Jun 1, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State pitcherLuke Weaver
(7) delivers a pitch during the Tallahassee regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament atDick Howser
Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
5. Luke Weaver
Enter the wild card of the organization. Weaver was the Cardinals’ first round draft pick from the 2014 draft. Weaver has the potential to be like the Cardinals’ previous two first round picks (Marco Gonzales and Michael Wacha) and make the major league team in his first full professional season. Weaver only pitched 9.1 innings last season before the organization decided to shut him down. There is not a lot on Luke out there yet as he has pitched very little in the organization. However, Luke had a solid career at FSU including pitching in the College World Series last year. Luke in his last two seasons at FSU had a combined record of 15-6 with an ERA of 2.47. Luke features a solid fastball but suspicion about his breaking ball is what lead him to fall to the Cardinals at 27 in the 1st Round of the MLB Draft. If Luke can develop a hang for his breaking pitch and maybe an off-speed pitch then don’t be surprised to see him shoot through the organization this season like Wacha and Gonzales before him.
Cardinals fans prepare for a fantastic season and watch for these players to have a role in that somehow someway.