In 10 minutes, the St. Louis Cardinals will take the field for their first game of Spring Training vs. the New York Mets. Pete Parise is not on the traveling roster for today’s game, so he will not be reporting to St. Lucie, but neither are a majority of the Cardinals pitchers. Parise threw some batting practice yesterday and will use today as a day of rest. Sometime soon, we will have the opportunity to see Parise face Major League batters. Based on his Winter experience, there are a lot of people who cannot wait to see Parise’s stuff on the mound against the opposition this Spring.
Earlier today, Dustin Mattison of Scout.com looked at some of the best players in the Cardinals organization that played in the Winter leagues. Right at the top of his list is Parise.
The player that helped himself the most had to be Pete Parise. Not only was he named to the 2010 Caribbean Series All-Tournament team but reportedly he added velocity to his fastball. His effort has gotten the attention of the team’s front office and he is getting a look this spring.
After a solid Puerto Rican League season, the right-hander saved his best for the Caribbean Series. In six shutout innings, he struck seven while not allowing a walk.