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: Sam Freeman
Season stats: 1-0, 2.19 ERA, 13 games, 12.1 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 8 K, 1.05 WHIP
Hero/Goat: Goat 1
Overall grade: B-
Positives: Even though there were two strong lefties already in the St. Louis pen, Freeman made his presence felt as well. He didn’t come up until August and was only scored upon in two of his 13 outings. He was about as effective against righties as he was lefties, so he could be more than just a LOOGY going forward. Freeman was left off the post-season roster, but many felt he’d have been a better person to take along than Edward Mujica.
Negatives: Freeman did give up a few more baserunners than you’d like to see out of a reliever, especially via walk. Freeman, surprisingly, would be one of the “old guys” in the pen, going into his age-27 season. He also had limited innings in the bigs so it’s hard to know whether the league had a chance to adjust him yet.
Outlook: With both Freeman and Kevin Siegrist being effective against right-handed hitters, there could easily be a place for three lefties in the bullpen. Freeman looks like he’s ready for prime time and should be in St. Louis most of next season.