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Adam Wainwright / RHP / starter

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Wainwright throws a repertoire that consists of the four most common pitches in the game today. However, it's the results of his repertoire that makes him an uncommon ace righthander. Adam starts everything with his fastball, a pitch that flies anywhere between 90-95 mph, depending on what type of movement he's looking for. He has the ability to throw a 2-seam variety that gets good run, while also pumping a 95 mph 4-seamer up in the zone. Wainwright will then mix up his breaking balls between a mid to upper 80s slider and a devastating 12 to 6 curveball. Adam's fourth pitch is his changeup, although it appears to be equally as effective as any of his other offerings. Wainwright posesses excellent command of all four of these pitches, giving him the ability to dominate major league hitters.

Wainwright was a first round draft pick out of high school in 2000. After a few successful seasons in the Braves system, he was dealt for J.D. Drew in 2003. The Cardinals, quite intelligently, broke Wainwright into the major leagues by using him out of the bullpen in 2006. He pitched well that season, and ended up closing in the playoffs after Jason Isringhausen went down with an injury. He went on to close out all three postseason series, including throwing one of the most famous pitches in New York baseball history, when he froze Carlos Beltran with a backdoor curveball to end game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. In 2007, the Cardinals placed Wainwright in their rotation, where he quickly established himself as one of the more reliable pitchers in the game. 9/28/09 CSJ

*fastball(89-95), curve(72-78), slider(84-89), changeup(80-82)

 

Kyle Lohse / RHP / starter

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Lohse throws the four standard pitches and gets standard results. However, his stuff has always looked good with solid velocity and movement. His fastball sits in the low-90s and can hit 95mph. He likes to backdoor his curveball to LHs and throw his slider away to RHs. Lohse's changeup may be his best pitch, getting decent sink and deception. 7/1/08 CSJ

*fastball(88-94), curveball(73-77), changeup(80-85), slider(82-85)

Kyle McClellan / RHP / reliever

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Kyle McClellan was an average minor league starter until TJ surgery knocked him out of action. He came back as a relief pitcher and quickly rose through the Cardinals system. His fastball is a heavy low-90s pitch and he uses a biting 12-6 curveball. Kyle breaks off many tight "slutter" pitches, a pitch that could be called a cutter or a slider. Lastly, he deals a straight changeup to LHs. 5/1/09 CSJ

*fastball(90-92), slider(86-89), curve(75-77), changeup(84-85)

Mitchell Boggs / RHP / reliever

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Mitch throws a fastball, curve, and changeup. His fastball can sink or cut, depending on which side of the plate he's going with it. To his arm side, his ball sinks and tails. To his glove side, his fastball cuts. Boggs throws a curve for his breaking ball. It's a standard 12-6 pitch. Lastly, Boggs has trouble commanding his changeup, it often sails up and away towards his arm side. 7/25/08 CSJ

*fastball(89-96), curve(74-78), changeup(80-84)

Trever Miller / LHP / reliever

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Miller is a lefthanded specialist that has a simple selection of pitches. He throws a fastball in the mid-upper 80s and a weak slider off of that. His changeup doesn't vary more than 7 or 8mph from his fastball. However, he'll never give in to hitters, preferring to walk a batter before throwing one down the chute. 10/21/08 CSJ

*fastball(83-87), changeup(77-79), slider(73-77)

Chris Carpenter / RHP / starter

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Carpenter's had a strange career experience. He's been a first-round draft pick, an injured prospect, released by the Blue Jays, a Cy Young Award winner, a World Series champion, an injured super-star, and now a veteran making a comeback.

Chris' repertoire is still strong, starting with his heavy, low-mid 90s fastball. Carpenter features a tight slider and a sharp 12-6 curveball as secondary pitches. I've noticed Carpenter mix in some split-finger pitches in 2009, but he's never been one to rely on his off-speed stuff. 6/15/09 CSJ

*fastball(90-95), slider(85-88), curve(73-77), splitter(85-86)

Ryan Franklin / RHP / closer

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Franklin has always experimented with different pitches and still uses a bunch of them. His steroid aided fastball touches 95mph at times, but it's his breaking pitches that make him successful. He throws a curveball for strikes early in counts, then uses a cutter inside on LHs. To RHs, Franklin likes to use a slider away. I suspect all of his off-speed pitches are splitters, and he has abandoned his changeup. 5/1/09 CSJ

*fastball(89-92), curve(76-78), slider(85-87), cutter(89-90), splitter(82-84)

Jason Motte / RHP / reliever

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Motte is an extremely hard thrower. He's dealing a 95+mph fastball consistently and racking up Ks at every professional level. Motte has shown a decent slider that could be lethal after his 97mph fastball. Motte also pre-grips a splitter but I haven't seen him throw it yet. Jason began his career as a catcher in the minor leagues. Unfortunately for him, he racked up Ks as a batter too. 5/1/09 CSJ

*fastball(95-99), slider(84-86), splitter

Dennys Reyes / LHP / reliever

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Reyes used to bring all kinds of cutters and slop to the mound. Now, strictly as a reliever, he throws a fastball, slider, and changeup. His velocities may vary on these pitches depending on the outing. The changeup often flies in only a few MPH slower than the fastball. 5/16/09 CSJ

*fastball(89-91), slider(83-85), changeup(83-87)


 


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