The Cardinals on Wednesday bombed the Mets with 12 runs in a spring training game at Port St. Lucie.
But the star of the show for the Cardinals wasn't the batsmen who paced the team to a 12-4 win. It was second year pro pitcher Michael Wacha who dominated in three innings of work with five strikeouts, one hit and no walks allowed.
Wacha stormed through the St. Louis farm system last year after being drafted out of Texas A&M University. He started in rookie ball and after one start with seven strikouts and four hits allowed over five innings he was given a shot with the Advanced Class A Palm Beach Cardinals. There he pitched eight innings and allowed one hit while striking out 16. Wacha then made the jump to Class AA Springfield where he pitched another eight innings. He allowed three hits while whiffing 17 batters.
His reputation as one of the most polished pitchers in the 2012 draft seems to be well deserved.
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The 21-year-old Wacha, who is 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, seems to be on the fast track to the major league rotation.
At the plate for the Cardinals Wednesday, Jon Jay, Justin Christian, Shane Robinson and Matt Adams each collected two hits.
Lance Lynn started the game and pitched pretty well with the exception of a two-run homer allowed in the first inning. He struck out three and allowed four hits in two innings of work.