St. Louis Cardinals announce that Tyler Lyons will take the injured Joe Kelly's spot in the rotation

Dilip Vishwanat

The Cardinals have broken the glass and summoned their No. 6 starter from Memphis.

Last Wednesday, righthanded starter Joe Kelly injured his hamstring while running to first base. The St. Louis Cardinals placed Kelly on the 15-day disabled list and promoted two minor-league righty relievers to help bolster the bullpen because the relief corps had handled a large innings load due to Kelly's early exit in Milwaukee and didn't have a day off before their next series started in Washington. While manager Mike Matheny shared that he would not shift Carlos Martinez from the pen to the rotation because he does not want to "yo-yo" the Dominican with Kelly's expected quick return, he nonetheless maintained a thin veil of mystery about which particular minor-leaguer would fill in for the disabled Kelly. On Sunday morning, Matheny announced that which most of us already knew: 40-man roster member Tyler Lyons will be called up from Triple-A Memphis take Kelly's rotation turn on Monday in New York against the Mets.

Lyons is a seasoned farmhand with big-league experience. Drafted in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB amateur draft by the Cardinals, the Oklahoma State Cowboy started his big-league career in High-A for the 2011 season and then participated in the Arizona Fall League. In 2012, the Cardinals assigned Lyons to Double-A Springfield to begin the season before quickly promoting him to Triple-A Memphis. The southpaw has spent his time between Memphis and St. Louis ever since.

TYLER LYONS CAREER STATS

Year

Level

Age

G

GS

IP

BABIP

LOB%

K%

BB%

ERA

FIP

2011

A-FLA

23

33

12

94.0

.301

65.3

19.7%

7.2%

4.50

3.68

2011

AFL

23

7

7

29.2

.308

65.8%

23.7%

5.9%

4.85

3.87

2012

AA

24

12

12

64.1

.330

69.6%

19.7%

6.9%

3.92

3.67

2012

AAA

24

15

15

88.1

.315

68.9%

24.3%

4.9%

4.28

3.19

2013

AAA

25

17

16

100.1

.280

68.9%

21.6%

4.8%

3.32

3.01

2013

MLB

25

12

8

53.0

.282

63.9%

19.3%

7.2%

4.75

3.73

2014

AAA

26

3

3

19.0

.283

71.4%

23.4%

6.5%

3.32

2.78

Lyons's ERA last season while pitching for St. Louis is unimpressive, but his peripherals indicate he likely deserved a bit better fate. This young Triple-A season, Lyons has pitched well over three starts even if his early BB% is higher than we've grown accustomed to seeing from him, with a 3.32 ERA to go with a 2.78 FIP.

On Saturday, Joe broke down the type of approach we can expect from the southpaw. Lyons mixes a four-seam fastball, two-seamer, changeup, curve, and slider. When he's on, the port-sider can spot each of his pitches where he pleases. Lyons has an average-to-above-average repertoire, but not anything that jumps out as "plus" in the scouting vernacular. This means that command and control will be paramount in whether Lyons is successful as Kelly's replacement.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Viva El Birdos

You must be a member of Viva El Birdos to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Viva El Birdos. You should read them.

Join Viva El Birdos

You must be a member of Viva El Birdos to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Viva El Birdos. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker