Jason Scott's Cardinals Prospect Report

News and notes from all around the Cardinals' system with special focus on the September call-ups.

The Cardinals have called up six prospects since rosters expanded on September 1st. Here is a look at what their roles might be this September and how it will affect their future.

Anthony Reyes: Considered to be the organization's top prospect, Reyes might get a start during September, but as of right now, there is no obvious start available. For now, he will work out of the bullpen.

Reyes was impressive in a one-start call-up in August, getting a win against the Brewers. He went 7-6 with a 3.64 ERA, striking out 136 in 128-2/3 innings, for Memphis this season.

The 23-year-old will compete for a spot in the Cardinals starting rotation next season.

Adam Wainwright: While it remains possible that Wainwright could get a start, he will most likely spend the rest of the season working out of the bullpen.

The 24-year-old was acquired along with Ray King and Jason Marquis in the trade that sent J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2004 season.

Wainwright had an up-and-down season for Memphis, but finished the season strong, allowing only one run on eight hits over his final two starts, striking out 14 and walking four. For the season, he went 10-10 with a 4.40 ERA in 29 starts.

Like Reyes, Wainwright will also compete for a spot in the rotation next season. If that doesn't work out, it is also possible that they could have him work out of the bullpen.

Tyler Johnson: Johnson was impressive in his major league debut on Tuesday night, showing a nice sharp-breaking curve, which is considered to be one of the best in the organization. He will be the third lefty out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season. If he continues to do as he did in his debut, he could gain the confidence from manager Tony La Russa to be used in more crucial situations.

A 34th round pick of the Cardinals in 2000, Johnson was taken by Oakland last December in the Rule 5 Draft but returned to St. Louis at the end of Spring Training. The 24-year-old was 2-1 with seven saves and a 4.27 ERA in 57 games. He also struck out 77 while walking 26 and giving up 51 hits in 59 innings for Memphis.

Johnson will likely compete with Randy Flores next season to be the second lefty out of the bullpen.

Chris Duncan: With Albert Pujols expected to get treatment on his foot soon, Duncan might see some playing time at first base, but he is expected to play primarily in the outfield with the Cardinals.

Duncan, 24, hit .265 with 21 home runs in 127 games for Memphis this season. He is the son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan.

Next season, he will compete for a job on the Cardinals bench.

Skip Schumaker: Schumaker's role will likely remain the same as it has been. He will get some time in the outfield and pinch run as well.

The 25-year-old hit .286 with a .331 on-base percentage and 13 steals in 16 tries for Triple-A Memphis this season

Schumaker will also likely compete for a bench job next season.

John Gall: Gall's role will probably be similar to Duncan's and Schumaker's.

The 27-year-old hit .274/.348/.439 for Memphis this season and hit his first major league home run on Thursday night.

Also like Duncan and Schumaker, Gall will compete for a bench job with the Cardinals next season.

News and Notes
• Speaking of Wainwright, he was named Pitcher of the Week for the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday, after going 2-0, allowing only one run on nine hits in 12 innings, and striking out 14.

• The Cardinals finalized the list of players they will be sending to the Arizona Fall League this week. As first reported here, Chris Lambert was confirmed and a new face has entered the picture as well. Righthander Rich Scalamandre will also be going, and represents the lone player the Cardinals were allowed to select from under the Double-A level.

For the 2005 season, Scalamandre fanned 45 in 54-1/3 innings, registering a 3.15 ERA. He also appeared in seven games with Springfield earlier in the season. The 25-year-old was a 23rd round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2002. He will play on the "Taxi Squad" for the Surprise Scorpions, which means that he will only be activated on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Lambert finished the season 3-8 with a 6.35 ERA in 18 starts for Springfield, striking out 69 and walking 48 in 85 innings. His worst start was probably his last start, when he didn't even make it out of the first inning, allowing six runs on three hits.

Also representing the Cardinals will be Andy Cavazos, Cory Doyne, Cody Haerther, Travis Hanson and Gabe Johnson.

• Palm Beach Cardinals closer Mark Worrell was named the minor league winner of the 2005 Rolaids Relief Man award on Wednesday, narrowly beating Matt Varner of the Fort Wayne Wizards (Midwest League). Worrell earned 103 points and Varner was second with 100.

Given to the top relief pitcher in Minor League Baseball, Rolaids awards three points for each save and two points for each victory in relief, while deducting two points for each loss.

Worrell, 22, was the Cardinals' 12th round pick last season out of Florida International. He was recently named to the Florida State League post-season All-Star team. For the season, Worrell was 2-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 35 saves in 53 appearances. He struck out 53 and walked 19, while allowing only 38 hits in 56 innings pitched. He is not related to Todd or Tim Worrell.

"He's got a changeup, a slider, a fastball and he can throw them all of them at any time," Vero Beach Dodgers manager Scott Little recently said of Worrell. "You can't sit on him at all."

• On Wednesday, Brandon Yarbrough was removed from the Quad Cities roster and placed on the Temporary Inactive list. The move was made so that the Swing could activate catcher Spencer Wyman for the playoffs.

Yarbrough, 20, was just recently promoted to Quad Cities after spending over two months with short-season Class A New Jersey, where he hit .255 in 51 games. He began the season with Quad Cities and overall hit .203 in 38 games for the Swing.

• This last piece has nothing to do with prospects, but according to Springfield Cardinals Vice President and General Manager Matt Gifford, the Cardinals are currently finalizing plans to add radar gun readings to Hammons Field for next season.

Hammons Field was recently named Ballpark of the Year by baseballparks.com.

E-mail: jasonscott@thecardinalnation.com


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