Exit Interview: Keith Butler

2014 Major League Stats: 2 G, 2.0 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 1 BB
2014 Minor League Stats: 0.84 ERA, 9 G, 10.2 IP, 0.94 WHIP in AAA
2015 Role: Rehabbing from Tommy John

Keith Butler was expected to be one of those guys that played a pivotal role as the 4th or 5th right handed reliever out of the bullpen this season for St. Louis, but that role never developed for him. He pitched well enough in Spring Training to earn a bullpen spot, but after getting blown out for five runs in his 2014 season debut, he only got one more opportunity before being demoted. He pitched well enough in Memphis though, posting an ERA and a WHIP below 1 until going down in with injury in May.

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Exit Interview: George Kottaras

2014 Major League Stats: .233/.351/.533, 3 HR, 5 RBI in 18 games
2014 Minor League Stats: .190/.284/.345, 4 HR, 13 RBI in 27 games in AAA
2015 Role: Backup catcher in the Majors

After the injury to Yadier Molina, the Cardinals claimed George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians to give themselves a veteran backup option for Tony Cruz. He would start just one game with St. Louis and catch a total off 11 innings in Cardinal red before being waived by the Cardinals when they signed A.J. Pierzynski.

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The organizational vision for 2015 begins to focus

John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny spoke to the media this afternoon to discuss a little bit about how the season ended, but mainly where the club goes from here to prepare for the 2015 season. As a result of today’s discussion we now have begun to get a clearer picture of where Mozeliak intends to take the club over the offseason and what it’s goals are.

We heard from Bill DeWitt Jr earlier this week about payroll and their expectation that it will escalate in future years to accommodate rising salaries of their young players. He also made note that the team has the means to add another core player via free agency or trade if an opportunity presented itself. While he declined to say exactly how much he foresees payroll rising, it is confidence inspiring that the team will attempt to identify and retain some of its young players going forward.

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Exit Interview: Sam Tuivailala

2014 Major League Stats: 2 G, 1.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB
2014 Minor League Stats: 3.15 ERA, 48 G, 60.0 IP, 1.25 WHIP in A/AA/AAA
2015 Role: Reliever for Triple-A Memphis

A fast riser this season, Samuel Tuivailala started his season with High A Palm Beach. He got promoted in July to Double-A Springfield and then briefly to Triple-A Memphis at the end of the season. Once Memphis’ season completed, Tuivailala and his triple digit fastball made the trip to St. Louis.

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Exit Interview: Tommy Pham

2014 Major League stats: 0-for-2, 2 K
2014 Minor League stats: .324/.395/.491, 10 HR, 44 RBI in 104 games in AAA
2015 Role: Outfield for Triple-A Memphis

Tommy Pham parlayed a career minor league season into a September call-up this year. After hitting .286 between Springfield and Memphis last season, he broke out this year in a crowded Memphis outfield that included at times Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk, and Stephen Piscotty. Not to mention Shane Robinson, who hit well in Memphis, on occasion as well. His St. Louis stint was short, but did manage to log four innings of solid work in the outfield.

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