The St. Louis Cardinals made a move that brings up a little youth into a bullpen that could use a spark and should excite fans at the same time.
The revolving door that is the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen has continued its ways. Today, the Cardinals optioned Mike Mayers back to AAA and recalled Luke Weaver. This will be Weaver’s second stint with the team, his first this year.
Mayers’ second stint with the Cardinals was nearly as short as his first. When Mayers got the call to join the big league club, it left fans scratching their heads, wondering if he was really the best option. In two appearances Mayers posted a 4.50 ERA in four innings.
Luke Weaver getting the call is something to excite the fans. Of all the options the team has seen in that revolving bullpen spot, Weaver is the most interesting. The Cardinals #3 prospect, and MLB.com #56 prospect, has been dominant in Memphis thus far in 2017.
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In 11 starts, Weaver has posted a 1.93 ERA on his way to a 7-1 record. To go along with his impressive ERA, Weaver has also posted over a strikeout per inning and a .96 WHIP.
After spending some time up in the majors last season, Weaver has shown he is ready for a second chance.
The role Weaver will fill is still up in the air. Will Weaver take over for Tyler Lyons and be the multiple innings guy or will it be different?
If a pitcher needs to skip a start, then Weaver could perfectly slide in and give fans a glimpse into the future of the rotation.
This move is an exciting one and continues to show that this team is not afraid to lean on the young guys, much like how they have leaned on Paul Dejong. At this point in time, no obvious openings in the starting rotation seem readily available. However, if Michael Wacha hits the skids again, then Weaver may find himself as a fixture in the rotation.