If the 23-year-old continues on his current trajectory, St. Louis Cardinals fans may become familiar with him soon, however.
In 2012, Stoppelman joined short-season State College out of the draft and excelled. He was named a New York-Penn League All-Star and The Cardinal Nation's top reliever at State College and across the entire system last summer.
After participating in early minor league spring training camp, Stoppelman broke camp with Palm Beach, skipping Peoria. By Memorial Day, he earned a promotion to Double-A Springfield.
Believe it or not, Stoppelman's Texas League numbers are even better than his Florida State League results – lower ERA (1.29 vs. 1.50), batting average against (.155 vs. .184) and walk rate (3.34 vs. 3.75 per nine innings), plus a higher strikeout rate (from 9.75 to 11.3 per nine).
In the following exclusive interview, Stoppelman talks about his success to date and even shares the background behind his unique nickname.
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