In fact, coming off a 7-8, 4.96 campaign at Tucson last season, MacLane was passed over for a spot in major league spring training camp as a non-roster invitee. The 6-foot-2, 193-pounder was hoping for a change and received one when the St. Louis Cardinals acquired him on April 25th for future considerations.
Though he initially thought he might pitch out of the Memphis bullpen, MacLane's first action with his new club came as a starter on Friday night. He pitched impressively, defeating the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines. MacLane struck out eight batters in six innings, allowing just five hits and one run.
"He did an outstanding job," pitching coach Blaise Ilsley told MiLB.com. "He kept them off-balance, threw strikes, mixed his pitches well, and for his first game here he did very well...Tremendous job."
In this audio interview, exclusively for Scout.com subscribers, MacLane discusses his transition on and off the field since the trade, his strengths as a player, his winter ball experiences in the Dominican and Venezuela and much more!
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