I have a question: Where is Trevor Rosenthal? Since being called up on July 16, Cardinals’ pitching prospect Trevor Rosenthal has only made three appearances out of the bullpen, and I don’t understand why, considering he has given up no runs and two hits over four innings pitched. While I’m all for adjusting players to the Major Leagues, it does not make much sense for a guy like Rosenthal to be spending time at the Major League level if he is not going to pitch. He has a lot of talent and a lot to offer, but clearly manager Mike Matheny does not have enough confidence in him quite yet to put him in a pressure-filled situation.
It seems to me he would be far better suited to spend some more time down in AA-Springfield, get some more appearances, and then come back to St. Louis, because as of right now, I feel like he is just taking up a roster spot. By keeping him up here and not letting him throw, it is simply to be delaying his development as a Major League pitcher. If Rosenthal had three poor outings, I might be sitting here with a different message, but so far he has been great, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be pitching more often.
In 17 starts for AA-Springfield this season, Rosenthal was 8-6 with a 2.78 ERA.