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February 16, 2013

Don't forget the last wave of Young St. Louis Cardinals pitchers when the bullpen picture is painted.

While the Cardinals have a herd of young power arms in camp, some older prospects could still be a factor in spring training.

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Looking at the Cards from a fan's perspective

The Cardinals will likely have to make some choices this spring between their new young pitchers and some "old" young pitchers.

Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs, Edward Mujica, Randy Choate and Marc Rzepczynski would seem to be shoe-ins for for five of the seven bullpen slots available. Then there is the matter of Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly who are fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation. It's conceivable that the two who don't make it could end up in the bullpen, too.

If that happens, what do the Cardinals do with Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez. They both had their share of problems last year. But they have too much talent to throw them on the scrap heap. I sat behind home plate last year in spring training while Sanchez was on the mound. And I'm not sure that I have ever seen nastier stuff. His breaking balls were making hitters flail like they were blindfolded.

While it seems like it was aged ago that Sanchez and Salas emerged as makeshift closer and set-up man in 2011 when Ryan Franklin's career went belly up. But they're still young enough to be considered up and comers. Sanchez turned 24 this week. Salas is 27.

Then there is still the matter of Victor Marte trying to stick back in the big leagues. Barring injury, it looks like there isn't going to be enough room in the bullpen for all the guys who deserve a shot.

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Scott Wuerz has reported for the Belleville News-Democrat since 1998​. He writes about the St. Louis Cardinals from a fan's perspective in his Cheap Seats blog.

Contact him at swuerz@bnd.com.

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