5 pitchers the St. Louis Cardinals could target this offseason

Miranda Remaklus
Mike Maddux of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the top step of dugout during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on September 05, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brewers defeated the Cardinals 6-5. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
Mike Maddux of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the top step of dugout during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on September 05, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brewers defeated the Cardinals 6-5. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 01: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 01, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 01: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 01, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Jon Gray

Jon Gray has long been an intriguing pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Even after struggling in an injury-plagued season for the Colorado Rockies, Gray still seems like an arm you want to give a shot.

Gray was 8-12 on the season with 29 games started for the Rockies. He threw 149 innings, giving up 58 walks and striking out 157.

Gray uses a mix of a four-seam fastball, slider, changeup, and a curveball. His used his fastball a majority of the time as it averaged 94.9 mph with 19.2 inches of vertical drop and an active spin of 96%. His slider averaged 86.7 mph with 32.7 inches of vertical drop and an active spin of 31%. The changeup averaged 87.6 mph with 28 inches of vertical drop and an active spin of 98%. His curveball averages 76 mph with a filthy 56.6 inches of vertical drop and an active spin of 80%. His swinging strike rate for 2021 was 28.7%.

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As with any player arriving from the Colorado Rockies, you wonder how he will adapt away from Coors Field to the humid summers of St. Louis. Teams will be hesitant with Gray due to his lower numbers in 2021. Given his history, and hopefully a good relationship with Nolan Arenado, Gray may be an interesting option for the Cardinals.

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