Azruavatar did a great job below taking a look at what he thinks will happen once the calendar turns to September and the minor league teams all end their season. The Cardinals only have two healthy minor league pitchers on their 40 man roster and considering how the Cardinals head honcho, Tony LaRussa uses pitchers, I expect more than Dickson and Cleto to be promoted in September. After the jump, let’s look at candidates to be dropped off the 40-man and who could be brought on.
Drop Candidates: Andrew Brown, Francisco Samuel. Each player will have to make it through waivers.
Samuel is hurt and hasn’t pitched well and has been oft-injured over the past few seasons. Would some other team take a chance on Samuel on their own 40 man roster? Seems unlikely.
Andrew Brown was called up and added to the 40 man roster earlier this year. He has had good numbers, but nothing outrageous and being limited to corner outfield positions and first base and already being 26 makes him both less attractive to other teams and the Cardinals would not be heartbroken to lose him.
Add/Callup Candidates: Jess Todd, Raul Valdes, Brian Broderick.
All three players have already been to the majors, so there is no risk of starting any clocks early.
Jess Todd has long ago stopped destroying worlds and with so many stops at so many places for such small amounts of time, it is really difficult to read anything into his numbers even when compressed to level by level. Todd has a career minor league 9.1 K/9 and a 2.7 BB/9 for ratio of 3.39 and he’s not far off that this year for Memphis with 2.71 K/BB. Todd has pitched solidly in the pen for Memphis and the St. Louis pen and Todd could probably both benefit from a some time together.
Raul Valdes is lefthanded and having been up in the majors for a hot second earlier this year, that could earn him a call up for September. Valdes is gone. I had forgotten that.
Brian Broderick has also been in the major leagues this year, his time with Washington after being picked in the Rule 5 draft. Broderick was touted a bit after a quality 2010 in Springfield. He’s only 24, his time with Washington although short, was not terrible with a 96 tRA+. The Cardinals risked exposing Broderick in the offseason and were rewarded with their gamble by having him returned to them. They will need to challenge him over September to see if they should keep or add him to the 40 man roster going forward.
I had a quick Twitter convo with Mr. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who seemed to insiuate that the Cardinals had cooled on Adam Ottavino, who may be headed somewhere else in the offseason for a change of scenery.