1. Nick Stavinoha – The only draft pick to be sent directly to full-season ball by the Cardinals this season. The 23-year-old is hitting .342/.399.564 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs in 61 games for low Class A Quad Cities.
Signed for only $15,000 as a seventh round pick out of LSU, Stavinoha has pretty good arm strength and plays a decent right field. He also has good plate discipline, having drawn 23 walks while striking out only 24 times.
2. Nick Webber – A second round pick out of Central Missouri State, Webber was dominant after being assigned to short-season Class A New Jersey, going 5-2 with an ERA of 1.87, striking out 43 and walking 15 in 53 innings. He was promoted to Quad Cities on August 12 and has a 3.68 ERA in four starts with the Swing.
Webber, 21, was a closer in college, but the Cardinals converted him to a starter. His mid-90s fastball was said to be one of the best in the draft.
3. Bryan Anderson – Only 18-years-old, Anderson was the Cardinals' fourth round pick out of Simi Valley High School in California. He hit .331/.383/.513 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 51 games for Rookie-level Johnson City.
Anderson, who received a $250,000 signing bonus, is said to have a pretty good throwing arm.
4. Colby Rasmus – The Cardinals top pick hit .296/.362/.511 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs for Johnson City. He also stole 12 bases while being caught only three times.
The 18-year-old center fielder out of Russell County High School in Alabama received a $1,000,000 signing bonus.
5. Matt Trent – Trent, who was drafted in the 30th round, compiled nine saves for New Jersey, allowing only one run in 14 appearances (0.68 ERA) before being promoted to Quad Cities. He has struggled since being promoted to the Swing, however, posting a 5.25 ERA in nine appearances.
"I don't know how he dropped to the 30th round with the stuff he has shown us," St. Louis pitching coordinator Mark Riggins recently told the Springfield News-Leader. One reason was that he underwent Tommy John surgery last season.
News and Notes
• According to a report that appeared in the New Jersey Herald this week, a rumor that is circulating has the New Jersey Cardinals, or another NY-Penn League team, moving before next season.
A new stadium was built in State College, Pa. for a team by 2006. The new team would assume the same management as the Eastern League's Altoona Curve (Double-A) but with a different nickname.
New Jersey Cardinals General Manager Tony Torre didn't have much to say on the subject, but didn't rule it out. He said that right now, they are just trying to make the playoffs and are planning for next season, having already received several season ticket orders.
• Adam Wainwright enjoyed his best outing in two months on Wednesday night, pitching six shutout innings, allowing only three hits, striking out seven and walking two.
Wainwright is expected to be called up today as the rosters expanded on Thursday. For the season, he is 9-10 with a 4.50 ERA, striking out 140 and walking 49 in 28 starts for Triple-A Memphis this season.
• Outfielder Sean Danielson received a promotion to low Class A Quad Cities on Tuesday.
Danielson, 23, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in July out of the University of Texas at San Antonio. He hit .344 with an OBP of .411 in 97 games for New Jersey.
• Infielder Juan Lucena went on the disabled list on Tuesday with a lower back strain.
Lucena was batting .298 in 98 games for the Swing this season. The 21-year-old was signed by the Cardinals out of Venezuela in 2002.
• Calvin Hayes was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and sent down to short-season Class A New Jersey on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old infielder began the year at high Class A Palm Beach and hit .281 in 181 at bats, but was sent down to extended spring training on June 14. He joined the Swing of Quad Cities on June 19, and hit .242 in 95 at-bats. He left the Swing in early August for personal reasons.
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