Going deep with Cards reliever Kevin Siegrist

Two long scoreless streaks as a rookie

The rookie left-handed relief sensation with the St. Louis Cardinals discusses his progress.

Kevin Siegrist began his 2013 season in St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp as a member of the 40-man roster. A starter through his stint in the 2012 Arizona Fall League, the left-hander's rumored move to the bullpen occurred this spring.

Siegrist
One of the most impressive relievers in the system this season, the 41st-round draft pick in 2007 was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May by both the Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation.

After starting the season with Double-A Springfield, the 23-year-old was promoted to Memphis on May 24. Between the two stops, Siegrist posted a 2-1 record with a 1.95 ERA over 27 2/3 innings. The Cardinal Nation's 22nd-ranked prospect for 2013 struck out 44 and walked 10.

Like his rookie bullpen mate Seth Maness, Siegrist has the unique distinction of not having returned to the minors once he reached St. Louis on June 6.

Siegrist cemented his standing as the second lefty in the Cardinals pen while opening his MLB career with a St. Louis rookie-record 12-game scoreless streak. He currently has a new 17 1/3 frame scoreless streak that began on July 30.

At home, Siegrist is still unscored upon over 16 1/3 innings in 17 appearances. He has been especially effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to four hits in 52 at-bats for a .077 average.

Since joining St. Louis, Siegrist has allowed just 10 hits while striking out 44 and walking 16 in 32 innings. He has 10 holds, retired 27 of 33 first batters faced and just two of his 13 inherited runners crossed home. Siegrist has a 2-1 record with a stellar 0.56 ERA.

In the following exclusive audio interview, Siegrist discusses his whirlwind of activity since pitching in the Arizona Fall League, being added to the 40-man roster and not getting down on himself after having to begin the season in Double-A.

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