Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal spent the offseason in St. Louis working alongside ace Chris Carpenter.
Rosenthal, who grew up in Lee's Summit, made his major-league debut last year hoped to glean what he could from Carpenter, who helped the Cardinals win two World Series titles since 2006.
But in February, Carpenter announced he had lingering shoulder problems and probably would miss the season. Among the contenders to take his spot was Rosenthal, who appeared in 19 regular-season games last year as a reliever and` then had seven scoreless outings in the playoffs.
Rosenthal, 22, didn’t end up getting the spot in the rotation, but just being considered was a big deal.
“I’ll do whatever they ask me to do. Just to be part of the team is a privilege, so I can’t be too disappointed,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Given that he frequently reaches triple digits on the radar gun, Rosenthal has a bright future. Although he’s a Kansas City kid, Rosenthal is thrilled to be in St. Louis.
“Every person who plays, this is what they’ve dreamed of since we were little kids, especially for me,” he told The Star last fall. “It’s unbelievable, and I’m just trying to enjoy it. It’s a cool experience being close to home and having my family so close and them being able to experience it with me and enjoy it and see me reach this goal I’ve set for myself has been really fun. Pretty much however you want to describe it, it’s a dream come true and really fun.”