Cards call it a season for top-pick Weaver

Cards call it a season for top-pick Weaver

ST. LOUIS -- Luke Weaver, the Cardinals' top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, won't throw another pitch this season, as the Cardinals have shut down the right-hander due to workload concerns.

The decision to end Weaver's season after his Aug. 8, start for Palm Beach was not all that unexpected or unusual for an organization that closely monitors the innings count of all their first-year players. Weaver had already thrown 106 1/3 innings at Florida State University before the Cardinals made him the 27th-overall pick in June.

Weaver began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League club in July before being promoted to Class A Advanced Palm Beach after two starts. Combined, Weaver made six starts covering 9 1/3 innings. He allowed eight runs on 15 hits and four walks while striking out 12.

Weaver will not participate in the organization's upcoming Instructional League, said Gary LaRocque, the Cardinals' director of player development.

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