Became a Cardinal
Selected in the sixth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Signing announced July 8, 2010.
Pitched extremely well in major league spring training camp. Progressed from Batavia at the end of 2010 to making 13 starts for Springfield by the close of 2011. His workload ramped up substantially, 50 percent over 2010, to 161 1/3 innings between Palm Beach and Springfield.
Logged a perfect record of 6-0 with an 1.54 ERA in eight games (six starts) for short-season Class A Batavia.
Finished 2010 junior season with an FSU season-high seven wins in 71 1/3 innings of work and 64 strikeouts, but also a 5.30 ERA. Gast possesses a fastball that sits 91-93 to go along with a power curveball. Had Tommy John surgery in 2008.
The Texas Rangers previously selected Gast in the fifth round of the 2007 draft.
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Top Prospect: 2014 #19, 2013 #20, 2012 #21, 2011 #28
The Cardinal Nation and Cardinals organization Pitcher of the Month: April 2013
Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week: 04/15-21/13
Cardinals organization Pitcher of the Month: July 2012
TCN/Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Rookie Starting Pitcher of the Year: 2010
TCN/Scout.com Batavia Muckdogs Starting Pitcher of the Year: 2010
New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week: 8/9-15/10
College Baseball Foundation National Player of the Year Watch List: 2010