Michael Wacha, Starting Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals, #52
Date of Birth: 7/1/1991
Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa
College: Texas A&M
Current Salary: $2,775,000
Michael Wacha, starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, was a top baseball and basketball player in high school prior to the Cardinals drafting him in 2012. He played in their minor league system in 2012 and part of 2013. He ended his minor league career with a 5-3 record and a 2.29 ERA.
Wacha pitched in 15 games with the Cardinals in 2013. He finished the regular season with a 4-1 record and a 2.78 ERA. He excelled in the post-season and he won the National League Championship Series MVP award. In 5 post-season games in 2013, he had a 4-1 record with 33 strikeouts to 12 walks and a 2.64 ERA.
Wacha finished the 2014 season with a 5-6 record, 94 strikeouts to 33 walks, and a 3.20 ERA in 107.0 innings in 19 games. He pitched just 0.1 innings in one game in the postseason and he gave up 2 hits and 3 runs, including a home run.
Wacha pitched in 30 games with the Cardinals in 2015. He finished the season with a 17-7 record, 153 strikeouts to 58 walks, and a 3.38 ERA in 181.1 innings. He pitched 4.1 innings in one postseason game and he gave up 6 hits, including 3 home runs, and 4 runs.
Wacha finished the 2016 season with a 5.09 ERA in 27 games. He had 7 wins to 7 losses and 114 strikeouts to 45 walks in 138.0 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Wacha through 2016 include:
- 91 games played
- 491.0 innings pitched
- 33-21 win-loss record
- 426 strikeouts to 155 walks
- 3.74 ERA