Exit Interview: John Gast

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: John Gast

Season stats: 2-0, 5.11 ERA, 3 games, 12.1 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 8 K, 1.30 WHIP

Hero/Goat: None

Overall grade: C

Positives: Gast had a strong start in Memphis and was one of the first of the wave of young pitchers that came up during the year.  He had one bad start and one good start before leaving his third start with the shoulder injury that ended his season.  Take out the two walks in that last start and he had a K/BB of 2.67, which isn’t a bad mark for a young starter.

Negatives: With such a limited exposure, there’s still no real read on whether Gast can make it in the big leagues.  There’s no guarantee that he’ll be able to recover from the surgery he had in late July and, even if he does, it would seem to keep him out of St. Louis much of 2014.

Outlook: As mentioned above, the surgery is going to be the big thing.  The initial window was eight to 12 months, which would have him back at the earliest by Opening Day but likely well into the season.  He’ll have to spend some time in Memphis getting his strength back and the rust off, so odds are he won’t be back in St. Louis before rosters expand at the end of next year.

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