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Spring Stats: 3 G, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
The No. 19 pick in last June's draft, Wacha has created more buzz this spring than perhaps any other player in the league as he's been nothing short of dominant.
That's right in line with how he pitched after signing last summer, as he made 11 appearances and posted a 0.86 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 21 innings of work, climbing three levels and reaching Double-A.
He's been praised league-wide on his early returns this spring, but no praise may be more telling than that of catcher Yadier Molina (h/t MLB.com):
"I think that guy, right now, can pitch in the big leagues. That's the way I look at it. He has great stuff. He has a great presence on the mound. He has great command, a great attitude."
Awfully high praise coming from someone of Molina's stature, and while the 21-year-old is all but a lock to open the season in the minors, he could be knocking on the door by midseason.