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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / STL
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Michael Wacha pitched five innings of shutout ball Friday as the Cardinals beat the Nationals 3-1.
Wacha allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three in improving to 3-0 this spring. He has a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings. We weren't convinced a few weeks ago, but he looks like a fine late-round pick in mixed leagues now. Mar 24 - 5:37 PM

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Michael Wacha will be part of the rotation.

He'll be joined by Carlos Martinez, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn and Mike Leake. Wacha immediately became the heavy favorite to be the club's fifth starter after Alex Reyes (elbow) went down, and he's officially earned the spot with a 2.65 ERA and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 17 innings this spring. The righty should bounce back in 2017 if his chronic shoulder injury doesn't flare up, but it's worth noting that his strikeout rate has declined every year he's been in the majors.
Mar 19 - 11:34 AM

Michael Wacha surrendered three runs on five hits in four innings of Grapefruit League action against the Mets on Saturday.

He walked one and struck out four. It was the first poor outing of the spring for Wacha, who entered the day with a 1.38 ERA and exited with a still-strong 2.65 ERA in 17 innings of work. He is coming off a down season in which shoulder troubles contributed to a 5.09 ERA in 138 innings. He projects as the Cardinals fourth or fifth starter this season.
Mar 18 - 4:30 PM

Michael Wacha pitched five innings of two-run ball Monday as the Cardinals topped the Astros 6-3.

Wacha seemed to wear down in the third inning of his previous start, but he made it through five without incident today, which is another good sign for him this spring. He's allowed three runs -- two earned -- and posted an 11/3 K/BB ratio in 13 innings overall.
Mar 13 - 3:56 PM

Michael Wacha tossed three scoreless innings and struck out three Wednesday in the Cardinals' 9-3 defeat of the Nationals.

Wacha has allowed just an unearned run over eight innings so far this spring, and the reviews have been quite positive. Durability remains a big question mark here, but his stock is climbing some.
Mar 8 - 4:26 PM

Michael Wacha worked three scoreless innings, striking out two, as the Cardinals edged a Nationals split-squad 2-1 in 10 innings Friday.

The Cardinals aren't completely sure Wacha is going to up to throwing 100 pitches every five or six days this year, but he's had an encouraging open to his spring. He's allowed just an unearned run over five innings to date.
Mar 3 - 4:14 PM

Michael Wacha allowed an unearned run over two innings Monday in his start against the Red Sox.

With Alex Reyes out of the mix, it's entirely up to Wacha whether he claims a rotation spot to begin the year. He gave up four hits and walked a batter today, but it didn't result in much damage.
Feb 27 - 5:17 PM

Michael Wacha said that he felt no pain in his arm during Wednesday's bullpen.

Wacha has been throwing side sessions this month and is hoping that he has built up enough strength that the recurring shoulder injuries which have bit him in the past are just that, a thing of the past. Said the 25-year-old right-hander, "My arm feels like it's able to move freely and without any pain, and it's working the right way. I'm really happy with the way it's going, the way I'm bouncing back and recovering." With top prospect Alex Reyes set to undergo Tommy John surgery, Wacha's health entering the 2017 campaign is going to be crucial for the Cards. Club general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Tuesday that so long as Wacha can maintain his health, he will likely be in the rotation come April. In 138 innings this past season, he held a disappointing 5.09 ERA.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 15 - 4:49 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that Michael Wacha is likely to be in the team's rotation "if he's physically able."

Top prospect Alex Reyes was sent for an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday and the fear is that he could need Tommy John surgery, so suddenly Wacha appears to be a strong favorite for a rotation spot. The 25-year-old dealt with a recurrence of a shoulder issue last season while struggling to the tune of a 5.09 ERA and 114/45 K/BB ratio over 138 innings. He enters 2017 as a major question mark. Luke Weaver could be an alternative if things go south again.
Feb 14 - 3:39 PM

Michael Wacha lost his arbitration hearing against the Cardinals.

Wacha filed for a $3.2 million salary back in January, but he'll make the $2.775 million figure which was proposed by the Cardinals. The 25-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter after posting a 5.09 ERA and 114/45 K/BB ratio over 138 innings last season. He appeared to be on the outside looking in for a rotation spot this spring, but that could change depending on Alex Reyes' health.
Feb 14 - 12:58 PM

Michael Wacha requested $3.2 million and was offered $2.775 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 25-year-old suffered through a disappointing and injury-plagued 2016 season in which he wound up with a 5.09 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 114/45 K/BB ratio across 138 innings. Arbitration-eligible for the first time, he'll see a nice raise either way from the $539,000 that he earned in 2016. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $3.2 million, the exact figure that Wacha filed for.
Jan 13 - 9:51 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Cardinals have "floated" Michael Wacha's name in trade talks.

It's probably not the best time to trade him as Wacha's value is relatively low coming off an injury-plagued 2016 campaign. Wacha's 5.09 ERA this year was easily the worst of his career and the Cardinals have even considered moving him to the bullpen. Unless the Cardinals are really desperate to move Wacha, we doubt that anything will come of these rumors.
Source: Fox Sports
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 08:47:00 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Wednesday that Michael Wacha will enter 2017 as a starter.

Wacha had a recurrence of scapular trouble in his right shoulder in early August, and there's been talk that he might never regain the durability necessary to operate as a starting pitcher. But the Cardinals are hopeful that a revised offseason workout plan -- one that will add muscle to Wacha's upper body -- can change the 25-year-old right-hander's long-term outlook. That plan calls for Wacha to put on 15-20 pounds. He remains a big question mark going forward.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 08:55:00 AM

Michael Wacha lasted just one inning in Saturday's start against the Pirates, surrendering three runs on two hits and a walk.

Wacha punched out one in the short outing. All of the damage came on a three-run homer off the bat of Jung Ho Kang. That was enough for Mike Matheny to give the right-hander the quick hook though and patchwork the rest of the game with the Cardinals bullpen, who ultimately fired eight shutout innings. Wacha finishes his disappointing season with a 5.09 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 138 innings.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Michael Wacha will start on Saturday against the Pirates.

Wacha to this point in September has been used exclusively as a reliever, but the Cardinals will give him another shot in what's obviously a huge game for them. He allowed seven runs over 2 2/3 relief frames Monday and will have a short leash against the Pirates. Jaime Garcia is headed back to the bullpen after another poor start Monday.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6John Gant
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Zach Duke
10Jordan Schafer