When the St. Louis Cardinals chose to sell at the trade deadline, they set themselves up well to acquire high-level pitching prospects and bolster the farm system for years to come.
With the team out of contention and their playoff hopes all but squashed, the Cardinals have an eye on 2024 and beyond and are currently assessing their internal pitching options.
One pitcher the Cardinals added was left-hander Drew Rom, who came from the Baltimore Orioles in the Jack Flaherty deal.
On Wednesday, he made his debut at Triple-A Memphis and turned in a masterpiece.
On Twitter, a Cardinals writer pointed out just how dominant Rom was in his debut.
Drew Rom dominated tonight in his organization debut. Final line:
— Kareem (@KareemSSN) August 10, 2023
Rom possesses an electric fastball and the ability to strike hitters out.
St. Louis had been looking for swing-and-miss pitchers as opposed to ground-ball getters.
But Rom certainly impressed in his organizational debut on Wednesday.
The young left-hander threw five innings and allowed just one run on one hit, walking two batters and striking out 10.
This is certainly an encouraging sign for the Cardinals, and if Rom continues this, the Cardinals may give him a chance to prove himself at the Major League level before the season is over.
With the team out of contention, it would make sense for the Cardinals to try and see what they have within the organization and how things line up for the future.
Rom could potentially get some looks in the rotation down the stretch.
This also sets the Cardinals up quite nicely for 2024.NEXT: Former GM Comments On Cardinals' Offseason Priorities