Mayers ready for second Midwest League start

Mayers: Making his 2nd MWL start Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals 3rd-round draft pick, right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers, talks about his first two months as a professional and his recent move to Class-A Peoria.

With so much focus on the pair of left-handed pitchers taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player draft – Marco Gonzales and Rob Kaminsky – the organization's initial right-handed hurler taken has received less attention.

Mayers
Mike Mayers, late of Ole Miss, came out after his junior year and quickly signed for just over half a million dollars, the fifth-highest amount for the club in this draft class.

Initially assigned to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder allowed just two earned runs in 12 innings across five games. Mayers fanned 13 and walked six while holding opponents to a .143 average.

Moved up to Peoria of the Class-A Midwest League on July 31, Mayers made his first start on Sunday, August 4, at home. The 21-year-old went 4 2/3 innings, yielding just one run on five hits and no walks. Mayers fanned three.

On the eve of his second MWL outing on Saturday night, August 10, I offer the following interview, held just after Mayers' first Peoria start. In it, the Ohio native recaps his first two months as a professional pitcher.

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Coming soon

The final Peoria interview ahead will be with outfielder Charlie Tilson. Memphis, Springfield and St. Louis subjects will follow, as well.

Previously posted

Peoria-Palm Beach 3B Patrick Wisdom
Peoria pitching coach Jason Simontacchi
Peoria manager Dann Bilardello



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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