Cardinals' Spring Training: Competition for starting rotation expected to be fierce as workouts begin
Cardinal's spring training camp officially gets busy Thursday with the first official workouts. Pitchers and catchers reported to Jupiter, Florida the day before.
Cardinals' Manager Mike Matheny says the talent pool of young pitchers this year is amazing. "Some of the guys we have as leaders in the group don't have a whole lot of experience, but that's just kind of the club we have," he said.
Matheny says it's going to be fun watching this group of young, talented pitchers continue to improve and grow. But the bottom line is competition. "We've got some very young guys and very talented guys and they're going to have to step in and compete," he said. "That idea that we're just constantly going to be hounding on them is just competing non-stop. No matter who you are, no matter what you've done, come in here and work in Spring Training like you've got something to prove, which you do."
Eight pitchers with proven major league experience are competing for five starting positions.
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