The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Phillies were one of four teams scouting the Cardinals minor leagues, in particular pitchers Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha. Martinez was reportedly part of a trade offer to the Chicago White Sox last week for shortstop Alexei Ramirez that was declined for some unbeknownst reason.
Wacha, 22, is the second best prospect in the Cardinals system behind No. 2 overall prospect Oscar Taveras and 18th overall prospect in all of MLB. The 6'6" 210 lbs. righthander has a fastball that consistently sits at 94 mph with a slider and a change up that both could turn out to be average-to-plus pitches as he develops. He pitched at Texas A&M and is not far away from the big leagues. He is 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 13 starts in Triple-A this season but is also 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in three starts at the Major League level.
The 21 year-old Martinez has been compared to Pedro Martinez numerous times as the six-foot righthander has a fastball that tops out in the upper 90s to go along with a plus curveball and a changeup that dies at the plate. Scouts believe he can be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher in the future. This season between Double-A and Triple-A, Martinez is 4-2 with a 2.05 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 11 starts. He is ranked as the third best prospect in the Cardinals system and 26th overall.
We discussed Martinez as an option last week if the Cardinals are interested in Jimmy Rollins but the news today that Rollins won't waive his no-trade clause squashes that idea. One player the Cardinals could look to add is Cliff Lee but I think that possibility is a long-shot at best. I try not to get too excited about any of these Cardinals prospects ever playing for the Phillies although I can dream if I want.
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