As a rookie, Wainwright helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 2006 World Series by pitching out of the bullpen, but the Brunswick, Georgia native was always destined for the starting rotation. Wainwright was a top pitcher in the Atlanta Braves system when he was traded to the Cardinals, and during his time in St. Louis he showed why, making the All-Star team and finishing second in the NL Cy Young voting in 2010. Before the 2011 season started, Wainwright underwent Tommy John surgery, forcing him to miss the entire year—including the World Series win against the Texas Rangers. But the righty returned from surgery and looked as strong as ever, leading the the NL in wins in 2013 and making the All-Star team twice in 2013 and 2014.
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