Last year, I spent the time immediately after the season examining each player that had made an appearance in St. Louis during the season. This series was well received and so I’m bringing this idea back for the 2013 offseason. More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike Matheny‘s office and having a short conference before heading home for the winter. Stats are just the ones accumulated for the Cardinals during the regular season.
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Name: Mitchell Boggs
Season stats: 0-3, 2 SV, 11.05 ERA, 18 games, 14.2 IP, 21 H, 15 BB, 11 K, 2.46 WHIP
Hero/Goat: Goat 4
Overall grade: F
Positives: He got two saves while he was in St. Louis and six other times he came into the game and threw a scoreless inning. Unfortunately, that’s about all you can come up with to put a shine on Boggs’s time in St. Louis this year. Well, save the fact that John Mozeliak was able to get some international signing cap room from the Rockies for him.
Negatives: When Jason Motte went down, it was an unsurprising move to slide Boggs from the eighth inning, where he’d been very good in 2012, to the ninth. Whether it was the lack of work in the spring due to his time with Team USA and the World Baseball Classic or something else, when things went bad for Boggs, they snowballed and never let him up for air. Three different times he allowed three runs or more in an outing, including the seven runs against the Reds in what had been a tie game.
Outlook: It seemed telling when the Rockies immediately assigned Boggs to their AA team, but he wasn’t there for long. He had some success when he finally returned to the big leagues, even in the thin air of Colorado, but that might be a little deceiving–he still walked five batters in eight innings. He would seem to be an non-tender candidate and most likely will have to settle for a minor league invite with someone that thinks they can straighten him out.