landen Crouch. I am a husband, dad, and follower of Christ. I work as Worship Pastor and Youth Pastor at The Refuge Church (myrefugechurch.tv) in Russellville, AR. I am passionate about Jesus, leadership, and just about all things sports.

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