Out of every team in all of Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals have the most current players on their roster who have decided to take part in the World Baseball Classic.
This legendary event begins on Tuesday night and will take place for the first time in six years.
Two significant pieces in the Cardinals starting rotation, those being Miles Mikolas and Adam Wainwright, have elected to pitch for Team USA.
And so, with those two gone, several young pitchers within the Cardinals organization will have the opportunity to get their work in during spring training games.
On Twitter, John Denton of MLB.com revealed the team’s pitching plans while Wainwright and Mikolas are away.
#STLCards pitching probables the next few days with starters Adam Wainwright & Miles Mikolas at the WBC:
Tues — Gordon Graceffo
Wed — Jake Woodford
Thurs — Dakota Hudson
Fri — Jordan Montgomery
Sat — Jack Flaherty
Sun — Steven Matz
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) March 6, 2023
This presents an opportunity for several young pitchers within the organization to get some work in.
Gordon Graceffo, one of the team’s top pitching prospects, will get the start for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.
The Cardinals will be facing off against the New York Yankees on Wednesday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, where Tampa native Jake Woodford will take the ball.
Right-hander Dakota Hudson lost his spot in the starting rotation late last season and was moved to the bullpen.
He’ll get the start on Thursday against the Nicaraguan National Team.
St. Louis will face the New York Mets, Houston Astros, and Washington Nationals over the weekend.
In these games, three of the team’s projected five starters will pitch.
Jordan Montgomery will pitch on Friday night against the Mets, while Flaherty will match up against the Astros again on Saturday.
Steven Matz, who threw three scoreless innings on Monday, will get the start on Sunday against the Nationals.NEXT: Top Cardinals Infield Prospect Continues To Impress With His Velocity