Cardinals 2013 spring interview: Seth Maness

The organization's Pitcher of the Year discusses his 2012 as well as his first Major League camp.

2012 was a whirlwind year for Seth Maness. One year after a solid rookie season during which he was moved up twice, ending in Palm Beach, the 24-year-old was named the St. Louis Cardinals organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The Cardinals 11th-round selection from East Carolina University started the 2012 season at Palm Beach before quickly ascending to Springfield. In Double-A, Maness was a key contributor to the Cardinals' post-season run to the Texas League championship.

Maness ranked third in the Texas League in ERA (3.27) and led the league with a 1.06 WHIP (walks+hits/innings pitched). Despite not arriving in Springfield until May 21, the right-hander still accumulated enough wins to place second in the league (11).

His full-season totals were a 14-4 with a 2.97 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP. Maness' workload of 169 2/3 innings pitched ranked sixth in all of Minor League Baseball. He earned All-Star berths in both leagues – Florida State League at mid-season and Texas League second-half.

Maness scored his first invitation to major league spring camp in 2013. The non-roster invitee remains with St. Louis with less than 10 days remainng in camp. Though he does not have a realistic chance of joining the Cardinals yet, Maness has made a strong showing.

In the exclusive audio interview that follows, Maness speaks about his last year and his 2013 spring training experiences.


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