Michael Wacha Tampa Bay Rays

Age: 29 (July 01, 1991) | 6' 6" | 215lbs. P-15
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
STL R 2012 0 0 0 0 3 2 5.0 4 1 0 7 1.80 0.80 1.10 0.0 0.0 .297 n/a
STL A+ 2012 0 0 0 0 4 0 8.0 1 0 1 16 0.00 0.25 0.19 1.1 18.0 .132 n/a
STL AA 2012 0 0 0 0 4 0 8.0 3 0 3 17 1.12 0.75 0.56 3.4 19.1 .350 n/a
STL AAA 2013 5 3 0 0 15 15 85.0 65 9 19 73 2.65 0.99 1.04 2.0 7.7 .251 n/a
STL NL 2013 4 1 0 0 15 9 64.2 52 5 19 65 2.78 1.10 1.07 2.6 9.0 .286 44/17/39 7 8
STL AA 2014 0 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 1 0 1 1 0.00 1.00 0.75 4.5 4.5 .177 n/a
STL NL 2014 5 6 0 0 19 19 107.0 95 6 33 94 3.20 1.20 1.13 2.8 7.9 .300 42/22/36 6 8
STL NL 2015 17 7 0 0 30 30 181.0 162 19 58 153 3.38 1.22 1.21 2.9 7.6 .286 46/22/32 18 18
STL NL 2016 7 7 0 0 27 24 138.0 159 15 45 114 5.09 1.48 1.48 2.9 7.4 .344 47/24/30 -6 -0
STL NL 2017 12 9 0 0 30 30 165.1 170 17 55 158 4.14 1.36 1.35 3.0 8.6 .332 48/21/31 8 11
STL A+ 2018 0 0 0 0 2 2 4.1 2 0 2 5 6.23 0.92 0.69 4.2 10.4 .217 n/a
STL AA 2018 0 1 0 0 1 1 2.1 6 1 1 3 11.57 3.00 3.43 3.9 11.6 .583 n/a
STL NL 2018 8 2 0 0 15 15 84.0 68 9 36 71 3.21 1.24 1.18 3.9 7.6 .262 43/29/27 9 9
STL NL 2019 6 7 0 0 29 24 126.2 143 26 55 104 4.76 1.56 1.65 3.9 7.4 .316 48/22/30 -6 -0
NYM NL 2020 1 4 0 0 8 7 34.0 46 9 7 37 6.62 1.56 1.85 1.9 9.8 .386 36/23/41 -12 -5
TAM AL 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a -0 0
Career 9yrs 60 43 0 0 173 158 900.2 895 106 308 796 4.02 1.34 1.34 3.1 8.0 .312 n/a
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The Cards do deserve kudos for either amazing skill or amazing luck in their recent drafts.

Consider Wacha ... college starters who went ahead of him in 2012 included Gausmann, Zimmer, Appel, and Haney. The Cards didn't reach - mock drafts had Wacha going right around where the Cards (thanks to the pick they got for Pujols) acquired him - but right now the guys picked ahead of him have a lot of catching up to do.

The 2009 draft may be considered legendary in the long run. Shelby Miller in the 1st (18th pick); Joe Kelly in the 3rd; Matt Carpenter in the 13th; Trevor Rosenthal in the 21st; Matt Adams in the 23rd - all have a serious chance of being 25+ career WAR players, which is one helluva haul for a single draft without any supplemental picks.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Nov 6 '13
Interesting article over on Viva El Birdos (SB Nation's Cardinals site) charts the team's WAR, but also notes how much of it was "homegrown".

The link is here

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Nov 6 '13
Wacha's wasn't a hard 170. He made 29 starts averaging 94 pitches/start with a high of 114 and made 6 relief appearances, none in consecutive days.
van wilhoite LVW
Nov 1 '13
If you came out of a time capsule and read in the New Yrok Times this morning --

Despite setting a postseason record for strikeouts and hitting just .227 in October, the Red Sox beat every ace they faced: Matt Moore, David Price, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Adam Wainwright (twice) and Michael Wacha.

-- you surely would say, "What the...?"
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 1 '13
More than 170 IP combined this year. What is the loose guideline for a first year pitcher?
jeff merk jeffamerk
Nov 1 '13
It sure looked to me like Wacha had great movement on his curve early, but then not so much. Yesterday afternoon Kimball Crossley said he feared that Wacha would stumble, because he's just not as good as he's looked. I thought he looked great the first couple of innings, with some tough pitches, but then not so much.

Kimball feared Wacha might blow up because that's how much he hates the Sox.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Oct 31 '13
What looked like a great World Series fizzled. Certainly not Wacha's fault -- he's the reason Cardinals got to the World Series -- but he didn't have it tonight.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 30 '13
I think when you have a starter approaching the middle of the lineup with a pitch count of 88, you have to have situational relievers warmed up. That's what they're there for.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Oct 25 '13
Ah, the sixth inning. Yes, Cameron certainly makes a convincing case for bringing in Choate then. The numbers are incontestable.

But there is one tricky part that he glosses over.

"If he started warming up Kevin Siegrist or Randy Choate at the start of Pedroia’s at-bat, they could probably get him warm through various stall tactics over the course of a couple of minutes."

He seems to be saying that Matheny should have known that Pedroia would be standing on first at the conclusion of the AB.

Matheny's counter to that would probably be there's a better chance of that outcome if he asks Wacha to stall between pitches.

As for the eighth inning, the numbers suggest leaving Martinez in to face Ortiz made sense, despite the outcome. Ortiz hit .238 this year "on at-bats that ended with a fastball of 94+ mph."
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 25 '13
I thought Choate was a good option in the sixth, but he wasn't warming up. Dave Cameron agrees, and has a lot of interesting numbers.

One good note in the comments about SP success the third time through the lineup, is that only instances where the pitcher faces the entire lineup a third time should be counted. It isn't clear that's what he's showing in his chart.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Oct 25 '13