Maness Called To The Majors

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – 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.