Liberatore was added to the Cardinals' 60-player roster pool Wednesday and was assigned to the alternate training site in Springfield, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. The young southpaw is one of the organization's top prospects, so it's not surprise to see it prioritizing his development in the 60-man pool. Liberatore spent 2019 at Low-A Bowling Green and delivered a 3.10 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 76:31 K:BB across 78.1 innings.
Liberatore is considered a potential future ace by multiple scouts in the Cardinals organization, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 20-year-old southpaw already impressed at two different stops in the minors with the Rays organization, and Goold says the Cardinals' consensus seems to be Liberatore is a front-of-the-rotation talent. Liberatore has already been labeled as the safest prep pitching prospect in recent years by Baseball America, with his four-pitch arsenal, command and delivery affording him considerable upside. Like many around baseball, Liberatore, who was likely ticketed for Double-A Springfield this year, will see his overall development temporarily hampered by the likely lack of a 2020 minor-league season; however, the 2018 first-round pick would presumably be a part of any baseball activities the Cardinals may organize for their minor leaguers.
Liberatore isn't expected to see any major-league action in 2020 despite the expectation of expanded rosters, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports. The 20-year-old, who was part of the January trade with the Rays that sent Randy Arozarena and Jose Martinez to Tampa, struggled in his two Grapefruit League appearances (27.00 ERA across 1.2 innings) after receiving a spring training invite upon arrival in the organization. The outlook for Liberatore, a 2018 first-round pick, is considered bright after a solid first two professional seasons, but Saxon notes the left-hander still needs plenty of seasoning before he can be asked to face big-league bats on a regular basis.
Liberatore will join the Cardinals' big-league camp this spring. Liberatore came over from the Rays in early January in a trade which sent Randy Arozarena and Jose Martinez the other way. The young lefty has a promising future but isn't close to the big leagues, as he's yet to even reach High-A.
Liberatore was traded to the Cardinals from the Rays on Thursday in exchange for unnamed major-league players, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The 20-year-old dealt with a back injury that kept him sidelined for just under two weeks in 2019, but he managed to record a 3.10 ERA with a 76:31 K:BB over 78.1 innings with Low-A Bowling Green. While he's likely still several years from his major-league debut, he is a 6-foot-5 lefty with at least mid-rotation upside.
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