Friday marked the debut of Brad Penny in a Cardinals uniform. But, with Penny experimenting with his pitches, the spotlight fell on prospect Lance Lynn, 23, who dazzled the Mets for three innings.
For Lynn, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound righty who was 11-4 with a 2.92 ERA for Class AA Springfield, retired all nine hitters he faced in a row. Rotoworld predicts after the performance that Lynn could be the Birds fifth starter by the All-Star Break.
Chosen 39th overall by the Cardinals in the 2008 draft, Lynn made it to Class AAA Memphis for a cup of coffee at the end of the season. There Lynn made one start, pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed five hits and three walks while striking out nine. He allowed two earned runs for a 2.70 ERA. Overall, Lynn is 12-5 with a 2.62 ERA as a professional.
Brad Penny wears the uni of his boyhood hero Ozzie Smith. It's still weird, after seeing him in Marlins, Dodgers, Red Sox and Giants togs over the years, to think of him as a Cardinal. (AP photo)
Penny pitched two innings and allowed six hits and three runs before giving way to Lynn.
St. Louis infielder Julio Lugo leaps to throw out a runner in the fourth inning of the Cardinals Friday Grapefruit League game against the Mets. (AP photo)
Also making his Cardinals debut was lefty Ben Jukich who was a Rule 5 pickup from the Reds. Jukich was wild in his two innings pitched with several balls in the dirt -- although he only walked one. He gave up two hits and a run to take the loss in a 7-3 setback to the Mets.
Offensively, Julio Lugo and Colby Rasmus led the way with two hits in three at bats. Matt Holliday doubled with a pair of walks in his three plate appearances while Albert Pujols was 0-2 with a run driven in.