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Dennis Dove

The Cardinals have recalled AAA reliever Dennis Dove. He made positive impression this spring by throwing 6.1 scoreless innings and striking out five while walking none. He wasn't as effective in his brief 2007 stint at AAA (13 RA in 12 IP with 7K), but his .200 BAA is encouraging. I have stored his name in the back of my mind because the current Cardinals' closer, Jason Isringhausen, was returning from hip surgery, and there was no clear-cut back-up in St. Louis coming out of the spring.

While I think Brad Thompson has the back-up closer role, it is only tentative until we see who gets saves when Izzy isn't available. As such, Dennis Dove is still worth keeping an eye on. This is only his second season pitching exclusively in relief, so there is room for improvement. Add in the success that Cardinals' pitching coach Dave Duncan has had, Dove could be a pleasant surprise as a do-no-harm middle reliever or as a possible source of saves in the very deep-sleeper sense.

Year Team Lg Age Level W L ERA WHIP G GS SV IP H BB SO K9
2003 New Jersey NYPL 22 A- 1 3 3.51 1.71 7 7 0 25.2 29 15 15 5.26
2004 New Jersey NYPL 23 A- 0 5 8.06 1.97 6 6 0 22.1 31 13 24 9.67
2004 Peoria Midw 23 A 0 1 4.97 1.66 3 3 0 12.2 11 10 4 2.84
2005 Quad Cties Midw 24 A 7 5 3.88 1.21 18 18 0 102 93 30 72 6.35
2005 Palm Beach FSL 24 A+ 2 4 4.85 1.48 8 8 0 42.2 48 15 23 4.85
2006 Palm Beach FSL 25 A+ 3 3 2.81 0.99 41 0 4 51.1 38 13 56 9.82
2006 Springfiel Tex 25 AA 0 3 8.79 1.81 13 0 0 14.1 18 8 15 9.42