Buy or Sell: St. Louis Cardinals’ 2022 Bullpen Projections

Giovanny Gallegos of the St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Aaron Brooks

Brooks 2022 Projection: W-L: 0-0, ERA: 3.60, SV: 0, IP: 5, SO/9: 14.4, BB/9: 0, WHIP: 0.60

Verdict: Sell

After signing a minor league deal with St. Louis in January, Aaron Brooks has pitched his way onto the 40-man roster and will break camp with the club to start 2022. Brooks has not pitched in the big leagues since 2019, but the 31-year old has spent the last two seasons as a starting pitching in the KBO.

Whenever Baseball Reference made their projections, Brooks was not on their radar as a potential arm for the club to rely on. But with injuries to other players and a strong Spring Training so far, Aaron Brooks has made his presence known.

Depending on the health of the bullpen and where Brooks falls on the pecking order in Marmol’s bullpen, expect Brooks to have a very similar ERA in 25-30 innings of work. His K/9 will likely dip closer to 10 and BB/9 will surely rise, but as groundball pitcher who rarely allows walks, he should be able to maintain a solid WHIP.

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