St. Louis Cardinals: Rule 5 Draft Gains and Losses

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Major League Phase, Round 1

  • 4th Round: Colorado Rockies select Luis Perdomo, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 30th Round: St. Louis Cardinals select Matt Bowman, RHP, New York Mets

Perdomo’s departure is really no surprise. Baseball America and had listed him among the top talents available. He’s a live arm who could conceivably be a bullpen asset in Colorado.

But who is Matt Bowman? The Mets’ 13th round pick in 2012 is a 24-year-old Princeton alum who had his worst season, statistically, last year. His ERA at triple-A Las Vegas was a lofty 5.53, albeit in a hitter-friendly ballpark and league. Before that, however, he’d risen steadily through the Mets system, showing both durability and a knack for getting outs.

The righthander doesn’t do it with stuff. His fastball hovers around 90. With Bowman, it’s all about location and deception via his Tim Lincecum-like delivery. And he likes to absorb every little piece of information he can get his hands on. It’ll be interesting to see whether he can give the St. Louis Cardinals any kind of depth in the big leagues.

Next: Triple-A Phase