As many St. Louis Cardinals fans already know, right-handed pitching prospect Trevor Rosenthal has been promoted from Double-A Springfield to the big league bullpen. Maikel Cleto was optioned to Memphis, with Jaime Garcia being moved to the 60-day disabled list to clear a 40-man roster spot.
The unusual move has led to a number of questions today, so I decided to jot down my thoughts here.
What does this say about Rosenthal’s recent past?
It indicates to me that the organization is pleased with his progress since his impressive spring training in major league camp. With Springfield recently, Rosenthal has been walking fewer batters and pitching deeper into games, both very positive. He was the organization’s May Pitcher of the Month and made the Texas League All-Star team. There was a minor scare earlier in the month when Rosenthal injured his lower back in the weight room, but he returned strong after missing just one start.
What does this say about Rosenthal today?