Trevor Rosenthal #61 – 2013 Top 100
St. Louis Cardinals
Date of Birth: May 29th, 1990(age 23)
Origin: 21st Round Pick(#639 overall) in 2009 out of Cowley County Community College(KS)
JD Sussman: Rosenthal burst onto the national scene late in 2012, dominating opposing batters in just over a 30 inning regular season innings and throughout the Cardinals’ postseason run. His future value will hinge on whether he starts or relieves, but the Cardinals claim he will go into Spring Training as a starter. The news that Chris Carpenter will miss the 2013 season is sad, but it does bolster the probability that Rosenthal remains a starting pitcher despite the logjam in the Cardinal farm system. Rosenthal is the second most advanced of the Cardinal’s big four, behind Shelby Miller and just ahead of Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez. As a starter, Rosenthal features a heavy mid 90s fastball, a better than average slider, and a potential plus curveball. It’s hard to say where Rosenthal ends up, but injuries happen and it’s not impossible to foresee him grab an opening in the Cardinal’s rotation.
Don Olsen: He can flat out rip it. 94-97 mph on his 4S with good back spin that gives it late rise, making it difficult to square up. He has all the variations of a 2S, 91-93 mph that can sink or cut, uses both effectively, really pounds it in on the hitters. As JD mentioned, I really like the shape of the hammer, it is a tight rotation offering that will miss bats that sits a good 12-15 mph on the fastball. I want to see him get more action off the change, not much movement or depth in the offering. The progression of this pitch will dictate his ceiling. I am a little perplexed that it is not at least average because his hands and fingers are large for his frame, should be able to get sheer/friction off the ball. At worst, they could leave his 99-100 mph one inning fastball to join the impressive back of the bullpen duo. He looks more middle of the rotation, but with that staff, other arms on the horizon, he fits a role of need. Not bad for what most feel is the third best pitcher in the system.
Fantasy Outlook by Michael Curtis
Rosenthal is one of the biggest potential beneficiaries of Chris Carpenter’s latest injury. After proving that he could dispatch major league batters in one inning stints during last year’s playoffs, Rosenthal will now have the opportunity to show that he can do the same as a starter (if he can win the job out of Spring Training). If he can win the job, then Rosenthal’s big fastball and secondaries give him the chance to pile up some serious strikeouts over the 2013 season.