The Cardinals are surely the deepest team in baseball. When a player goes down, it always seems that they can just plug in a player from the minor league system who is just as good. When Matt Adams recently went on the disabled list, superstar prospect Oscar Taveras was promoted to the major leagues. This past week the Cardinals saw three players go on the disabled list. With this recent rash of injuries, their depth will be tested.
The first player to head to the disabled list was second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong struggled early in the season to live up to his high expectations and was sent down to the minor leagues. But after being promoted back to the majors, Wong saw his average consistently rise as he was constantly on base. With his loss the Cardinals will look to plug in veterans to hold down the position until he returns.
The other two players who were injured were starting pitchers Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha. After losing much of last season due to injury, Garcia’s injury is especially troubling. Through seven starts this season, the left-hander has gone 4-1 with a 4.12 ERA. In losing Wacha, the Cardinals lose one of the brightest young arms in the game. Through 15 starts this year, the 22 year old has gone 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA.
In the absence of these two pitchers, the Cardinals will use two pitchers who are part of their organization. One player who will step into the rotation is former bullpen arm Carlos Martinez. For years, Martinez has been viewed as one of the top arms in the game and even been called “little Pedro” for his resemblance of Pedro Martinez. His hopes to use his blazing fastball to get ahead of hitters and keep them off balance. The other pitcher that they are planning to call up is Marco Gonzales the clubs 2013 first round draft pick. Gonzales has dominated AA and has become one of the best pitchers in the organization. Through 13 minor league starts this season, he has put up a 1.89 ERA allowing only 16 earned runs all season.
The depth of the Cardinals is easy to see. But with three injuries in one week, the Cardinals and the rest of baseball will get a chance to see just how much depth they really have.
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