by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed on Wednesday that John Gast will receive another start. Gast, who is filling in for the injured Jake Westbrook, is scheduled to start Sunday against the Brewers.
The left-hander allowed four runs on six hits over six innings of work while winning his major-league debut Tuesday night.
John Gast wins major-league debut
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Cardinals pitcher John Gast saw more than enough run support in his major-league debut Tuesday night against the Mets. He allowed four runs on six hits over six innings of work in a 10-4 win.
The left-hander made it through his first five frames unscathed before running into trouble in the sixth. In that inning, he put two men on before John Buck and Lucas Duda drove in a run each. Marlon Byrd followed with a two-run homer.
Gast, who threw 71 pitches, also struck out three and walked one in the victory.
His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Brewers.
Not blown away by John Gast
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013)John Gast briefly drew a Tony Cingrani comparison from our Scott White earlier Tuesday, before he quickly walked it back after further examination. Gast's major-league debut wasn't bad by any stretch, but it definitely showed that Cingrani is not the type of player we should expect from Gast.
As he did coming up through the minors, Cingrani relied on a solid groundball rate and pinpoint control Tuesday against the Mets, though he just fell short of a quality start. Given what we know about his minor-league record, we should definitely expect Gast to be more like Jake Westbrook, the man he replaced in the rotation, than anything resembling a high-end Fantasy player.
The Cardinals have a long track record of getting the best out of their pitchers, but Gast still looks more like an NL-only Fantasy option, as is the case with most crafty, control specialists.
John Gast is no Tony Cingrani
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/14/2013) Upon viewing John Gast's stats at Triple-A Memphis for the first time on a recent Fantasy Baseball Todaypodcast, I made an offhand reference to Tony Cingrani that seems pretty reckless now that I'm seeing it all over the interwebs.
My point was that the Cardinals' choice to start Tuesday's agame is an overlooked minor-league pitcher putting up sub-2.00 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, much like Cingrani did in the hitter-friendly California League last year. Oh, and he's a left-hander who hides the ball well. But that's the full extent of the comparison.
As commenter "Mrbeaglesworth" points out, Gast doesn't throw nearly as hard as Cingrani and likely won't have as much staying power. I'd pick him up in deeper leagues just in case he's this year's Mike Fiers, who baffled major-leaguers for a dozen starts last year before his inferior stuff caught up to him. But that's it.
Is John Gast Cingrani-esque?
by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) The Cardinals are hoping 24-year-old starting pitcher John Gast can serve as a satisfactory fill-in during Jake Westbrook’s absence, and a 1.16 ERA in Triple-A has Fantasy owners taking a closer look.
Scott White compared him to Tony Cingrani on Monday’s broadcast of Fantasy Baseball Today, saying that Gast is a highly regarded prospect putting up impressive numbers in a hitters’ league. Nando Di Fino said he’d prefer to pick up Trevor Rosenthal in deeper leagues.
John Gast's strong start pushes him to the majors
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) Cardinals pitcher John Gast will make his first major-league start Tuesday against the Mets after a strong start in the minors.
Gast started the year with four scoreless outings, finally giving up his first run May 3. He's actually coming off his worst start of the season. Gast gave up four runs over four innings. Gast has been striking out slightly more hitters to begin the year, but he's also walking more batters. Gast has been profiled as a soft-tosser, and may have trouble overpowering hitters in the majors.
He's not expected to be in the majors for long, so his Fantasy value might be limited.
Cardinals recall John Gast
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) The Cardinals have recalled pitcher John Gast from Triple-A Memphis to replace the injured Jake Westbrook, KMOX St. Louis reports.
Gast, 24, was the organization's 26th-ranked prospect entering the season according to Baseball America. However, he has dominated hitters early on at Triple-A, as he owns a 1.16 ERA and 2.7 K/BB over 38.2 innings (seven starts).
Westbrook is not expected to be out for long -- the move was largely precautionary to avoid further injury down the line -- and so Gast's stay in the majors may be a short one. His first start comes Tuesday against the Mets.
John Gast dominating in hitter-friendly league
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher prospect John Gast is off to a stellar start for Triple-A Memphis. The left-handed hurler is 3-0 with a 0.26 ERA -- not a typo -- and .193 opponents' batting average through six starts.
Gast has allowed one earned run through 34 2/3 innings, which came in his latest start Friday against Omaha. Gast also has 34 strikeouts to 11 walks allowed.
The eighth-ranked prospect in the Cardinals' farm system, per MLB.com, was named the team's minor-league pitcher of the month for April.
"John had an incredible month in a tough league (PCL) for a pitcher," Cardinals director of minor league operations John Vuch, per MLB.com. "He continues to improve his command of all pitches, and his ability to consistently work down in the zone leads to much of his success"
Cardinals ship three to minors
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) The St. Louis Cardinals completed another wave of roster cuts Sunday, optioning second baseman Ryan Jackson and pitcher Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis. Pitcher John Gast was reassigned to the team's minor-league camp.