2011 Cardinals Prospect #21 – Nick Longmire

The Cardinals fifth-rounder from 2010 has shown a lot of potential to grow into a top prospect.

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to full 2010 and career stats)

2010 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NA OF 1/5/1989 6-2 210 R R 2010 5th

School: University of the Pacific

Selected 2010 stats

BAT 0.287 265 53 76 11 7 9 55 34 62 12 0.372 0.483 0.855

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

Dustin Mattison (21): Nick is one of my favorite picks in last June's draft. The Cardinals strayed away from their typical safe college choice and took a raw college player with plenty of upside. The paybacks were immediate as Longmire hit .409/.453/.841 in June before coming back down to earth. He still finished with an OPS of .855, the 11th best mark in the New York-Penn League.

Longmire has the long, lean frame of an athlete. He covers a lot of ground in centerfield and has enough arm to play any of the outfield positions. Longmire has above average power and can hit the ball with authority to all fields. His swing gets long at times and he will definitely have to cut it down to continue to move up the ladder.

The Cardinals have themselves an outfielder with the tools to be an everyday major leaguer. I am not quite totally convinced he will get there yet. But with a strong first full season of professional ball, he has the makings of a potential top 10 prospect.

Message board community (20): Taken in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, Longmire was thought by many people to have been an underachiever in college and wondered whether he could remedy that as a pro. At least in his first season, the answer seems to be ‘yes'.

Showing good on-base skills and decent power, Longmire also really excelled in the speed department. He stole 12 bases in 15 attempts and was able to leg out seven triples all while playing in 68 games. (Also don't underestimate the power numbers - nine home runs - as Batavia is no power hitter's paradise!)

What may make or break Longmire as a prospect is his defense though. Currently playing mostly centerfield, early reports are that he may be able to stick at that position. If so, his chances of moving up rapidly increase dramatically as centerfielders with his combination of OBP, power, and speed are rare.

It is hard not to get excited about Longmire as a prospect but beyond the numbers we have to remember that this is just one summer of short-season ball. A repeat of those numbers next year with a full-season club will likely shoot Longmire into top 10 prospect status. - CariocaCardinal

Brian Walton (24): Longmire demonstrated the ability to play multiple roles. He led off early on for the Muckdogs and was highly successful. Then at the suggestion of Batavia hitting coach Roger LaFrancois, Longmire was moved down to the third position where he could knock in more runs. The outfielder obliged.

When I tried to pin him down as to which role he prefers, he basically told me, 'all of the above.'

"I'm not sure," Longmire said. "Hitting leadoff is fun, you know? But I just want to be a dynamic player, a player exciting to watch, whether it is driving in runs and hitting home runs or batting leadoff, stealing some bases and doing things that way. Either way works."

Playing a premium position and being in the center of the action is where he wants to be.

"Defensively, I like centerfield," Longmire said. "There is more ground to cover. There is more space out there. More room to run around."

I would expect fans in the Quad Cities will see Longmire roaming centerfield in Modern Woodmen Park starting in April. He is clearly a player to watch closely in 2011.

Our 2011 top 40 countdown continues: To see our entire list of 40 Cardinals prospects, click here. You can also read each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections.

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