Tall, lanky and blond, the 23-year-old looks the part of a future star and is even a Missourian. The native of Pleasant Hill and University of Central Missouri joined the Cardinals organization in the 24th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Stoppelman moved quickly in 2013 after finishing in the short-season New York-Penn League. He skipped over the Class-A Midwest League, then breezed through the A-Advanced and Double-A levels before ending the regular season just one step away from the majors – in Memphis.
This fall, in nine AFL relief appearances for Salt River covering 9 1/3 innings, the left-hander struck out 12. He yielded three earned runs on four hits and held opposing hitters to a .143 batting average. Stoppelman doubled his ground outs over fly ball outs. Nine walks stands out as the only possible negative.
In this exclusive interview, Stoppelman discusses his pitches, delivery, background and much more.
Thank you!: This concludes our annual interview series with Cardinals coaches and prospects that competed in the Arizona Fall League, exclusively for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation.
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