"I think that guy, right now, can pitch in the big leagues," Yadier Molina on Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha.
And with that, the hype begins...
Selected 19th overall in the June 2012 draft, Wacha pitched primarily out of the bullpen last year while reaching AA. He posted an impressive 0.86 ERA in 21 IP, while striking out 40 and allowing only 12 baserunners.
He has carried over that success to Spring Training, allowing just one unearned run in 5 IP, while striking out 8 and allowing just 2 hits. His command has been impeccable so far, with no walks allowed this spring after posting a 40/4 K/BB ratio last year.
After yesterday's 3 inning, 5 K performance, Wacha is creating quite a buzz in Cardinals Nation.
But could he really win the 5th starter job?
Short answer: No, and here's why.
Despite all his polish and his early dominance of mostly minor league players, Wacha is still a work in progress. As Joe Strauss says, he breaking pitch needs refinement and the safest pla...