It isn’t often that a player begins the season in Class-A, only to receive two in-season promotions and conclude the year with an invitation to the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase.
That is precisely how 2015 unfolded for St. Louis Cardinals right-handed reliever Robby Rowland.
Rowland, 23, has a bit of an unusual background for a Cardinals prospect in that he began his career with another organization. Arizona’s third-round pick in 2010 moved to the Pirates organization for the 2012-14 seasons before joining St. Louis as a free agent this March.
Playing down a level in the Midwest League compared to his prior two seasons in the Florida State League led to success - to the point Rowland was named a MWL All-Star with Peoria. A promotion back to the FSL, this time to Palm Beach, then Double-A Springfield occurred before Rowland’s stint in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
In the AFL, Rowland got off to a rough start, allowing a grand slam in his second outing that negatively skewed his results. Other than that, he yielded just two earned runs in 10 1/3 innings, including picking up three saves. Overall, Rowland fanned 10 and walked four in 11 1/3 frames with a 4.76 ERA.
From the desert, the free-spirited Rowland spoke about his background and his 2015 progress on the mound.
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