St. Louis Cardinals Best/Worst Case 2016: Trevor Rosenthal
My Prediction: Rosenthal continues his rapid pace in the Cardinals’ record books
When Rosenthal burst onto the scene with his breakout campaign in 2013, it was easy to see that the Cardinals had a special pitcher. It was also easy to see that it wouldn’t be long before he would take over that closer role.
I believe Rosenthal will continue his quick ascent in the Cardinals record books with another fantastic season in 2016. While it won’t come easy, I believe the right-hander will notch 51 saves this season moving him into that third place slot on the Cardinals all time saves list with 147. I expect the 25-year old to continue to improve on his walk rate this season by posting a 2.55 BB/9 as well as a 1.11 WHIP.
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Those aren’t unrealistic numbers, either. In 2013, albeit not as the closer, Rosenthal posted a 2.4 BB/9 and a 1.10 WHIP in 75.1 IP. So, the control has been there before for Rosenthal. It’s a matter of continuing to grow into the closer role and calming those nerves each time he takes the mound in the ninth inning for the Cardinals. I’m no major league closer, and I know calming those nerves and locating pitches is easier said than done. But I believe Rosenthal has the wherewithal to do just that in 2016 and become even more dominant moving forward in his career.
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Make no mistake, the Cardinals do indeed have something special with this hard-throwing right hander. So, sit back and enjoy the ride Cardinals fans. I expect Rosenthal to be closing out ballgames in St. Louis for a long time and even passing Izzy’s 217 saves record for the Cardinals by the age of 30.
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