Sandy Alcantara Montero.
Spent majority of season at Double-A Springfield, while also making Major League debut after a September call-up...Established professional highs in wins (7), appearances (33), and innings pitched (133.2)...At Springfield, went 7-5 with 4.31 ERA (125.1 ip/60 er) in 25 appearances (22 starts)...Earned win in first start of season, April 7 at Frisco, allowing just four hits over 6.0 shutout innings. Walked one and struck out four...Struggled over next eight starts, going 1-4 with 8.12 ERA (41.0/37) with 15 walks and 39 strikeouts...Allowed season-high seven runs over 3.2 innings in second start of season, April 13 vs. Frisco. Equaled high over 5.0 frames on May 13 at Arkansas... Finished Double-A campaign going 5-1 with 2.64 ERA (78.1/23) over final 16 appearances (13 starts)...Struck out season-high eight at Tulsa on May 6 and again on August 12 at Corpus Christi...Had contract selected by St. Louis on September 1 and made debut on Sept. 3 at San Francisco...Allowed one run and two hits over 0.2 innings, surrendering eighth-inning leado? home run to Tim Federowicz. Recorded first MLB strikeout three batters later (Buster Posey)...Struck out side on Sept. 15 at Cubs, retiring Jason Heyward, Javier Báez and Ian Happ in the ninth inning...In eight appearances with Cardinals, had no record and 4.32 ERA (8.1/4)...Made five starts for Surprise in Arizona Fall League, going 1-2 with 4.20 ERA (15.0/7)...Made two appearances for Gigantes del Cibao in Dominican Winter League, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings.
Made a career-high 23 starts between Peoria (A) and Palm Beach (A)...Led all Cardinals minor leaguers with 153 strikeouts and ranked 5th among Cardinals minor leaguers in K/9 IP (11.23)...Ranked 5th among all minor league Class-A level pitchers with 153 strikeouts and 5th in the Midwest League (119)...Ranked among Cardinals minor league pitchers in opponent BA (.225, 3rd) and games started (23, T8th)...Struck out 10 or more batters five times, four in Peoria and once in Palm Beach...Fanned a career-high 14 batters over 6.0 innings at Beloit (5/23) in a no decision on 98 pitches...Pitched 11.0 scoreless innings from 4/21-28...Suffered four losses in Palm Beach despite allowing one run in two of the losses, and allowed just one run in three of six starts...Did not allow a home run to his last 245 total batters faced to finish the season...Rated as the No. 6 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.
Led the Gulf Coast League in games started (12), innings pitched (64.1) and total batters faced (267)...ranked among the league leaders in lowest opponent BA (.244, 2nd), strikeouts/9 IP (7.13, 3rd), walks/9 IP (2.80, 3rd) and fewest baserunners/9 IP (11.75, 3rd)...had six starts of 6.0 or more innings with a career high of 7.0 scoreless IP at GCL Marlins (7/3).
Led the Dominican Summer League with nine losses...tied for the league lead with six other pitchers with one complete game (vs. DSL Nationals, 8/21)...ranked 6th among Cardinals minor league pitchers with a .253 opponent BA...earned his first professional win vs. DSL Yankees (6/12) firing 5.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.