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Michael Wacha, RHP
Current Team: St. Louis Cardinals
2013 Minor League Stats: 15 G, 15 GS, 2.65 ERA, 85 IP, 65 H, 26 R, 25 ER, 19 BB, 73 K
Wacha has garnered a lot of attention with his 94 mph fastball and his 6'6" size. His first spring training showed traces of greatness, and after a quick rise through the minors, Wacha made several starts for the Cardinals in late May/early June. He pitched 17.2 innings, putting up a 4.58 ERA.
He'll be rejoining the club to start against the Chicago Cubs Saturday night, and we can expect much of him in the Cards' future.
Carlos Martinez, RHP
Current Team: Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
2013 Minor League Stats: 13 G, 13 GS, 1.87 ERA, 62.2 IP, 51 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 23 BB, 54 K
The electric pitcher had been waiting for a chance to show his stuff in St. Louis when an injury to Shelby Miller opened the door for a recent spot start. Previously, he's gained some experience with the big league club in the bullpen.
In the majors this year, he's had a little trouble. He's pitched 16 innings and has a 6.19 ERA. But if he can adjust, he and his fastball (averaging 96 mph) are going to be very valuable.
John Gast, LHP
Current Team: Memphis Redbirds (AAA) (DL)
2013 Minor League Stats: 7 G, 7 GS, 1.16 ERA, 38.2 IP, 28 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 35 K
When Jake Westbrook went on the disabled list this year due to elbow inflammation, it was John Gast who was called up. He was, unfortunately, pulled from his third start and has since had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.
He has a deceptive changeup, and his status as a lefty makes him valuable. It will be exciting to see what happens when he makes his inevitable return.