Oakville reliever finishes season strong in Cardinals’ minor league system


Published October 12, 2022 at 12:53 pm

Oakville native Nick Trogrlic-Iverson finished the year strong in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. The right-hander pitched with the MLB club's High A affiliate in Peoria. GONZAGA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS PHOTO

Oakville’s Nick Trogrlic-Iverson might not be considered an elite pitching prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, but a strong finish to this season may put him on their radar.

The Peoria Chiefs High A right-hander got off to a tough start in his first season as a full-time reliever, but a dominant run from late May on helped him finish with a respectable 3.33 ERA an 1.12 WHIP over 70.1 innings.

The second-year pro, who joined the Cardinals organization as an undrafted free agent in 2020, struggled to a 9.00 ERA in his first 10 appearances this season.

Trogrlic-Iverson turned that around. From May 31, he would post a 2.04 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 10 walks over 57.1 innings. In the 21 relief appearances, he held opposing hitters to a 206/.254/.304 slash line.

His best stretch came in August, where he threw 20 scoreless innings over seven appearances from Aug. 4-28.

A product of Gonzaga, Trogrlic-Iverson lacks the elite velocity, but instead relies on his plus breaking pitches.

Trogrlic-Iverson’s strong finish to the season could result in the Cardinals front office promoting the reliever to Springfield, the organization’s Double-A affiliate.

The 25-year-old was originally a 15th round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

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