TCN 2013 Cards Prospect #22: Kevin Siegrist

The fast-rising left-hander debuts in the top 40 in his sixth year eligible. Today's report is FREE!

The Cardinal Nation/ Player Profile
(including links to full 2012 and career stats)

School: Palm Beach Community College, Fla.

2012 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NR LHS 7/20/1989 6-5 190 L L 2008 41st

Selected 2012 stats

PB 6 0 2.28 3.94 10 10 0 55.1 33 18 3 22 41 0.79 0.173 0.200
SPR 1 2 3.62 4.44 8 5 0 32.1 26 14 4 9 27 1.43 0.218 0.244
Total 7 2 2.77   18 15 0 87.2 59 32 7 31 68 0.98 0.190  
AFL 2 1 2.37 1.62 6 5 0 19 15 5 0 6 27 3.00 0.214 0.349

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

CariocaCardinal (25): Siegrist was drafted out of junior college but still pitched in rookie and short season ball in each of his first three professional seasons. That slow advancement pace seems to have paid off as Siegrist has excelled each of the last two seasons in Class-A and Double-A ball and followed that up with an exceptional Arizona Fall League showing this fall.

While Siegrist's strikeout and walk rates have not been great, he has held hitters to a batting average of just a few points north of .200. Then, for good measure, he went to the AFL and posted a fantastic K rate of 13.5/9 IP with just six walks in 19 IP.

Siegrist's performance in the AFL showed that he is probably ready for Triple-A. However, the numbers may prevent him from starting there and relegate him to Double-A to start the year. The caveat to that is that if the team likes him as a potential LOOGY, he could start 2013 in the Triple-A bullpen.

Message board community (21): Siegrist jumped from 50th on the 2011 community list to 21st this year. Don't think LOOGY, though that's a fallback. Think lefty starter - though since he has yet to throw 108 innings in a season, he'll need to build stamina.

He didn't turn 23 till July, but he made it to Double-A. Across levels last year, Siegrist fanned 9.82 lefties per nine innings pitched. His FIP versus lefties was 2.97, compared to 4.51 for righties. Overall, batters hit only .190 against him. Then he went to the AFL and fanned 27 in just 19 innings, while allowing only 15 hits and no home runs.

Expect Siegrist to be part of the Springfield rotation to begin the season. Given the likely Triple-A rotation, there will be no need to rush him. - Gagliano

Brian Walton (18): While I placed fellow lefty Sam Freeman ahead at number 15, having Siegrist in my top 20 indicates how competitively I view him. Freeman has tested his major league chops, while Siegrist has limited time at Double-A.

Starting as a 41st-round draft pick and after being passed over his first five years of top prospect list qualification, Siegrist has moved up the prospect pecking order quickly over the last year. He first drew the attention of many when he scored an invitation to major league spring training camp despite just a half-season of experience at the A-Advanced level.

After a brief, but decent showing in early March, things quickly went south for Siegrist. He ran into a pair of injuries that did not allow him to get into full-time action until late June.

Following 10 dominating starts at A-Advanced Palm Beach, Siegrist was promoted to Double-A Springfield at the start of August. The 23-year-old was assigned to the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time and continue to progress. And that, he did. Siegrist improved his ground ball rate substantially, perhaps contributing to an abnormally-high .349 BABIP.

In his AFL finale, the side-armer threw his fastball roughly three-quarters of the time. While it was not exceptional at 87 to 92 mph, its break was substantially greater than the fastballs of teammates Seth Blair and Boone Whiting. His main secondary pitch was his improved slider with a big difference in velocity at 72-76 and he also showed a change at 78-83.

As a result of his strong second half and fall, Siegrist was a clear choice to be added to the 40-man roster. That move was made in November to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. With continued progress at Memphis, an MLB debut out of the pen in the second half of 2013 should not be considered out of the question.

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