Instead of repeating game reports that have already been posted here, this week I looked at the current active roster of St. Louis to see who is playing in the show now but played in Davenport on their way to the Majors. Nine of the players on the current 25-man active roster were once here. Two others (Jaime Garcia and Kyle McClellan) are on the 60-day DL.
Closer Jason Motte played at Modern Woodmen Park in 2005 as a catcher and returned in 2006 as a pitcher. He may be one of the most successful conversions ever in the Cardinals' system. Motte was only in Davenport as a pitcher for a couple of weeks before moving up through the system. His record here was 1-1 with an ERA of 4.97. He made his first appearance in St. Louis in September of 2008, two years after his first official professional pitch.
|Cruz in 2007|
INF Matt Carpenter is another former River Bandit. He played in Davenport in 2009 in between stops at Batavia and Palm Beach. In 29 Quad Cities games, Carpenter had 105 at bats and averaged .295. He then spent 2010 in Palm Beach and Springfield. Last year, he started in Memphis and made his MLB debut in early June 2011.
INF Daniel Descalso had a very brief stop in the Quad Cities. He was on the playoff roster in 2007 but didn't record any stats while he was here. By the spring of 2008, he was at Palm Beach and never looked back. Descalso was a September addition to the Cardinals roster in 2010. I hesitated to add this paragraph, but he really WAS here for a few days!
|Greene in the powder blues|
OF Jon Jay joined the River Bandits after the 2006 draft. He was here for the last half of the season. The left-handed batter averaged .342 in 60 games and had 234 at bats. In 2007, Jay started his journey up through the system and made his first move to St Louis in April of 2010. Last year, he played in St. Louis all season and was a part of the championship club.
The real reason this story is being written this week is that RHP Trevor Rosenthal has been promoted to the Cards' bullpen just 10 months after being the go-to pitcher and helping the River Bandits win their first Midwest League title in 24 years. This is the quickest that any player (other than the occasional rehab start) has made the trip from here to Busch Stadium. Although he did not appear in Monday's win over the Brewers, it was a big night for the young hurler. He is two years younger than anyone else on the roster and he has never played for the Palm Beach Cardinals or the Memphis Redbirds. Congratulations, Mr. Rosenthal! You've made us proud!
Thanks for letting my buttons pop a little as I really am proud of Trevor – he is one of the guys that I've said is going to do great things in the game of baseball because he's a good pitcher, but mostly because he's a heck of a good guy!
I'm looking forward to having the team home for a few games this week and getting back to some scouting reports and interviews. If you have any suggestions or questions, please post them on the forum or send me a private message (sport61201).
Thanks for reading!
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