Spring Training 2013 was not supposed to be an exciting one for the St. Louis Cardinals. A team that had made very few offseason moves was primarily set for the upcoming season. Then, an injury to a veteran starter opened up a door.
Cardinals prospect Michael Wacha
The injury to Chris Carpenter might have opened up a door but the depth within the organization has kicked it wide open. The arms in camp are plentiful and it will result in someone finding themselves in Memphis waiting for their time to arrive.
Thursday was the showcase of that talent at a very real level. The day started with all of the focus on the starting rotation and young hurlers Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller bidding to be the fifth starter for the club. They both reached their pitch counts and there was more baseball to be played, so manager Mike Matheny opened the doors to the trophy case and gave the world a glimpse of the future in St. Louis.
The first arm behind Kelly and Miller was that of flame thrower ...