The Season in Review - Memphis

The first of a new series highlighting the players in each of the St. Louis Cardinals' affiliates in 2005.

Note from Editor: We hope you will enjoy our new series, as Leonda Markee takes a statistically-oriented deep dive into each of the Cardinals top six minor league affiliates – Memphis, Springfield, Quad Cities, Palm Beach, New Jersey and Johnson City – one by one.

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However, I think you'll agree that this depth of information is not available anywhere else. So, enjoy! – Brian Walton

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Welcome to the first of my looks back at each of the St. Louis minor league teams. This report requires a bit of explanation:
- First, the roster used is the last active roster available, with a few notable exceptions and is listed by age, youngest to eldest, which should give a way to differentiate actual prospects from borderline prospects from strict roster filler.
- The age given is each player's age as of April 2005, the season's start.
- Next, the positions played are in order of most to least often. I did not differentiate the designated hitter from the pinch hitter role at this level so the "designated hitter" is only given for those players that were a DH a significant part of the season.
- All stats given are minor league stats only unless otherwise noted.
- The "last month" line in the "Roster" sub-heading covers the final twenty-eight games of the season.
- In the in-depth look at pitchers I charted how all pitchers' outs were recorded: via a groundball, fly ball or strikeout. Those percentages are listed after "Out Type".
- "Contact Outs" covers those outs made by contact with the ball. Those percentages of either ground- or flyballs were used to determine "Type of Pitcher".
- The ratio of ground-to-fly balls used to determine whether a pitcher is predominately groundball, fly ball or neutral changes from season-to-season, depending on each season's results. Therefore, a range of 1.2-to-1.3 ground-to-fly balls was calculated as the neutral range. This roughly corresponds to 52%-to-56% ground-to-fly balls. Anything outside that range places the pitcher in either the groundball or fly ball category.
Enjoy!

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AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Season – April 7th through September 5th
Final Record – 71 - 72
Final Standing – Third, three and one-half games behind the Nashville Sounds (Brewers)

A Look Back At The Season
If the role of a Triple-A club is to fill the needs of the parent club on demand, then Memphis succeeded in its role. If the role of a Triple-A club is to participate in the postseason, then Memphis failed.
The following Redbirds' starters got the call up at some point during the regular season: leftfielder John Gall, shortstop Hector Luna, catcher Mike Mahoney, right fielder John Rodriguez, centerfielder Skip Schumaker, third baseman Scott Seabol and pitchers Carmen Cali, Kevin Jarvis, Jimmy Journell, Anthony Reyes, Brad Thompson and Gabe White. Luna, Rodriguez, Seabol and Thompson departed, never to return. Mahoney spent considerable time in St. Louis and Schumaker was up over three weeks. Most players were called up more than once and that created a merry-go-round effect from which it was difficult to recover. Losing that many key players is a hit for any club, particularly so for a minor league system in which the upper levels are not equipped to refill from within.
Memphis spent much of the first part of the season in first place but slid into second place the week ending June 19th while Seabol and Schumaker were in St. Louis. The acquisition of John Rodriguez on June 9th kept Memphis competitive but his promotion to St. Louis on July 18th basically gutted the Redbirds' offense. Rodriguez and Seabol were two of the Redbirds' top hitters and their loss left an enormous void. Mike Mahoney guided the Redbirds' pitching staff, one of the best in the league, and his absence during a significant stretch in July and August was felt. Still, the Redbirds had a shot at the postseason but the available players did not get the job done. I selected several key personnel for an in-depth look. Checking their monthly stats shows a decline in performance that created a hole from which they could not recover.
All-in-all, the Redbirds fulfilled their role of parent club feeder extremely well but failed to make it to the postseason which was still an attainable goal although very difficult. Therefore, the season can be called both a success and a failure. On which side the scale tips depends on your point-of-view.

The Roster (by age, youngest to oldest)
Pitchers
Narveson, Chris – 12/20/81 (23) – LHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - sixth season, 646.1 innings pitched (at season's end)
- last month - 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 6.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 8 SO, 12.15 ERA and 2.70 WHIP (to disabled list on August 20th)
Reyes, Anthony – 10/16/81 (23) – RHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - second season, 239.2 (minor) and 8.1 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 0-2, 24 IP, 17 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 4 HR, 6 BB, 30 SO, 4.50 ERA, 0.958 WHIP
Wainwright, Adam – 08/30/81 (23) – RHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - sixth season, 784.2 (minor) and 1.0 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 4-1, 38.1 IP, 40 H, 16 R, 14 ER, 2 HR, 10 BB, 39 SO, 3.29 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
Johnson, Tyler* – 06/07/81 (23) – LHP
- role/position - Bullpen, Closer
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - fifth season, 398 (minor) and 2 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 9 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 2 SV, 10 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 12 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.70 WHIP
- *Note: Although Johnson was promoted to St. Louis on September 2nd, he is included in the final roster since he spent almost all of the season with Memphis
Cali, Carmen – 11/04/78 (26) – LHP
- role/position - Bullpen, Closer
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - sixth season, 395.2 (minor) and 13.1 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 11 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 0 SV, 13 IP, 16 H, 15 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 6 SO, 2.08 ERA, 1.77 WHIP
Falkenborg, Brian – 01/18/78 (27) – RHP
- role/position - Bullpen, Closer
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - eighth season, 598.0 (minor) and 17.1 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 13 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 6 SV, 16 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 14 SO, 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP
Gissell, Chris – 01/04/78 (27) – RHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - tenth season, 1,220.1 (minor) and 8.2 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 0 SO, 9.00 ERA, 2.50 WHIP (on disabled list from August 3rd to September 2nd)
Journell, Jimmy – 12/27/77 (27) – RHP
- role/position - Bullpen, Closer
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - sixth season (including 2.2 IP in 2004), 416.1 (minor) and 13.1 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 2 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 1 SO, 21.69 ERA, 5.42 WHIP (to disabled list on September 1st)
Pearce, Josh – 08/20/77 (27) – RHP
- role/position - Swing (primarily out of bullpen), Closer
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A
- experience - seventh season, 823.0 (minor) and 24.1 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 7 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 14 IP, 17 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 HR, 3 BB, 9 SO 5.14 ERA, 1.43 WHIP
Cummings, Jeremy – 11/07/76 (28) – RHP
- role/position - Swing, used primarily as a starter
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A
- experience - seventh season (including 11.1 IP in 2000), 751.2 innings pitched
- last month - 6 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 4-1, 30 IP, 20 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 12 BB, 23 SO, 2.40 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
Flores, Randy – 07/31/75 (29) – LHP
- role/position - Bullpen
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - ninth season, 1,046.0 (minor) and 82 (major) innings pitched
- last month - not applicable since Flores was optioned to Memphis strictly to set the postseason roster pitcher/postion player ratio
Pulsipher, Bill – 10/09/73 (31) – LHP
- role/position - Swing, used primarily as a starter
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A
- experience - thirteenth season, 1,180.2 (minor) and 327 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 3-1, 33.2 IP, 39 H, 12 R, 10 ER, 3 HR, 4 BB, 40 SO, 2.67 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
Lee, David – 03/12/73 (32) – RHP
- role/position - Bullpen
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - tenth season, 455.2 (minor) and 115.1 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 4 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 SO, 23.14 ERA, 4.29 WHIP
Almanza, Armando – 10/26/72 (32) – LHP
- role/position - Bullpen
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - thirteenth season, 452.1 innings pitched
- last month - 9 G, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 9 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 9 SO, 1.45 WHIP
Jarvis, Kevin** – 08/01/69 (35) – RHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - fifteenth season, 1,108 (minor) and 752.2 (major) innings pitched
- last month - 5 G, 5 GS, 1-3, 27.2 IP, 36 H, 17 R, 17 ER, 3 HR, 10 BB, 28 SO, 5.53 ERA, 1.67 WHIP
- **Note: Although Jarvis requested and was granted his release on September 2nd, he is included in the final roster since he spent almost all of the season with Memphis.

Position

Duncan, Chris – 05/05/81 (23)
- role/position - first base, right field
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - seventh season, 2,872 at bats
- last month - .284/.394/.545/.940, 25-for-88 in 28 games, 14 R, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 16 BB, 27 SO
Schumaker, Skip – 02/03/80 (25)
- role/position - centerfield
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - fifth season, 2,014 at bats
- last month - .188/.259/.250/.509, 9-for-48 in 14 games, 4 , 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 6 SO (although not on disabled list, injured and did not play good portion of the final month)
Jaramillo, Milko – 01/21/80 (25)
- role/position - shortstop, second base, third base
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A
- experience - ninth season, 2,462 at bats
- last month - .423/.500/.462/.962, 11-for-26 in 14 games, 4 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO
Nelson, John – 03/03/79 (26)
- role/position - shortstop, right field
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - fifth season, 1,872 at bats
- last month - .145/.244/.211/.455, 11-for-76 in 26 games, 7 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 10 BB, 27 SO
Hummel, Tim – 11/18/78 (26)
- role/position - third base, second base, shortstop
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - sixth season, 2,330 (minor) and 194 (major) at bats
- last month - .292/.344/.393/.737, 26-for-89 in 25 games, 5 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 12 SO
Gall, John – 04/02/78 (27)
- role/position - left field, first base, third base, right field
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - sixth season, 2,701 at bats
- last month - .272/.361/.424/.785, 25-for-92 in 25 games, 14 R, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 17 SO
Cresse, Brad – 07/31/78 (26)
- role/position - catcher, first base
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A
- experience - sixth season, 1,700 at bats
- last month - .308/.333/.590/.923, 12-for-39 in 13 games, 6 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 9 SO (combined stats – Memphis/Springfield/Memphis)
Zoccolillo, Peter – 02/06/77 (28)
- role/position - right field, first base, left field, third base
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A
- experience - fourth season, 1,626 (minor) and 37 (major) at bats
- last month - .286/.333/.357/.690, 4-for-14 in 6 games, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 0 SO (to disabled list on August 18th)
Taylor, Reggie – 01/12/77 (28)
- role/position - right field, left field, centerfield
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - eleventh season, 3,797 (minor) and 485 (major) at bats
- last month - .194/.239/.258/.497, 12-for-62 in 22 games, 8 R, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 15 SO
Hart, Bo – 09/27/76 (28)
- role/position - second base, third base, shortstop
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - seventh season, 2,299 (minor) and 309 (major) at bats
- last month - .243/.325/.336/.661, 26-for-107 in 28 games, 21 R, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 11 BB, 20 SO
Cancel, Robinson – 05/04/76 (28)
- role/position - catcher, first base
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, Triple-A
- experience - eleventh season, 2,972 (minor) and 44 (major) at bats
- last month - .232/.295/.339/.634, 13-for-56 in 17 games, 6 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 10 SO
Allen, Chad – 02/06/75 (30)
- role/position - centerfield, right field, left field
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - tenth season, 2,772 (minor) and 798 (major) at bats
- last month - .291/.337/.465/.802, 25-for-86 in 25 games, 11 R, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB, 14 SO
Berger, Brandon – 02/21/75 (30)
- role/position - left field, designated hitter, right field,
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - tenth season, 3,583 (minor) and 217 (major) at bats
- last month - .189/.283/.321/.604, 10-for-53 in 21 games, 4 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 12 SO
Gonzalez, Raul – 12/27/73 (31)
- role/position - left field, right field, centerfield
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A
- experience - fifteen years, 5,343 (minor) and 348 (major) at bats
- last month - on disabled list entire period
Mahoney, Michael*** – 12/05/72 (32)
- role/position - catcher
- 2005 level(s) - Triple-A, St. Louis
- experience - eleven years, 2,659 (minor) and 100 (major) at bats
- last month - .346/.433/.500/.933, 9-for-26 in 7 games, 3 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SO - ***Note: Although Mahoney was in St. Louis for all but eight games during the last month of the season and was promoted back to St. Louis on August 31st, he is included here because he was a big part of Memphis' season.

In-Depth – The Pitchers
Cali, Carmen –
Drafted - 10th round (293rd overall) , 2000 draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Type of Pitcher - Neutral range
Out Type - 40.00% ground, 34.29% fly, 25.71% strike in 175 outs
Contact Outs - 53.85% ground, 46.15% fly in 130 outs
Comment - Cali had a rough year. He began well in April and found himself in St. Louis at the month's end but could not stick. He struggled upon his return in May but improved enough in June to get the call over Tyler Johnson when Randy Flores was placed on the disabled list on June 24th. However, Cali's numbers simply fall off the table when he returns to Memphis on July 8th. Both his ERA and WHIP balloon through the end of the month before improving in August and September. However, his K/BB ratio declines through the season's end. Cali turns 27 in November and his window of opportunity is closing but he does have the advantage of being left-handed which means that window will remain open longer than if he were right-handed.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 7 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 0 SV, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2.25 ERA, 0.875 WHIP, 4.00 K/BB, 4.50 K/9 IP, 1.13 BB/9 IP – in St. Louis at month's end
- May –12 G, 0 GS, 2-1, 2 SV, 13 IP, 19 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 15 SO, 6.23 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 2.14 K/BB, 10.38 K/9 IP, 4.9 BB/9 IP
- June – 8 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 9.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 8 SO, 3.85 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 1.33 K/BB, 7.7 K/9 IP, 5.8 BB/9 IP – in St. Louis at month's end
- July – 9 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 9.2 IP, 20 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 11 SO, 13.04 ERA, 2.69 WHIP, 1.83 K/BB, 10.3 K/9 IP, 5.6 BB/9 IP
- August – 10 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 13 IP, 18 H, 18 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 8 SO, 4.15 ERA, 1.92 WHIP, 1.14 K/BB, 5.54 K/9 IP, 4.8 BB/9 IP
- September – 4 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 0.50 K/BB, 1.69 K/9 IP, 3.4 BB/9 IP

Cummings, Jeremy -
Drafted - 21st round (642nd overall), 1999 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Type of Pitcher - Flyball
Out Type - 31.44% ground, 40.92% fly, 27.64% strike in 369 outs
Contact Outs - 43.45% ground, 56.55% fly in 267 outs
Comment - Cummings had a tumultuous year that included a suspension in May for violating Minor League baseball's drug policy. Cummings pitched in Venezuela last winter where he received treatment for an injury. He insists that treatment led to his positive test for which he was suspended. He was demoted to Springfield upon his return from that suspension where he pitched exclusively in the rotation. August saw his return to Memphis where he finished the season strong, as noted in the above "Roster" section. Cummings turns 29 in November and is firmly in the "Quad-A/Filler" status. He is a minor league free agent and may well attract interest elsewhere due to his strong finish. However, his window is probably closed.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 4 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, 7.94 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 2.00 K/BB, 6.3 K/9 IP, 3.2 BB/9 IP
- May – 4 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 12.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 14 SO, 1.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 2.00 K/BB, 10.2 K/9 IP, 5.1 BB/9 IP (combined stats – Memphis/Springfield)
- June – 5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 2-2, 29.1 IP, 25 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 21 SO, 3.99 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB, 6.4 K/9 IP, 2.1 BB/9 IP (Springfield)
- July – 5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 2-1, 30.1 IP, 35 H, 19 R, 16 ER, 6 HR, 9 BB, 25 SO, 4.75 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 2.8 K/BB, 7.4 K/9 IP, 2.7 BB/9 IP (Springfield)
- August – 7 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 6-1, 39.1 IP, 30 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 6 HR, 14 BB, 28 SO, 3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 2.00 K/BB, 6.4 K/9 IP, 3.2 BB/9 IP (combined stats – Springfield/Memphis)
- September – 1 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1.80 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 5+ K/BB, 9 K/9 IP, 0.00 BB/9 IP

Johnson, Tyler -
Drafted - 34th round (1013th overall), 2000 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Type of Pitcher - Strikeout/Neutral with groundball tendency
Out Type - 31.61% ground, 24.14% fly, 44.25% strike in 174 outs
Contact Outs - 56.70% ground, 43.30% fly in 94 outs
Comment - 2nd on the list of strikeout relievers (by percentage of total outs) in St. Louis' minor league system but the top guy is at a much lower level league. (He will be revealed in a later team summary.) Tyler was taken by Oakland in the December 2004 Rule 5 draft but returned at the end of Spring Training, mainly due to walking an average of 16.2 batters every nine innings during his trial there. Johnson also has the reputation for not working as hard as he might to maximize his abilities, to put it tactfully. He spent April, May and June continuing to underachieve, this time on a massive scale. During that period he compiled a 6.68 ERA and 1.62 WHIP while walking five and one-half batters every nine innings in twenty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched. However, in July he turned his season around. In an interview with a local paper in late July/August, Johnson said that he finally understood what he had to do to succeed and that showed on the playing field. Johnson accumulated a 1.84 ERA and 0.99 WHIP while walking two and one-half batters every nine innings in twenty-nine and one-third innings pitched from July through September. Johnson was promoted to St. Louis on September 2nd and will be strongly in the running for a slot in the 2006 St. Louis bullpen.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 10 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 1 SV, 7 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 10 SO, 7.71 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 10.00 K/BB, 12.9 K/9 IP, 1.3 BB/9 IP
- May – 12 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 0 SV, 10.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 8 SO, 5.23 ERA, 2.03 WHIP, 0.73 K/BB, 6.97 K/9 IP, 9.5 BB/9 IP
- June – 10 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 12.1 IP, 13 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 18 SO, 7.29 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB, 13 K/9 IP, 4.4 BB/9 IP
- July – 12 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 4 SV, 15.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 23 SO, 1.76 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 4.6 K/BB, 13.5 K/9 IP, 2.9 BB/9 IP
- August – 12 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 2 SV, 13.1 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 18 SO, 2.03 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 6.00 K/BB, 12.2 K/9 IP, 2 BB/9 IP
- September – 1 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, .67 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0.00 K/BB, 0 K/9 IP, 0.00 BB/9 IP (promoted to St. Louis on September 2nd)

Reyes, Anthony –
Drafted - 15th round (380th overall), 2003 draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Type of Pitcher - Strikeout/Flyball
Out Type - 23.87% ground, 40.05% fly, 36.07% strike in 377 outs
Contact Outs - 37.34% ground, 62.66% fly in 241 outs
Comment - #1 strikeout and flyball starter in the St. Louis minor league system. Reyes started off well in April and May, causing some fans to have visions of Reyes forcing his way onto the 2005 St. Louis rotation. But that vision turned out to be a mirage as he struggled in June before going onto the disabled list on June 14th. He did alright upon his activation from the disabled list on July 3rd until August came around when his performance became very uneven. He sandwiched one excellent Memphis start and one sterling Major League debut start between several simply dreadful ones in Memphis. It is worth noting that Reyes' previous high in innings pitched for a season was one hundred one during the 2004 season. This season Reyes completed one hundred one innings at the end of July. Therefore, he entered new territory, pitching-wise, from August onwards. Barring injury or unforeseen circumstances, Reyes should begin 2006 in the St. Louis rotation. However, his durability will remain a question until he proves otherwise.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 2-1, 25.1 IP, 19 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 4 HR, 4 BB, 26 SO, 3.20 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 6.50 K/BB, 9.24 K/9 IP, 1.42 BB/9 IP
- May – 6 G, 6 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 3-1, 39.1 IP, 27 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 1 HR, 9 BB, 32 SO, 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 3.6 K/BB, 7.3 K/9 IP, 2.1 BB/9 IP
- June – 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 8 SO, 7.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 2.7 K/BB, 12 K/9 IP, 4.5 BB/9 IP
- July – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 30.1 IP, 29 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 3 HR, 8 BB, 36 SO, 3.56 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 4.50 K/BB, 10.7 K/9 IP, 2.4 BB/9 IP
- August – 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 0-2, 21.2 IP, 20 H, 17 R, 17 ER, 5 HR, 7 BB, 26 SO, 7.06 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 3.7 K/BB, 10.8 K/9 IP, 2.9 BB/9 IP
- September – 1G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 8 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 2.7 K/BB, 12 K/9 IP, 4.5 BB/9 IP

Wainwright, Adam –
Drafted - 1st round (29th overall), 2000 Draft, Atlanta Braves
Type of Pitcher - Neutral range
Out Type - 39.89% ground, 32.84% fly, 27.27% strike in 539 outs
Contact Outs - 54.85% ground, 45.15% fly in 392 outs
Comment - As is well known, Wainwright was a first round draft pick by an organization that is highly esteemed for their pitching acumen. As such, the expectations for him have been high. Last season was his first with the St. Louis organization and it was cut short due to injury. This season Wainwright's performance was uneven. His April and May numbers were excellent but he struggled in mid-season before finishing the last month of the season with acceptable numbers. Danny Sheaffer, the Redbirds' manager, in large part attributed Wainwright's struggles to the number of innings he pitched this season which were a new high for him at one hundred eight-two. However, I do not entirely buy that explanation since Wainwright previously pitched over one hundred sixty innings in both 2001 and 2002. Therefore, he only pitched an additional eighteen innings this season over those numbers. I do think Adam may have stamina issues due to only pitching sixty or so innings last season. Wainwright should compete for a slot in the St. Louis 2006 bullpen with an eye towards a 2007 rotation slot.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 2-1, 27 IP, 29 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 22 SO, 2.00 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 11.00 K/BB, 7.3 K/9 IP, 0.67 BB/9 IP
- May – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 2-1, 39.2, 34 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 3 HR, 6 BB, 32 SO, 2.72 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 5.3 K/BB, 7.3 K/9 IP, 1.4 BB/9 IP
- June – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 1-4, 39 IP, 50 H, 26 R, 24 ER, 6 HR, 15 BB, 25 SO, 5.54 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 1.7 K/BB, 5.8 K/9 IP, 3.5 BB/9 IP
- July – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 1-2, 36.2 IP, 41 H, 28 R, 24 ER, 6 HR, 16 BB, 28 SO, 5.89 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 1.75 K/BB, 6.9 K/9 IP, 3.9 BB/9 IP
- August – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 3-2, 33.2 IP, 44 H, 24 R, 22 ER, 2 HR, 10 BB, 33 SO, 5.88 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 3.3 K/BB, 8.8 K/9 IP, 2.7 BB/9 IP
- September – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 3.50 K/BB, 10.5 K/9 IP, 3.00 BB/9 IP

In-Depth – The Hitters
Duncan, Chris –
Drafted - 1st round (46th overall), 1999 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Comment - Despite this being Duncan's seventh professional season, he is one of the youngest players on the Memphis roster. Offensively, Duncan put together an acceptable campaign in his Triple-A debut but his defense remains questionable. Duncan committed nineteen errors this season while primarily playing first base. That total includes more than a few which were acquired because he has a difficult time catching pop foul balls. Since he has absolutely no future at first base in the St. Louis organization, due to the presence of What's-His-Name, the Cardinals are assessing Duncan's ability in the outfield. He appeared in right field during some part of nineteen games this season for Memphis, mostly in the latter part of the season. Duncan received a September call-up to St. Louis when the rosters expanded.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – .342/.366/.519, 20 G, 79 AB, 8 R, 27 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 14 SO, 1 SB, 2 CS
- May – .152/.293/.303, 21 G, 66 AB, 9 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 14 BB, 18 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS
- June – .258/.362/.539, 27 G, 89 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 8 HR, 19 RBI, 14 BB, 22 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS
- July – .247/.354/.388, 26 G, 85 AB, 9 R, 21 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 13 BB, 14 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS
- August – .297/.385/.515, 28 G, 101 AB, 14 R, 30 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 15 BB, 33 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS
- September – .250/.471/.667, 6 G, 12 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS

Gall, John –
Drafted - 11th Round (323rd overall), 2000 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Comment - 2005 was John Gall's second full season in Triple-A and his weakest offensive season since his professional debut in 2000 when he played short-A ball. Now this is entirely speculation on my part but I wonder whether Gall's offensive slump this season was due to the lack of a call-up to St. Louis the previous two seasons. The knock on Gall has always been his defense but I admit that I spent a lot of this season thinking "Gall simply cannot be a worse outfielder than Marlon Anderson!" Gall's range remains limited and his defense makes things exciting but I am not sure he is a worse defender than Manny Ramirez. Of course, Manny is not being paid for his glove work but for his bat. If Gall can hit like Manny then he is very employable in the Majors. Much to my surprise, however, "The Stanford Hitting Machine" received a call-up to St. Louis in July and is under consideration for a postseason roster slot as a righthanded pinch hitter with some pop.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – .255/.300/.327, 16 G, 55 AB, 8 R, 14 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO, 3 SB, 1 CS
- May – .301/.368/.548, 27 G, 93 AB, 17 R, 28 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 10 BB, 9 SO, 2 SB, 0 CS
- June – .276/.356/.461, 26 G, 76 AB, 15 R, 21 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 10 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS
- July – .228/.302/.333, 19 G, 57 AB, 6 R, 13 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS
- August – .297/.357/.486, 19 G, 74 AB, 11 R, 22 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 8 BB, 12 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS
- September – .167/.375/.167, 6 G, 18 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 6 BB, 5 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS

Nelson, John –
Drafted - 8th Round (254th overall), 2001 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Comment - Nelson got off to an excellent Triple-A debut by hitting over .300 for the month but that was the highlight of his season. Nelson is among the leaders in strikeouts per at bat in the Cardinals' minor league system and his strikeouts far exceed his walks. He did post an nice on-base percentage during September's few games. Nelson is scheduled to play winter ball where he will work on decreasing his K rate. He turns 27 next March so the time for him to get moving is now.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – .324/.418/.529, 20 G, 68 AB, 7 R, 22 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 9 BB, 23 SO, 0 SB, 2 CS
- May – .244/.361/.500, 25 G, 82 AB, 12 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 14 BB, 35 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS
- June – .273/.360/.420, 26 G, 88 AB, 11 R, 24 H, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 12 BB, 21 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS
- July – .195/.242/.333, 25 G, 87 AB, 14 R, 17 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 28 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS
- August – .189/.247/.289, 27 G, 90 AB, 10 R, 17 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 32 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS
- September – .250/.438/.417, 5 G, 12 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS

Schumaker, Skip –
Drafted - 5th Round (164th overall), 2001 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Comment - Schumaker is the best defender in the Memphis outfield and an indispensable part of their offense from the lead-off slot. He put up pretty good numbers in his first year at the Triple-A level before a leg injury in August severely curtailed his playing time and impacted his numbers. Schumaker spent time in St. Louis this season and his absence, along with others, impacted the Redbirds' play-off chances. He will be in the running for a bench slot on the 2006 St. Louis team.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – .315/.361/.472, 21 G, 89 AB, 17 R, 28 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 8 SO, 5 SB, 0 CS
- May – .273/.328/.355, 30 G, 110 AB, 14 R, 30 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 13 SO, 3 SB, 2 CS
- June – .276/.288/.431, 16 G, 58 AB, 7 R, 16 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS (Spent time in St. Louis)
- July – .279/.317/.423, 28 G, 111 AB, 18 R, 31 H, 7 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 19 SO, 2 SB, 0 CS
- August – .328/.365/.345, 14 G, 58 AB, 8 R, 19 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 6 SO, 3 SB, 1 CS
- September – .176/.286/.353, 6 G, 17 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS

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