Today we continue our closer look at the Memphis Redbirds who were ranked among the Top 10 prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals organization by Baseball America. These players make up one of the deepest farm systems in the league and have the opportunity to make an impact at the big league level very soon, if they haven’t already.
Here is a glance at the next Redbirds prospect:
#4 Trevor Rosenthal
Rosenthal, who is said to have the “Best Fastball” in the Cardinals system by Baseball America, quickly rose through the Cardinals ranks in 2012, beginning the season with Double-A Springfield and making a pit stop in Memphis before finishing a successful season with the pro club. After being named a Texas League mid-season and post-season All-Star, he made three starts for the Redbirds in August of 2012, compiling a 4.20 ERA (7er/15.0ip) despite not receiving a decision. Rosenthal made four appearances out of the bullpen for the big league Cardinals prior to his stop in Memphis, allowing two runs in 4.0 innings, as well as one scoreless relief appearance with the Cards in between starts for Memphis. He was recalled to the majors for good on August 29.
Over the course of the season, Rosenthal made 19 appearances out of the Cardinals bullpen, finishing 0-1 with a 2.78 ERA (7er/22.2ip). He concluded the season by making seven consecutive scoreless appearances. Rosenthal was a member of the Cardinals postseason roster, where he pitched in three games of the National League Division Series against Washington and four games of the National League Championship Series against San Francisco. He threw a combined 8.2 scoreless innings in the playoffs, surrendering two hits while striking out 15.
Baseball America noted that half of Rosenthal’s fastballs in the postseason were clocked at 99 mph or faster. This electric fastball, along with his “hard curveball and solid changeup,” earned Rosenthal the #4 ranking among Cardinals top prospects. This spring, Rosenthal will be fighting with Joe Kelly and fellow top prospect Shelby Miller the No. 5 spot in the Cardinals rotation. If he doesn’t win the position in the rotation, Rosenthal could start for the Redbirds in 2013 or end up pitching out of the bullpen for the Cards.
Join us tomorrow at 2:30pm to learn more about Cardinals #7 prospect, first baseman Matt Adams.
Photo credits: Allison Rhoades / Memphis Redbirds