St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Preview: Mark Worrell

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IJune 3, 2008

Mark Worrell has been closing games well for a long time now, and it's about time the Cardinals found him a spot on their MLB roster. After winning the Cardinals' Rolaid Relief Man award as the best relief pitcher in their minor-league system, Worrell has succeeded at every level he's pitched.

Although he spent this season setting up the younger Chris Perez at AAA Memphis, Worrell was still lights out, with an ERA barely above one.

THE PLAYER:

Worrell has had success in the minors. If you can't tell already, I've been annoyed that it took the 'Birds this long to bring him up. He has a decent fastball that can hit the mid-90s, and a better two-seamer that runs in on righties. I haven't heard much about his off-speed stuff to this point. 

He uses an unorthodox delivery to baffle right-handed hitters, but lefties don't exactly crush him, either.

THE FUTURE:

I've thought for quite some time that Worrell could be a big-league player. I don't think he has the stuff to be a closer, but his tough mentality and valuable experience shows that he's definitely a great fit at the end of a ballgame. I think Worrell can be a good setup man in the MLB, if not a closer. At the very least, he has the chance to be a good situational reliever.