Cardinals Promote RHP Trevor Rosenthal; Option Cleto

HOUSTON,TX-JUNE 05: Pitcher Maikel Cleto #63 of the St. Louis Cardinals watches the ball leave the park on a home run by Brian Bogusevic #19 of the Houston Astros in the fourth inning on June 5, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals plan to promote right-hander Trevor Rosenthal to their bullpen from Double-A Springfield, reports B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest.

The 22-year-old right-hander owns a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts at Double-A this season, striking out 83 batters in 94 innings and walking 37. A 21st round pick in the 2009 draft, the 6' 2" righty has a 3.50 ERA in four professional seasons.

STL Today reports that Rosenthal has emerged has one of the team's top pitching prospects with the help of his powerful fastball/slider combination.

The righty's fastball sits from 91 mph to 95 mph, and it has natural sink without sacrificing power. Rosenthal hit 98-mph with a fastball during last year's Midwest League playoffs.

Right-hander Maikel Cleto has been optioned to Triple-A to make room for Rosenthal on the 25-man roster. Jaime Garcia has been moved to the 60-day DL to free space on the 40-man.

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Will Rosenthal help boost the Cardinals' bullpen?

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