Cardinals prospect interview: Anthony Ferrara

The St. Louis Cardinals Double-A left-hander pitched out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League.

Because the St. Louis Cardinals could have only one starting pitcher on the roster of the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the organization had to make a choice.

Should they put left-hander Anthony Ferrara in the rotation or select right-hander Sam Gaviglio instead?

The former is more experienced, having spent the entire season at Double-A Springfield, where he threw right at 100 innings. The latter has been no higher than A-Advanced and has been slowed by injuries since joining the organization two years ago.

To get Gaviglio more work, the decision was made for him to start, with Ferrara working in relief.


In the AFL, Ferrara pitched 7 1/3 innings over eight appearances and gave up four earned runs on just four hits. The 24-year-old walked seven, however, and struck out eight while holding opposing hitters to a collective .154 average.

Perhaps Ferrara tired a bit as the fall went on as five of his free passes were issued over his final three outings. He kept the opponent off the scoreboard in six of his eight appearances, but finished with a 4.91 ERA.

According to PITCH/fx data from his October 30 stint, Ferrara threw three pitches – fastball, changeup and curve. His fastball was his predominant offering, maxing out at 88.1 mph.

In this exclusive interview, Ferrara discusses his Cardinals career to date, including his recent time in the AFL.


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