Former East Carolina All-America pitcher Seth Maness has gotten the call to the Major Leagues and will be in the bullpen for the St. Louis Cardinals tonight when they host the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium and will wear No. 61 the organization announced Monday.
With his promotion to the big league club, Maness becomes the second Pirate on a Major League roster in 2013 joining Chad Tracy of the Washington Nationals.
The Cardinals have purchased the contract of right-handed hurler from Memphis (AAA) and optioned left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to the triple-A club. Maness, 24, was the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2012, will be making his big league debut with his first appearance.
A four-time All-Conference USA performer (2008-11), Maness was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in four starts at Memphis this season, striking out 18 and walking just three in 25.0 innings. Maness was an 11th round selection for the Cardinals out of ECU in 2011.
The 6-0, 190-pound North Carolina native has displayed impeccable control throughout his pro career, allowing just 18 total walks in 247.2 innings pitched. Maness worked six or more innings in each of his four starts at Memphis and has done so in 27 of his 38 career minor league starts.
Last year, in which he sported a 14-4 record with a 2.97 ERA, Maness began in Class A Palm Beach and finished with Double-A Springfield. That earned him a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training this year. He was then placed in Triple-A Memphis' rotation to start the 2013 season.
Maness was scheduled to start for Memphis on Monday, which means he'll be immediately available to help in the Cardinals' bullpen, which enters the day with a 6.08 ERA.
Seth Maness - Senior Biographical Sketch (2011)
Named first-team All C-USA for the fourth time as a senior ... Earned C-USA All-Tournament honors for the second-straight season ... Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week and to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star team after tossing his first career complete game shutout against Pepperdine where he struck out 11 batters ... Hurled five complete games on the season (two shutouts) ... Also tossed a career-best 10.0 innings against Rutgers (Mar. 18) in a no-decision ... Started 15 games posting 10 wins for the second-straight season (10-3) ... Struck out 80 while walking just 17 in 105.0 innings ... Posted a 1.71 ERA ranking second in C-USA (all games) ... In his final two collegiate games (Southern Miss/May 27 and Navy/June 4) tossed complete games ... Fanned seven or more batters seven times with a season-high 11 against Pepperdine ... Worked into the seventh inning nine times ... Recorded a team-best 12 quality starts ... Ranked among league leaders (all games) in fewest walks allowed (first), wins (t-1st), opposing batting average (second), innings pitched (second), fewest ER allowed (second), fewest runs allowed (t-2nd), starts (fourth) and strikeouts (sixth) ... Currently ranks first among NCAA Career Active Leaders in wins (38) and sixth in strikeouts (334) ... Tied Conference USA's all-time record in wins (38) with his complete game against Navy in the Charlottesville Regional ... Recorded wins against Youngstown State, Pepperdine, Monmouth, Memphis, UCF, Delaware State, Tulane, Southern Miss and Navy ... Lowes Senior Class Award Candidate ... Preseason All-America selection by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), College Baseball Lineup and Collegiate Baseball ... Career Notes: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 43rd round (pick 1,247) in 2010 ... Ranks first all-time at ECU in wins (38), strikeouts (334), starts (61), innings pitched (411.2), hits allowed (429) ... Closed out C-USA career with a 24-5 all-time record ... Named 2010 C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year and 2008 Freshman-of-the-Year ... Selected five freshman all-america squads in 2008 ... Earned third-team all-america honors in 2008 by Collegiate Baseball and Ping!Baseball ... Four-time C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week ... Named 2008 ABCA All-Region Team ... Two-time Williams' Jungle Pitching MVP (2008, 2010) ... Career Numbers: 38-11, 3.54 ERA, 411.2 IP, 66 games (61 starts), 429 Hs, 198 Rs, 162 ERs, 71 BBs, 334 Ks, 7 CGs, 2 SHOs ... Career-Highs</U> - innings pitched: 10.0 vs. Rutgers (3/18/11); strikeouts: 11 (twice, last vs. Pepperdine 3/4/11); walks: 3 (six times, last vs. UAB 4/11/11); hits: 14 vs. Houston (5/21/10); runs: 8 vs. Alabama (5/30/08); earned runs: 8 vs. Alabama (5/30/08).