Pitcher Profile: Justin Masterson

Welp, the Cardinals got themselves a new pitcher! His name is Justin Masterson, and he was acquired for minor leaguer James Ramsey.

So what’s his story? Well, he started out with Boston in 2008, played with them for a bit before getting traded to the Indians in 2009. In Cleveland he had 2 very good seasons and several middling ones. His most recent good season was last year, which gives us hope. Add to that the fact that he’s a groundball pitcher and Cleveland’s defense, to be frank, has sucked this year while the Cards hasn’t. In fact, the Cards have one of the better defenses in the league.

The wildcard, of course, is the fact that he’s coming off of surgery. If healthy, he’ll definitely give us a boost, serving up a lot of grounders for our hungry infield.

That is, of course, if he doesn’t walk too many people. He has a career high walk rate year, so that’s something to keep an eye on.

He relies on his sinker, which according to Grantland’s Shane Ryan, Is the best sinker in the game. He also uses a 4 seam fastball regularly, mixing in a slider and an occasional changeup.

All in all, seems like a good pickup by the Cards. I’ll be keeping an eye we traded though. James Ramsey was an OBP guy, and I like guys like that. It’s true that our outfield is full and we have plenty of other outfield prospects, I just really like OBP guys. In the end, I hope he does well.

 

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