Cardinals add new Pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals invited three more pitchers to big league camp on Tuesday.

Left-handers Brad Furnish and Katsuhiko Maekawa will join right-hander Shaun Garceau when pitchers and catchers report on February 14.

The most interesting of the three might be Garceau. The 28th ranked prospect in the Cardinals minor league system according to the Birdhouse, he pitched admirably as a 20-year-old in the Florida State League. Especially tough at Roger Dean Stadium, he posted a 4-1 record with a 1.69 ERA.

Brad Furnish was originally selected in the second round of the 2006 MLB First Year Player draft. Furnish struggled with consistency at Palm Beach before pitching well after a promotion to Double-A. The Cardinals rewarded him with a trip to the Arizona Fall League where he seemed to take a step back. The hitters in the AFL batted .323 against him contributing to his 7.47 ERA. Furnish struggled with his command as well, finishing with a 12-to-7 strikeout to groundball ratio.

Katsuhiko Maekawa was signed as a minor league free agent earlier this winter. Maekawa was signed after getting knocked around in the Venezuelan Winter League though the Cardinals scouts must have seen something in the 30-year-old.

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