TCN 2013 Cards Prospect #18: Patrick Wisdom

The second of three third basemen taken by the Cardinals early in the 2012 draft excelled at Batavia. What is ahead in 2013?

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

2012 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NA 3B 8/27/1991 6-2 210 R R 2012 1s

School: St. Mary's College of California

Selected 2012 stats

BAT 0.282 0.346 241 40 68 16 6 32 31 58 2 0.389 0.373 0.465 0.837

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

CariocaCardinal (21): Wisdom was not a universally liked pick in the supplemental first round of the 2012 draft. He was coming off a college season in which his average had dropped nearly 90 points from the previous year to a very pedestrian .263. Wisdom did manage to continue show the flashes of power he had shown in his first two college seasons.

Once he turned pro, however, he received nearly universal praise from those who saw him play. Besides the normal things one can infer from his hitting stats, Wisdom has two strong pluses going for him. First, he projects to be able to stay at third base both bat wise and glove wise - something the Cards haven't had in a top prospect for some time. Second, Wisdom played 2012 at just 20 years of age so he has a lot of time to mature as a hitter and to develop more power (which already a strengt.).

If Wisdom was older, I might predict he would start 2013 at Palm Beach, but given his age, I don't think the Cardinals will push him that fast. They will most likely start him at Peoria with a move to Palm Beach dependent on his ability to hit for average.

Message board community (20): Wisdom was grabbed with the #52 overall pick in this year's draft, and showed well with both bat and glove at short-season Batavia. Specifically, Wisdom started 14 double plays while committing just five errors - a tremendous ratio. At the dish, the St. Mary's product posted a line of .282/.373/.465 in a league where the average was just .244/.318/.345.

What the Redbirds seem to have is a hot corner prospect who's capable of hitting for a solid batting average, with good patience and pop, and plus leatherwork. That's a lot to like. And with David Freese turning 30 this spring, Wisdom seems a fairly natural successor come 2016 or so. -BobReed

Brian Walton (14): With fellow third base draftee Stephen Piscotty placed ahead at Class-A Quad Cities, the Cardinals were not tempted to push Wisdom too quickly. He spent his entire first professional summer one level lower, in the New York-Penn League, and impressed.

Still just 20 years of age at the time - later celebrating his 21st birthday at the end of August - Wisdom put up slightly better numbers than Piscotty. He showed excellent plate discipline but his BABIP as well as his collegiate history raises a question about his average going forward.

Wisdom received positive reviews for his glove, both with Batavia and in fall instructional camp. He is the most polished defensively of the three third sackers taken by the Cardinals in the first 86 picks (with Carson Kelly being the third).

My ranking of Wisdom at 14 is more aggressive than the other voters, but I feel it is justified. Wisdom's rookie performance was everything advertised and more.

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