(KSDK Sports) - When it counted the most, Trevor Rosenthal arrived in St. Louis and gave fans a glimpse of just how hard he could throw. He appeared in 19 games, all in relief, and pitched 22.2 innings and struck out 25. He was the talk of the town.
It wasn't hard to imagine his 100 mph heater as a signature pitch for a major league closer, but Rosenthal did not come up the ranks as a reliever. He's a starter.
And the fact that Jason Motte is firmly entrenched as the Cardinals closer, gives the Cardinals good reason to try Rosenthal out in his natural position as a starting pitcher. In fact, he'll get his first start at the Major League level this Saturday as the Cardinals open their Grapefruit League season against the Marlins.
Rosenthal is expected to go two innings or around 40 pitches.
Rosenthal, Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller are three young Cardinals pitchers, all vying to reach the starting rotation this season. The start on Saturday is a far cry from any type of decision on who will get the job, but it's a start nonetheless, and one Rosenthal was all smiles about getting.