In my travels around the net, I have seen an increased level of interest on the point of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez being prepared this spring as a starter. In fact, he will get the ball in the team’s Florida opener on Friday, February 28. (Full spring schedule is here.)
Some, looking from a different vantage point, have extended that to suggest the organization would send the right-hander to Triple-A to start the season in the rotation or even hint the talented 22-year-old could join St. Louis’ starting five.
While either of those could happen, I don’t see them as the most likely initial scenarios.
The Cardinals have a group of young pitchers, groomed as starters, for whom there is no rotation room. Last spring, both Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal were prepared as starters, just as is Martinez currently. In fact, Rosenthal was given the ball as the starter in the Cards’ 2013 Grapefruit League opener.
As camp progressed, Shelby Miller captured the final rotati...