Cardinals prospect interview: Sam Gaviglio

The St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect discusses his 2013 return and what may be ahead in 2014.

Not every pitcher can follow a Michael Wacha trajectory and be in the majors 15 months after being drafted. The year before, in 2011, not only was right-hander Sam Gaviglio from Oregon State the first pitcher taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in that draft, the organization's fifth-round selection was the only hurler they called out in the first seven rounds.

Kolten Wong (1st round) and Seth Maness (11th round) have already reached the majors from the 2011 class. But for Gaviglio, however, progress has been slower. As is the case with many college hurlers, he did not pitch other than a couple of token appearances the summer he was drafted.

In the Midwest League in 2012, Gaviglio made 23 starts and threw 133 innings, but missed 3 ½ months of time with A-Advanced Palm Beach last summer due to a right forearm strain. Healthy by the end of the season, the Oregon native was called upon to make six starts in the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase.

He parlayed that into an invitation to his first major league spring training camp as a non-roster player. In three St. Louis games covering 5 1/3 innings, Gaviglio allowed two earned runs on seven hits. He logged four strikeouts and walked two before being reassigned to minor league camp on March 14.

After two starts for Double-A Springfield to date, Gaviglio has taken two defeats. He yielded three runs in four innings followed by a second outing in which four runs scored over five frames. That makes for an even 7.00 ERA over his first nine Texas League innings. Gaviglio has 10 strikeouts but also seven walks. His next start is scheduled Friday night at home against Arkansas.

The following interview was conducted between Gaviglio's first and second regular season outings. We discuss his journey since being drafted and what may be ahead.


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

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

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