The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to take advantage of the elimination of their top farm club from the Class AAA playoffs by calling up several more players Monday to bolster the September big league roster.
According to mlb.com, the additions are likely to include familiar faces like infielder Greg Garcia and pitchers Eric Fornataro. But another guy who could get the tap is fireballing righhander Sam Tuivailala.
He started the season in High Class A Palm Beach and graduated to Springfield by the middle of the year. Then Tuivailala was added to Memphis' roster for a 1 1/3 inning cup of coffee before the Redbirds saw their season come to an abrupt end.
In all, Tuivailala threw 60 innings in 2014, allowing 48 hits with 27 walks and 97 strikeouts. He had a 3.15 ERA and a 2-2 record.
He was a third round draft choice in 2010 and could be the latest power arm to make it though the Cardinals system to the major leagues. Because of where he started the season, it is unlikely that the Redbirds would promote Tuivailala if they didn't think he is ready to be a major leaguer.
He's got the potential to be an option when the Cardinals need to get out of a jam with a strikeout in the short term. But in the long term, Tuivailala could change the complexion of the St. Louis bullpen where incumbent closer Trevor Rosenthal has not only struggled at times this year -- he's also made no secret of the fact that he'd like to be a starting pitcher.