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Pressure rises on Cards to rush prized arm

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07:14 AM ET 05.21 | In the course of a week, the best starting staff in baseball has become something of an uncertainty. [The] temptation for most amateur general managers in Cardinal Nation is to accelerate the future and rush last year's first-round draft pick Michael Wacha up from Class AAA Memphis. Well lead us not into temptation. At least not yet. ... [After positive reviews from Memphis], the 21-year-old righthander is the obvious move of every fantasy-league loving fan who doesn't have to consider anything beyond the right here and the right now. Luckily, the real GM in this game, John Mozeliak, doesn't run the Cards like that. He's willing to show a little more patience with Wacha. At least for now.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mike Matheny, US Presswire Mike Matheny, US Presswire
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May 21, 2013  08:09 AM ET

I Think he meant, Lead Us Not Into Penn Station!!!

May 21, 2013  08:52 AM ET

This time last year the 21 year old was pitching for A&M in the regionals of the CWS, so the GM is doing the right thing by letting him polish his skills this year in Memphis and be ready for 14.

May 21, 2013  09:20 AM ET

I would be a fool to question whatever decision the Cards organization makes. They know their business and do it as well or better than anyone in MLB.

May 21, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I would be a fool to question whatever decision the Cards organization makes. They know their business and do it as well or better than anyone in MLB.

Great post, and I agree. This isn't a panic situation. Yes there are injuries, but the team is dealing with them, and the W-L record is 28-15. No reason to rush Wacha.

May 21, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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This time last year the 21 year old was pitching for A&M in the regionals of the CWS, so the GM is doing the right thing by letting him polish his skills this year in Memphis and be ready for 14.

Agreed. There is a big difference between blowing away college kids who won't even be drafted as opposed to AAA players.

May 21, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Cardinal management is thinking what is best for cardinals and their talent in minors. Too many times organizations impapatient to try to improve ball club in an effort to get from 3rd or4th place to get to 2nd or 3rd place they rush up that talented pitcher. they put him in the game right away, ends up getting shelled. they take him out and let bull pen finish the game. 5 days later they start him again and again he gets shelled. Finally team realizes the kid just is n't ready for ML hitters. They send him back to minors his confidence shattered and occassional never achieves talent he was projected for.

May 21, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I would be a fool to question whatever decision the Cards organization makes. They know their business and do it as well or better than anyone in MLB.

Spot on homie...

This team LOST the best player in baseball and were close to another World Series again last year...

They let Lohse walk and replaced him with Miller and kept on chugging.

This team has one of the best farm systems in baseball and their GM has made fantastic moves.

Just wish Jerry Jones would do more of this....lol....

May 21, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Hell, put him out there. You're in a pennant race, and the young guys are all doing fine.

I don't think so. Bring him up now and he'll gain a years service time and be arbitration eligible after 2015. That's why clubs bring they're guys who are "likely ready" in June. Can't remember the exact date.

May 21, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Wacha Wacha

May 21, 2013  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I don't think so. Bring him up now and he'll gain a years service time and be arbitration eligible after 2015. That's why clubs bring they're guys who are "likely ready" in June. Can't remember the exact date.

good stuff

May 21, 2013  01:15 PM ET
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I don't think so. Bring him up now and he'll gain a years service time and be arbitration eligible after 2015. That's why clubs bring they're guys who are "likely ready" in June. Can't remember the exact date.

Very good. THE date is June 1st.

He would not qualify for arbitration until completing his third full season in 2016, and will not be a free agent until the end of the 2019 season.

Before June 1st, if a player is not sent back down, it would start the countdown as a full season.

May 21, 2013  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hell, put him out there. You're in a pennant race, and the young guys are all doing fine.

the cards shouldn't bring up their top prospect to the majors,,unless otherwise,should the cards rotation falters??then the birds could have a use of the top prospect in no time!!!!

May 21, 2013  01:40 PM ET

we can't said the same thing about the thin minor league system from the halos,,,this year in two months along,the halos had use 22 pitchers and still more to come,the question is how far can their thin farm system can hold up???because angels are in deep hole and can't have the same type of luxury as the cards!!!!

May 21, 2013  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This time last year the 21 year old was pitching for A&M in the regionals of the CWS, so the GM is doing the right thing by letting him polish his skills this year in Memphis and be ready for 14.

is a wise move by the GM,should the organization bring him earlier??they may hurt him unstead of helping him!!!!

May 21, 2013  02:10 PM ET

not need to rush the rookie,,,lets preserve the factor surprise,,something good is about to happen!!!

 
May 21, 2013  02:12 PM ET
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Very good. THE date is June 1st.He would not qualify for arbitration until completing his third full season in 2016, and will not be a free agent until the end of the 2019 season. Before June 1st, if a player is not sent back down, it would start the countdown as a full season.

that's why,,teams are smarted,,they only have to wait another 11 days at most!!!

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