Despite a wealth of young power arms in their system, the St. Louis Cardinals continue to be interested in adding pitching, according to reports.
According to Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, the Redbirds were one of several teams to send a scout to watch Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello pitch in a minor league game Wednesday.
Porcello, whom the Cardinals could have drafted when he was taken with the 27th pick in the first round in 2007 (they instead took shortstop Pete Kozma with the 18th overall selection) has been openly shopped by the Tigers this spring.
Rosenthal argues that the Tigers ought to keep Porcello because he has shown signs that he might be on the verge of pulling together his tremendous talent and turning his ability into results.
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Only 24, Porcello is 48-42 in the majors. He's oddly traded 14-9 seasons with 10-12 years in the first four campaigns of his career.
Porcello has five pitches, a two seam fastball, a four seem fastball, a curve, a slider and a change-up. With that sort of arsenal and a reputation for pretty good command, the young hurler should put together some better results. It's possible a tweak to his mechanics that makes them more repeatable could turn him into a legitimate front of the rotation starter.
When he was in the minors, the pitcher was compared to Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt. That sort of hurler wouldn't be a bad find at all.
The only problem is that the Tigers are apparently asking the moon for Porcello at this point. And there are several other team interested.