21-Year-Old Pitcher – St. Louis Cardinals
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The 21-year-old Flaherty may not have the upside of some of the other pitchers in the St. Louis organization, but he achieved a good deal of success at High-A in 2016. The former first-round pick post...
Jack Flaherty Contract Information:
Signed with the Cardinals in June 2014.
Flaherty, 20, hurled seven scoreless innings Sunday for High-A Palm Beach. He scattered five hits, did not walk a batter and fanned four.
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St. Louis Cardinals Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAAnna, Dean (SS)
AACaldwell, Bruce (2B)
A+Alcantara, Sandy (P)
AArozarena, Randy (OF)
RookieCarlson, Dylan (1B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Despite missing almost two months with a back injury at the start of the season, Flaherty managed to pass his first test pitching in a full-season league with flying colors. The 6-foot-4 righty posted a 2.84 ERA (2.83 FIP) with a 1.29 WHIP and 97 strikeouts in 95 innings with Low-A Peoria. He probably should have been challenged with a late-season promotion to the Florida State League, as his four-pitch mix was more than enough to dominate Low-A hitters. Flaherty will get his chance with High-A Palm Beach to start his age-20 season, but this may not be a one level per year arm, as the Cardinals might want to see how he fares in the upper levels at some point in 2016. A first-round pick in 2014, Flaherty has three pitches that could reach plus status, giving him a No. 2 ceiling, with the realistic floor of a No. 4 starter.
The Cardinals took Flaherty in the first round of the 2014 draft, inking the 6-foot-4 righty with a bonus well over the slot value for the No. 34 pick. He's several years away from contributing at the big league level but the Cardinals spent a lot to keep him from going to North Carolina for college. He was able to get in six starts in the Gulf Coast League for the Cardinals, posting an impressive 1.59 ERA and 28 strikeouts in just 22.2 innings as an 18-year-old. He could take some big steps forward in 2015, his first full year where his focus will be entirely on pitching, and if he can finish the season in High-A for the Cardinals it will be a great sign of things to come.