Trading Card Friday: Jake Westbrook

Jake Westbrook
Although not on St. Louis’ active playoff roster, Westbrook is the closest any former Senator is to this year’s World Series. The 6’3″ righthander went 7-8 with a 4.63 ERA in 21 appearances for the Cardinals this season while he battled elbow and back issues which caused him to serve multiple stints on the disabled list.

Westbrook was originally a first-round selection (21st overall) of the Colorado Rockies in the 1996 draft. He was traded to the Montreal organization following the 1997 season and came through Harrisburg in 1999. He started 27 games for the club compiling an 11-5 record with a 3.96 ERA while striking out 90 batters in 174.2 innings.

At the end of the next season’s spring training, Westbrook once again found himself involved in a trade as he was shipped along with Ted Lilly to the Yankees in exchange for Hideki Irabu. While pitching for Cleveland in 2004, Westbrook was named an All-Star for the only time so far in his 13-year Major League career.

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