DOB: 07/01/1991 (Age 24)
Place Of Birth: Iowa City, Iowa
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Wacha was born in Iowa City, Iowa to Karen and Tom Wacha. Born an Iowan, but raised a Texan, Wacha has three siblings including two brothers and a sister. Wacha was an all-around great kid in high school in Texarkana, Texas, excelling academically as well as being a significant contributor for the varsity baseball and basketball player for three years. Wacha was an all-district baseball player his senior year and an all-state pitcher his junior and senior years.
After accepting a scholarship offer to play baseball at Texas A&M University, Wacha quickly began to dominate the Big 12 Conference as a pitcher and led the Aggies to a berth in the College World Series in his sophomore year. During his sophomore year, Wacha was named a Third-Team All-American and Second Team All-Big 12. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Wacha with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, a pick they acquired from the Los Angeles Angels as compensation for losing Albert Pujols.
Wacha was able to make his was up through the minors at an extremely rapid pace and make his MLB debut just 364 days after making his last start for Texas A&M. From that point on, Wacha seized his opportunity, shining on the mound in St. Louis and even contributing with his bat, getting his first major league hit in his first ever at bat.
In his 3 seasons with St. Louis, Wacha would outduel Clayton Kershaw to help the Cardinals reach the World Series, pitch in a World Series, and work his way up to the top of the rotation when Adam Wainwright went down with an injury in 2015. In 2016, Wacha looks to continue his success after posting many career-best numbers last season.
As A Player
Position(s): Starting Pitcher
Bats: R Throws: R
Career W/L Record & ERA: 26-14, 3.21
Michael Wacha has had a very successful career so far with the Cardinals, and a large part of that success is due to the command of all of his pitches. Wacha can paint the corners while not losing much velocity on his fastball and while not losing much break on his changeup. The changeup has been reported by many MLB scouts to be devastating, and the fastball falls in the 90-94 MPH range. Although Wacha has not been injury-free in his career, he is known to have good stamina out on the mound and can go deep into a game for Mike Matheny if needed.
In 2016, Wacha will look to continue his dominance at the top of the Cardinals rotation and maybe take a few more innings off with the addition of Mike Leake and the return of Adam Wainwright. Taking a few innings off that arm might help Wacha remain healthy for a full season and remain effective for the Cardinals in late October.