No Oscar Taveras, no problem for the St. Louis Cardinals, as a number of exciting and talented young prospects have been recently called up to “The Show.”
It starts with Kolten Wong, who has provided a spark to the Cardinals' previously dim offense since his call-up last week, according to general manager John Mozeliak.
“It’s been something we had been thinking about for some time,” Mozeliak said, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I thought he was ready for the big leagues. It was just about when we could get him in here.”
Mozeliak tossed around the idea of waiting until Sept. 1 when rosters expand, but ditched the idea in an attempt to jumpstart his club.
“The way things had been going, we felt maybe getting a little energy back on this club made some sense,” Mozeliak said, courtesy of the Post-Dispatch.
He was right.
Since Wong’s promotion, he has done nothing but provide a jolt for the Cardinals, who have gone 4-2 since his arrival. What’s more, Wong is 5-for-10 with a run scored and a double in his last two games against National League Central foe Milwaukee.
Perhaps even more impressive is Wong’s aggression on the bases. Wong, who will turn 23 in October, has swiped three bases in six games as a big leaguer. He’s just three shy of Matt Holliday, who leads the team with six on the season.
Other youngsters who have been recently called up include pitchers Michael Wacha, Tyler Lyons and Kevin Siegrist.
Wacha, the organization’s No. 2 overall prospect, has appeared in four games this season, including one start this month. Wacha notched his second career win in an 8-5 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday.
Lyons, who is 2-4 with a 5.09 ERA in eight appearances, appears to be finding his groove on the mound. He worked two innings of relief in the Cardinals’ 6-3 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday, allowing one hit, a walk and striking out two.
Siegrist has been a constant staple in the bullpen for manager Mike Matheny this season. In 28 appearances, the 24-year-old right-hander is 2-1 with a 0.69 ERA. He’s allowed just two earned runs, as opponents are hitting just .106 off him.
The excitement will continue as the rest of the season unfolds for these future MLB stars.