OK, I'll admit it, I'm a big fan of Seth Maness.
He isn't one of the Cardinals top prospects. He barely cracked Baseball America's top 30 for the Cards, coming in at #23.
He doesn't have a power arm. While guys like Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn and Carlos Martinez can all throw in the upper 90's, Maness tops out at 90 mph, on a good day.
But what Maness does have that most power pitchers lack is pinpoint control. We're not talking the "good" control label that scouts often use to describe pitchers who walk maybe 2 batters per 9 IP. No, we're talking PINPOINT control, as in 0.7 BB/9 in his 247.2 minor league innings.
Last year, Maness pitched 169.2 innings and walked just 10 batters, giving him a 0.5 BB/9 as well as an incredible 11.20 K/BB ratio.
Color me impressed.
So, when the Cardinals announced that Maness would get the call to try to help sort out the Cardinals bullpen issues, my thoughts went back to another Cardinals control artist, Bob Tewksbury.