Going deep with Cards reliever Seth Maness

The St. Louis Cardinals ground ball specialist speaks about his whirlwind success as a major leaguer.

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.

Maness scored his first invitation to major league spring camp in 2013 as a non-roster invitee. He was one of the final cuts and after four starts with Memphis, the 11th round selection by the Cardinals from East Carolina University in 2011 made his MLB debut on May 3.

The Cardinals knew Maness had impeccable control as evidenced by his 18 total walks in 247 2/3 innings pitched as a minor league starter. What they may not have been able to forecast is his success at inducing key ground balls, and especially double plays.

With the Cardinals, the 6-foot-0, 190-pound North Carolina native is first among National League relievers with 14 double plays induced and a 2.29 twin killings per nine innings ratio.

Maness has 17 holds, retired 40 of 55 first batters faced and just seven of his 47 inherited runners crossed home. That 14.9 percent inherited runners scoring rate is tied for third-best in the league.

Maness had a 14 2/3 inning scoreless streak that ran from July 30 through August 24. He is tied for eighth in the league with his five relief wins.

Like his rookie bullpen mate Kevin Siegrist, Maness has the unique distinction of not having returned to the minors once he reached St. Louis.

In the following exclusive audio interview, Maness discusses his rapid ascension to St. Louis – how he got there and why he hopes to stay.


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