(Busch Stadium) After holding the announcement for the last couple of days, St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt has revealed who will make the start for the team on May 29th at Philadelphia.
“Génesis Cabrera will start on Wednesday” Shildt shared. “The reports we’ve gotten from Memphis have been very positive. There’s been multiple people down there that clearly we trust. We trust our player development group and our front office. That was the recommendation and we follow it.”
Cabrera will fill the spot vacated by the move of Michael Wacha to the Cardinals bullpen. Adam Wainwright will start ahead of Cabrera with Dakota Hudson taking the ball on Thursday.
The 22-year old Cabrera will be making his MLB debut and has compiled a record of 2-3 in seven starts at Memphis (AAA) this season. Cabrera has allowed 28 earned runs in 39.1 innings while striking out 39 batters with 19 walks.
“The last two outings, he’s been very good,” Shlildt continued. “He’s throwing 96-98 in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, so he’s throwing his curveball more and based on TracMan and people’s eye test, it’s been an elite pitch for him.”
Ranked as one of the top prospects in the Cardinals system, Cabrera received positive reviews for his finish to last season as the closer for Memphis and then again as a reliever in the Winter League. He made four Grapefruit League appearances but after allowing 10 hits and eight runs in 3.0 innings, Cabrera was among the first group of players optioned out of Spring Training.
“I just think the reality of him finishing pitching in December and then turning around and getting it cranked up again for big league camp in February,” Shildt said. “It took him a while to get going.”
Memphis pitchers Austin Gomber, Daniel Ponce de Leon, and Jake Woodford were also in consideration for the start. Gomber is continuing to throw bullpen/side sessions as he moves forward from a biceps issue which has him on the injured list.