Cardinals #2 Prospect Luke Weaver Held His Own In Debut Against The Cubs

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Prospect Luke Weave gets his first major league strikeout facing Cubs lead-off Dexter Fowler in the first.
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Cardinals #2 prospect Luke Weaver made his debut today against the first place National League Central Chicago Cubs. Not only against the first place team, but in their home territory at Wrigley Field. And, to top off his debut, he faced Cubs Kyle Hendricks who is 8-1/1.19 ERA at home. 

This soon to be 23 year old, August 21, was a Golden Glover in 2014 at Florida State as a pitcher. Confident, with control and he has a pretty good fast ball, which I'm served him well in the infield. Recently he was promoted from the Springfield Double-A Cardinals to the Memphis Triple-A just last week. He made one start with the Redbirds before being called up to join the Cardinals in Chicago.  He was called up to make the start, replacing Michael Wacha who is currently on the 15-Day DL for shoulder inflammation. Weaver was brought from the infield, as a shortstop, to the mound in minor league play.  And he brought his golden arm to the hill to face the Cubs. In his first major league inning, he took down the side with 2 K's. He went four innings, allowed four hits, one home run, two earned runs, three walks and had a total of three strikeouts to begin his major league debut start with a 4.50 ERA. 

In my opinion, a solid start for his first outing against a very strong MLB team. While at Springfield, he had 12 game starts, 6-3/1.40 ERA/4 HR/12 ER/88 SO in his 77 innings pitched. His one game with the Redbirds, he went six scoreless innings, only gave up two hits and had four strikeouts. Now, in the Bigs, against a very strong Cubs offense, I consider his performance today tremendous. Yes, this young man "has it between the ears". Definitely, Luke Weaver, will be a part of the Cardinals future.  

Cardinals top prospect has his second performance facing the Chicago Cubs.
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Cardinals top prospect, 21 year old, Alex Reyes made his debut August 8 against the Cincinnati Reds. Cool, controlled and in command as he took out the side in the ninth. No real pressure on the young hurler, other than being on the mound for his first major league inning, as the Cardinals lost the match-up against the Reds. However, in today's game, he followed Weaver. The game is currently tied, 2-All, and Reyes has pitched thus far three scoreless innings. one hit allowed, 1 walk and has had three strikeouts. Once again, cool, in control and just doing his job - pitching to a player who holds the bat. He has yet to record an ERA in his major league appearances. Reyes was a starter for the Memphis Redbirds. When called up to join the Cardinals, he was placed in the bullpen to replace LHP Tyler Lyons, recently placed on the 60-Day DL due to a fractured right knee.  

These two prospects have made quite the impression on Cardinals Nation. Both will be a big part of future seasons with St. Louis. Cubs Kyle Hendricks went 7 IP/2 HR/2 ER while fanning 12. No free passes issued on his watch. AND - Reyes earns the win in the final, Cardinals 8 - Cubs 4. 


Brandon Moss slugged out a solo home run in the sixth; followed by, Jedd Gyorko for a solo in the seventh. Against Weaver, Addison Russell caught one early in the second for a two-run homer. Welcome to the Big League, kid. You did just fine.