Cardinals 2025 Bullpen
Right-handers (5) – Ryan Helsley, Andre Pallante, Brad Boxberger, Inohan Panigua, Michael McGreevy
Left-handers (3) – Matthew Liberatore, Zack Thompson, Connor Hjerpe
Some familiar names and some new faces, which tends to happen with bullpens year to year.
Ryan Helsley will be in his last year of team control in 2025 and should be at the peak of his powers that he honed in on this season. Helsley has been arguably the best reliever in baseball, and there is no reason to believe he won’t be closing down games in 2025.
Pallante and Thompson have been stand out relievers in this year’s bullpen, and although both have starter potential, I see both as playing major roles in the bullpen for years to come. Both have already shown the ability to get outs in major spots, and have the ability to go 2-3 innings in a given relief appearance, making them extremely valuable options in the pen.
Liberatore, Hjerpe, and McGreevy are also starting pitching prospects, but with higher upside arms like Hence and Graceffo as well as the likelihood that St. Louis brings in veteran starts to compliment them, these three will likely fight with Matz for the 5th starter spot and be relegated to the bullpen if they do not beat him out. These names could also be trade bait going forward, but for now I have them as parts of the Cardinals staff.
Boxberger has a lot of experience in the NL Central and will be a free agent before 2025, making him an intriguing target for St. Louis to hold down the fort in the middle innings and provide another veteran option. Panigua may be a new name to many fans. He is the Cardinals 13th ranked prospect and his stuff looks to be that of a future reliever in the majors.