Cardinals prospect interview: Zach Petrick

The St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect discusses his eventful and successful 2013 and looks ahead to 2014.

The clear leader of the 2014 Springfield Cardinals rotation is right-hander Zach Petrick. After all, the 24-year-old is the reigning Pitcher of the Year across the St. Louis system, as named by both the Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation.

Despite an exceptional spring training, returning to Double-A Springfield to open this season was the card dealt to Petrick. This occurred despite him having allowed just one run in 12 innings to go with 14 strikeouts and just two walks following his return to minor league camp.

Earlier, in his initial big league camp, Petrick yielded six runs, five earned in 7 2/3 frames wearing St. Louis' uniform. It was an experience the Morris, Ill. native will always remember.

Petrick extended his success into his initial Springfield start. In five innings at Hammons Field on April 4, he held the San Antonio Hooks scoreless on two hits. Petrick struck out eight and issued just one free pass. On Thursday night, he faced the Hooks again on their turf and again kept them off the board. This time, Petrick exited after 5 2/3, having allowed two hits and three walks, and three strikeouts. He departed with the lead, but his club had to play 14 innings to finally prevail.

The following interview was conducted between Petrick's first and second outings. We discuss 2013 one last time and set up his current campaign.


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

Previously posted Springfield interviews:
Manager Mike Shildt
Shortstop Aledmys Diaz
Pitcher Kurt Heyer

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