As many St. Louis Cardinals fans know, right-handed pitcher Seth Maness was promoted to the major leagues for the first time on Monday. The control artist was hailed by some as a welcome change-of-pace from the upper 90’s throwers getting considerable attention in the Cardinals bullpen.
Others, however, scoff at Maness’ 90-ish mile per hour fastball and compare the former 11th-round draft pick to another accomplished minor leaguer who spent considerable time recently with the Cardinals, Brad Thompson.
I don’t see that as a negative at all. Consider the reality that Thompson spent parts of five seasons in the majors, including as a member of the 2006 World Champions. The former 16th-round draft pick pitched in over 405 innings in 201 games, including 32 starts, logging a career ERA of 4.46.
As a minor leaguer, Thompson moved onto the radar screen at Double-A. He became a starter in 2004 and began that year with 49 consecutive scoreless innings for Tennessee, setting a Southern Leag...