Prime Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean’s peak is up there with the best in franchise history. He would be a force to be reckoned with on the mound of the virtual diamond.
Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean is undoubtedly one of the top pitchers in Cardinals’ history. His peak with the team was from 1932-1936, and he was good enough to get a statue out in front of the stadium, which seems like good enough reason for him to be in the game in the first place.
Dean’s most attractive quality would be his pitching stamina. Over those five years, he averaged 306 innings per season, maxing out 325.1 in 1935. With a renewed emphasis on stamina for pitchers in this year’s game, that would be huge for getting a bunch of innings out of him.
Although his strikeout numbers aren’t on par with the fireballers of today’s game, his minuscule 1.5 BB/9 in 1935 would lead to fantastic control on his pitches, which would likely be four or five different offerings.
Dean likely wouldn’t be one of the more popular pitchers in the game, solely due to his low strikeout numbers. But players who prefer control over velocity would love to use this Cardinal great.