Cardinals prospect interview: Kurt Heyer

The Springfield Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect discusses his career to date and his Double-A introduction.

The 2014 Springfield Cardinals rotation is a mix of returnees to the Double-A level (Zach Petrick, Seth Blair and Jonathan Cornelius) and newcomers. The latter group includes two starting pitchers up from A-Advanced Palm Beach – Sam Gaviglio and Kurt Heyer.

The latter, coming off a 124 innings-pitched 2013 during which he logged a 3.41 ERA and a short but effective two-inning cameo in 2014 major league camp, received a special honor. Heyer was named by manager Mike Shildt and pitching coach Randy Niemann to start the Texas League opener.

Unfortunately, it was not a strong debut. The right-hander allowed three runs on two doubles and two singles in the first and a three-run long ball in the fifth, yielding eight hits in all to go with seven strikeouts, but no walks, in 4 2/3 innings.

It was much smoother sailing in his second start. On Tuesday afternoon, Heyer spun seven innings of one-run ball on just four hits and a walk. He fanned four. Unfortunately, he lost out on a win as the inexperienced Springfield pen could not hold a four-run lead.

In between the two outings, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder spoke about his development over the almost two years since he was drafted in the sixth round in 2012. Among the things we learn is what he likes and what he despises.

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Coming soon: Other upcoming interviews from Springfield include Jonathan Rodriguez, Gaviglio, Petrick, Patrick Wisdom and coach Packy Elkins.

Previously posted Springfield interviews:
Manager Mike Shildt
Shortstop Aledmys Diaz



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