In 2012, St. Louis Cardinals prospect Seth Maness was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, which was a pretty impressive accomplishment considering Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez were all members of the Cardinals minor league system in 2012.
Maness won the award because of his consistent performance and approach, which differs from that of the Cardinals' other high profile prospects in that he does not try to throw the ball through the catcher. Maness uses a more traditional approach of throwing strikes, changing speeds and keeping hitters off balance with a devastating sinker.
Maness has used that sinker thus far in his first few appearances with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 and in fact, is using it so well that he is re-defining the term efficiency. Maness is 2-0 during his short stint with the big club and has tossed 3.1 innings while throwing only 18 total pitches.
Seth Maness: 9.56 K/BB in roughly 2...