Voyles Picks Up First Save

The 29 year old non-roster invitee is making the most of his opportunity in Florida.

The 29 year old right-handed pitcher, Brad Voyles is making the most of an opportunity with St. Louis this spring.

Voyles tossed 2.2 shutout innings in the Grapefruit League opener on March 2nd, vs. the New York Mets, allowing three hits and fanning four in his first appearance.

Sunday, Cardinals' Manager Tony La Russa brought Voyles in to close the game and he immediately disposed of the Florida Marlins, three up three down to pick up his first save.

The Cardinals win today improves their spring training record to 2-2.

Voyles started 14 games for Triple-A Columbus last season and had a 5-3 mark with a 4.85 ERA as a starter.

Brad appeared in 40 games in the majors with the Kansas City Royals, from 2001-03. His major league record stands at 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA, 3 starts.

Voyles owns a minor league career record of 24-19 and a 3.06 ERA in 201 minor league games. (31 starts)

The right-hander is one of the non-roster invitees that Cardinals' pitching coach Dave Duncan has been impressed with early on.

Prior to the start of the B game on Sunday, Duncan indicated to me that he was very impressed in the condition of the non-roster invitees as they reported to camp.

It's too early to draw any conclusions based on the 3.2 innings that Voyles has pitched. But clearly he has made a good first impression.

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