Matthew Leach brings us the details of the Cardinals’ 40 man additions today. The Cardinals add right handers Adam Ottavino and Chuckie Fick to the roster as well as left hander Sam Freeman. Notably absent is David Kopp.
Ottavino’s likely role in the big leagues is as a reliever at this point. A first round draft pick in 2006, Future Redbirds has a long history with Ott including a 2008 interview that erik did. If you want a more recent scouting report, here’s my review of his start (from video) in 2010. While he hasn’t been mentioned as frequently, Ottavino is likely near the top of the depth chart for callups next year should the major league club need to fill a relief spot due to injury.
Chuckie Fick is a better version of Brad Thompson who features a heavy sinking fastball and a slider to complement. Here’s an old interview that erik did with Fick. There was a brief meme that I do not like Fick — it’s funny but just a joke.
Sam Freeman’s inclusion on this list probably says more about the state of left handers in the Cardinals’ system than it does about Freeman. He is the most advanced left hander in the minors but is also not far removed from TJ surgery. 2008 interview
The Rule V draft is scheduled for December 8th. Any minor leaguers on the 40 man roster are protected from being selected during that process. We’ll have more details on the Rule V draft as it approaches.