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Cardinals to select Andre Pallante and place Jack Flaherty on injured reserve

The Cardinals announced this morning that the right-handed André Pallante made the opening day list. They will need to make a corresponding roster change of 40 players in the coming days to officially select the 23-year-old Pallante’s contract. Additionally, the cards officially placed the right-handed Jack Flaherty on the 10-day disabled list. It’s been known for some time now that Flaherty will miss the start of the season, and his absence is expected to be a little longer than 10 days.

Pallante was the Cards’ fourth-round pick in 2019. The right-hander had thrown a 2.59 ERA in three seasons at UC-Irvine, working out of the rotation for his last two campaigns with the Anteaters. While his fastball was usually in the 90s with the UCI, he saw a spike in speed in professional ball. Baseball America wrote this winter that he averaged north of 95 MPH on his heater last season. BA also credited the 23-year-old with an above-average slider and named him the No. 16 prospect in the St. Louis organization.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 minor league campaign, last year marked Pallante’s first full season of professional playing action. He spent most of the year with Double-A Springfield, where he started 21 games and worked 94 1/3 innings. Pallante’s 19.4 percent strikeout percentage and 10 percent walk rate at this level aren’t particularly exciting, but he’s induced grounders on nearly 60 percent of the balls in play against him. It’s undoubtedly a draw for a St. Louis front office that has focused on acquiring ground ball specialists throughout the winter in an effort to maximize the effect of the best field. defensive of the game.

Pallante will break camp with the big league club, presumably as a bullpen option. The Cards have a top four in the rotation of Adam Wainwright, steven matz, dakota hudson and Miles Mikolas with Flaherty out. Drew VerHagen seems to be the favorite for fifth place, with Aaron Brooks and Jake Woodford also apparently ahead of Pallante on the rotation depth chart. Pallante has just two career Triple-A appearances under his belt, and it’s possible he could find himself in the minors at some point. While the Cardinals will carry him on the Opening Day roster, he still has the three option years left and could bounce between St. Louis and Triple-A Memphis.

Flaherty recently suffered platelet-rich plasma on an ailing throwing shoulder. His precise timeline for a return remains unclear, but he will surely need time to progress through a throwing program and perhaps embark on a minor league rehab mission. This will be the second straight season affected by injury for Flaherty, who has been limited to 17 outings by oblique and shoulder issues.