Cardinals assign southpaw amid roster turnover

The St. Louis Cardinals are parting ways with a backup starting pitcher to protect young talents from the Rule 5 Draft.

To secure prospects, the Cardinals added three new players—pitchers Adam Kloffstein and Sem Robberse, along with catcher Pedro Pagés—to the 40-man roster.

In making room for the new additions, left-handed pitcher Connor Thomas was designated for assignment by the Cardinals.

Connor Thomas, a 25-year-old starter, had a challenging season in Triple-A Memphis in 2023 with a 5.53 ERA and other concerning stats.

It remains uncertain if Thomas will return, but the Cardinals prioritized protecting their top prospects over retaining the struggling pitcher.

The three added players are considered top prospects within the Cardinals organization, according to the MLB Pipeline rankings.

Connor Thomas, a former fifth-round pick, might be a potential spot-start candidate in the future, but his lack of strikeout ability makes him less appealing.

The Cardinals' decision to let go of Thomas is influenced by his less-than-encouraging underlying statistics.

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