Cardinals Prospect Interview: Sam Tuivailala

The St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect discusses his promotions in 2014, then MLB debut before heading to the Arizona Fall League.

To say that 2014 was a whirlwind season for reliever Sam Tuivailala would be an understatement.

After finishing 2013 at Class-A Peoria, the recently-turned 22-year-old with the upper-90s fastball was still at A-Advanced Palm Beach this Memorial Day. Shortly thereafter, a series of moves began while took Tuivailala to Double-A, then Triple-A, then St. Louis and finally to the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase – all within a span of four months.

While at the AFL, the former infielder not only was named to the league’s all-star contest, the Fall Stars Game, he also went on the lead the circuit in saves. The right-hander logged a 1.29 ERA while fanning 13 in 14 innings. He walked eight in the only blemish on his record.

In the following exclusive interview conducted before he pitched in the league championship game, “Tui” discusses his most eventful season and discusses the future.

What is Next

The Cardinal Nation’s extensive interview series from the Arizona Fall League will continue with infielders Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera and outfielder C.J. McElroy.

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