Ryan Sherriff has to be the most anonymous rising star in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Named the only Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast League All-Star last season, the left-handed relief pitcher followed with another starring role, helping Team Israel win its World Baseball Classic qualifying round last fall.
The 26-year-old’s 2016 season did not end there. Next stop was the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase, where Sherriff competed despite a painful sinus condition that required off-season surgery. Left unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft in December, he went unselected, ensuring his return to St. Louis for 2017.
While Sherriff did not pitch for Israel again this spring in the WBC, instead he had success in a more important place. He quietly impressed in his first big-league camp with St. Louis and was one of the final cuts. Sherriff seems positioned to potentially replace one of his close friends, Dean Kiekhefer, as the first lefty to be called up to St. Louis.
In the following interview, held before leaving Cardinals spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida, Sherriff recaps his last year and looks ahead.
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