The Season in Review – Palm Beach

The third of our series highlighting the players in each of the St. Louis Cardinals' affiliates in 2005. This week, our focus is on the Single-A Palm Beach Cardinals.

The Season in Review – Palm Beach

October 11, 2005

This is the third in my series of year-end reviews of each of the St. Louis minor league teams, following my look back at Memphis and Springfield. Both reports include explanations and clarifications that hold true with this report. Therefore, please review them as needed.

Palm Beach competes in the Florida State League, a league that is traditionally thought of as a "pitchers league". Accordingly, a pitcher's stats may be artificially low when compared to performances at other levels. Also, it is more difficult to put up impressive offensive stats in this league. Five of the eight players chosen for an in-depth look, three pitchers and two position players, experienced this level for this first time.

Enjoy!

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A-Advanced – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Regular Season – April 7th through September 4th
Post-Season – September 6th through September 13th
Regular Season Record – 35 – 35 (70 – 70)
Post-Season Record – 5-3 Second Half Final Standing – First, one-half game ahead of the Vero Beach Dodgers
Post-Season Results – Florida State League Champions: Defeated the Vero Beach Dodgers 2-1 in the FSLDS , Defeated the Lakeland Tigers 3-2 in the FSLCS

A Look Back At The Season
Palm Beach ended the season as the Florida State League Champions, defeating two superior and far more successful teams in Vero Beach and Lakeland. They were able to click at the right time and rode very good pitching along with timely hitting to a championship. They had a successful season from a winning aspect. Players who participated in the postseason gained valuable experience on what it takes to win.

On the player development front, there were eight players that started in Palm Beach, were promoted to Springfield and stuck there without seeing further time in Palm Beach. Those eight players were: Starters Stuart Pomeranz and Chris Lambert, relievers Cory Doyne and Kevin Ool and position players Cody Haerther, Brendan Ryan, Rayner Laya and Ty Parker. Several other players were promoted from Palm Beach to Springfield to temporarily fill various needs on the Springfield club and then returned to Palm Beach, such as catchers Matt Pagnozzi and Jason Motte and utility player Mike McCoy. Still other pitchers spent time at both levels, like Oscar Alvarez, Andy Cavazos, Josh Axelson and Rich Scalamandre. If grades were being given out then the Palm Beach club would receive my highest grade of the six minor league clubs. They did the best job of combining on-the-field success with player development.

The Roster (by age, youngest to oldest)
Pitchers
Parisi, Mike – 04/18/83 (21) – RHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - A, A-Advanced
- experience - second season, 236 innings pitched
- last month - 5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 2-2, 31.1 IP, 28 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 HR, 13 BB, 32 SO, 2.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP
- postseason - 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 2-0, 14 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 12 SO, 2.57 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

Worrell Jr., Mark – 03/08/83 (22) –
- role/position - Reliever, closer
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - second season, 93 innings pitched
- last month - 11 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 9 SV, 10.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 6 SO, 0.87 ERA, 0.77 WHIP
- postseason - 5 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 3 SV, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 7 SO, 1.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

Haberer, Eric – 09/14/82 (22) – LHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - A, A-Advanced
- experience - second season, 209.1 innings pitched
- last month - 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 0-2, 12.2 IP, 23 H, 16 R, 14 ER, 0 HR, 8 BB, 12 SO, 9.94 ERA, 2.45 WHIP
- postseason - 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 11.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 12 SO, 1.54 ERA, 1.54 WHIP

Michael, Mark – 08/25/82 (22) – RHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - third season, 282.2 innings pitched
- last month - 5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 1-2, 27.1 IP, 25 H, 20 R, 13 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 14 SO, 4.28 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
- postseason - 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 8 BB, 4 SO, 8.44 ERA, 1.50 WHIP

Garza, Justin – 07/13/82 (22) – RHP
- role/position - Reliever
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - third season, 136.2 innings pitched
- last month - 11 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 14.2 IP, 18 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 11 SO, 3.07 ERA, 1.57 WHIP
- postseason - 1 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP

Batista, Roberto – 3/10/82 (23) – RHP
- role/position - Swing, used primarily in bullpen
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - seventh season (including one in the Dominican Summer League), 361.2 innings pitched
- last month - 9 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-0, 0 SV, 20.1 IP, 22 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 7 SO, 2.66 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
- postseason - 2 G, 0 GS, 0 SV, 0-0, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.38 WHIP

Dove, Dennis – 08/31/81 (23) – RHP
- role/position - Starter
- 2005 level(s) - A, A-Advanced
- experience - third season, 205.1 innings pitched
- last month - 3 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 1-2, 13.2 IP, 22 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 12 SO, 9.22 ERA, 2.20 WHIP - postseason - 2 G, 0 GS, 0 SV, 0-0, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 3 SO, 23.18 ERA, 3.00 WHIP

Garcia, Jose – 06/02/81 (23) – RHP
- role/position - Swing, used primarily as a starter
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - third season, 410 innings pitched
- last month - 5 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 0 SV, 21 IP, 25 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 4 HR, 9 BB, 10 SO, 4.29 ERA, 1.62 WHIP
- postseason - 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

Alvarez, Oscar – 09/17/80 (24) – LHP
- role/position - Swing, used primarily as a starter in Palm Beach
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, A-Advanced (twice)
- experience - seventh season, 480 innings pitched
- last month - 7 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 3-2, 39 IP, 38 H, 13 R, 11 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 22 SO, 2.54 ERA, 1.21 WHIP (combined stats – Springfield/Palm Beach) - postseason - 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 1-0, 12.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 HR, 3 BB, 10 SO, 2.13 ERA, 1.03 WHIP

Scalamandre, Rich – 08/20/80 (24) – RHP
- role/position - Reliever
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced, Double-A, A-Advanced
- experience - fourth season, 182.2 innings pitched
- last month - 12 G, 0 GS, 2-0, 0 SV, 11 IP, 15 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 10 SO, 5.73 ERA, 2.00 WHIP
- postseason - 4 G, 0 GS, 0-0. 0 SV, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO, 6.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP

Rawson, Anthony – 07/31/80 (24) – LHP
- role/position - Reliever
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, A-Advanced
- experience - fifth season, 282.1 innings pitched
- last month - 12 G, 0 GS, 2-0, 0 SV, 16.2 IP, 17 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 14 SO, 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
- postseason - 4 G, 0 GS, 0 SV, 0-0. 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP

Russ, Chris – 03/27/79 (26) – RHP
- role/position - Reliever
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - fifth season, 165.2 innings pitched
- last month - 9 G, 0 GS, 2-1, 0 SV, 16.1 IP, 20 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 11 SO, 5.51 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
- postseason - 2 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 SO, 9.00 ERA, 3.50 WHIP

Position
Greene, Tyler – 08/17/83 (21)
- role/position - shortstop
- 2005 level(s) - Short-season A, A-Advanced
- experience - first season, 223 at bats
- last month - .245/.300/.343/.643, 25-for-102 in 24 games, 18 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 35 SO (combined stats – New Jersey/Palm Beach)
- postseason - .162/.205/.189/.394, 6-for-37 in 8 games, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 BRI, 2 BB, 14 SO

Hoffpauir, Jarrett – 06/18/83 (21)
- role/position - second base, left field
- 2005 level(s) - A, A-Advanced
- experience - second season, 720 at bats
- last month - .263/.355/.300/.655, 21-for-80 in 24 games, 3 R, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 12 BB, 13 SO
- postseason - .320/.433/.520/.953, 8-for-25 in 8 games, 4 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 3 SO

Pagnozzi, Matt – 11/10/82 (22)
- role/position - catcher, left field
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced, Double-A, A-Advanced
- experience - third season, 590 at bats
- last month - .154/.267/.250/.517, 8-for-52 in 18 games, 4 R, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 8 BB, 10 SO
- postseason - .080/.148/.080/.228, 2-for-25 in 8 games, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 11 SO

Mather, Joe – 07/23/82 (22)
- role/position - right field, first base, left field, third base
- 2005 level(s) - A, A-Advanced
- experience - fifth season, 1,243 at bats
- last month - .278/.341/.430/.771, 22-for-79 in 22 games, 11 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 18 SO
- postseason - .000/.200/.000/.000, 0-for-16 in 7 games, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO

Evans, Terry – 01/19/82 (23)
- role/position - right field, centerfield
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - fourth season, 420 at bats
- last month - .213/.238/.328/.566, 13-for-61 in 20 games, 5 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 21 SO
- postseason - .182/.250/.182/.432, 2-for-11 in 5 games, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 7 SO

McQuade, Tony – 12/24/81 (23)
- role/position - left field, designated hitter, right field
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - third season, 623 at bats
- last month - .263/.348/.526/.874, 5-for-19 in 7 games, 6 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 SO
- postseason - .111/.385/.111/.496, 1-for-9 in 5 games, 2 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SO

Santor, John – 11/16/81 (23)
- role/position - first base, third base, designated hitter
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - sixth season, 1,643 at bats
- last month - .229/.289/.286/.575, 8-for-35 in 15 games, 3 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 8 SO
- postseason - .500/.500/.500/1.00, 2-for-4 in 1 game, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 SO

Toops, Brady – 07/31/81 (23)
- role/position - catcher
- 2005 level(s) - A, A-Advanced
- experience - second season, 311 at bats
- last month - .174/.296/.217/.514, 8-for-46 in 16 games, 5 R, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 8 BB, 12 SO
- postseason - .667/.750/1.000, 2-for-3 in 1 game, 2 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO

McCoy, Mike – 04/02/81 (23)
- role/position - second base, third base, left field, shortstop, centerfield, right field, pitcher
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced, Double-A, A-Advanced
- experience - fourth season, 1,290 at bats
- last month - .297/.449/.378/.827, 11-for-37 in 11 games, 6 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 11 BB, 9 SO
- postseason - .238/.360/.381/.741, 5-for-21 in 6 games, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO

Schutzenhofer, Andy – 01/24/81 (24)
- role/position - first base, left field
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, A-Advanced
- experience - third season, 939 at bats
- last month - .234/.326/.247/.573, 18-for-77 in 22 games, 10 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 13 SO
- postseason - .250/.400/.250/.650, 7-for-28 in 8 games, 5 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 2 SO

Gorecki, Reid – 12/22/80 (24)
- role/position - centerfield
- 2005 level(s) - Double-A, A-Advanced
- experience - fourth season, 1,612 at bats
- last month - .310/.383/.460/.843, 31-for-100 in 26 games, 16 R, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 12 BB, 30 SO
- postseason - .276/.400/.483/.883, 8-for-29 in 8 games, 4 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 4 SO

Martin, Brian – 06/14/80 (24)
- role/position - designated hitter, left field, right field
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - eighth season, 2,689 at bats
- last month - .213/.304/.238/.542, 17-for-80 in 22 games, 9 R, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 9 BB, 31 SO
- postseason - ,286/.382/.536/.918, 8-for-28 in 8 games, 4 R, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 8 SO

Dryer, Matt – 11/12/79 (25)
- role/position - third base, designated hitter, first base
- 2005 level(s) - A-Advanced
- experience - fourth season, 1,187 at bats
- last month - .207/.288/.402/.691, 19-for-92 in 25 games, 16 R, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 22 SO
postseason - .208/.269/.333/603, 5-for-24 in 6 games, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 11 SO

In-Depth – The Pitchers
Eric Haberer
Drafted - 3rd round (90th overall), 2004 draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Type of Pitcher - Extreme Groundball, second highest groundball starter in the system
Out Type - 54.01% ground, 23.63% fly, 22.36% strike in 474 outs
Contact Outs - 69.57% ground, 30.43% fly in 368 outs
Comment - Every Little Leaguer dreams of playing professional ball. Their special dream is to play for the "hometown" team, the team for which they root. As a life-long Cardinals fan, Eric Haberer realized both dreams when the Cardinals drafted him in June 2004. Haberer made only two starts in forty-three game appearances in 2002 and 2003 while at Southern Illinois University but twelve of his seventeen game appearances in 2004 were starts. He has been used exclusively as a starter by the Cardinals through two seasons, four different leagues and thirty-five game appearances.

Haberer began this season, his first full season of professional ball, in the Swing of the Quad Cities rotation, along with Dennis Dove and Mike Parisi who finished the season in the Palm Beach rotation with him. This was a move up from short-season A where he finished in 2004. While with the Swing he compiled a 2.11 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in fifty-five and one-third innings. At the time of his promotion to Palm Beach on May 27th, Haberer led the Swing rotation in both ERA and WHIP. Haberer's transition up to the next level was relatively seamless until August 11th when he went onto the disabled list for ten days with a strained hip flexor. Prior to his last start before going on the DL, Haberer had a 2.74 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in eighty-two innings, best on the Palm Beach rotation. Haberer himself best described the impact of the injury when he spoke with The Bloomington Pantagraph: "When I first got down there, I was locked in. After the injury, I had no idea where it was going," Haberer said. "I missed one start and then they threw me back out there. That's the most frustrating thing I've been through. I know I was better than I was pitching, but I wasn't hurt enough to go back on the DL." Haberer struggled in his final three regular season starts as his overall numbers rose to a 3.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in ninety-four and two-thirds innings pitched. He turned in a very good postseason performance, however, as he allowed only two earned runs in eleven and two-thirds innings over two starts for a 1.54 ERA. He did, however, walk eight batters, showing his control was still off. Overall, the one hundred seventy innings he pitched this season was a career high by almost thirty innings over last year.

Haberer will likely be given every opportunity to win a slot in the Springfield rotation come Spring Training 2006 based on several factors. First, he put together a very good 2005 campaign with his numbers only climbing in the latter stages of the Palm Beach season due to injury. Next, I currently see only two pitching prospects ahead of Haberer for a slot in the 2006 Springfield rotation: Chris Lambert and Stuart Pomeranz. Now, I am neither putting Haberer in the same category as Lambert or Pomeranz nor saying that he is our third best pitching prospect because he is not. However, given the combination of age, experience and 2005 performance, he is in the best position for making the jump to Double-A as a legitimate prospect and not simply roster filler. There are other starters that could leapfrog ahead of him due to talent but I do not consider that likely before next Spring. The final factor that weighs in his favor is his left-handedness. A lefty will usually get the nod over a righty of equal talent and performance due to their relative rarity.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 2-1, 25.2 IP, 25 H, 13 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 10 SO, 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB, 3.51 K/9 IP, 1.40 BB/9 IP (Quad Cities)
- May – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 3-1, 35.66 IP, 30 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 17 BB, 26 SO, 1.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 1.53 K/BB, 6.56 K/9 IP, 4.29 BB/9 IP (combined stats – Quad Cities/Palm Beach)
- June – 5 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 2-2, 32 IP, 26 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 HR, 10 BB, 12 SO, 1.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 1.20 K/BB, 3.38 K/9 IP, 2.81 BB/9 IP
- July – 6 G, 6 GS, 1 CG, 0 SHO, 4-2, 38 IP, 40 H, 17 R, 17 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 30 SO, 4.03 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 2.73 K/BB, 7.11 K/9 IP, 2.61 BB/9 IP
- August – 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 1-1, 14.2 IP, 23 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 0 HR, 8 BB, 7 SO, 7.98 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, 0.88 K/BB, 4.29 K/9 IP, 4.91 BB/9 IP
- September – 1 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 6 SO, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB, 13.50 K/9 IP, 4.50 BB/9 IP
- Postseason - 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0-1, 11.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 12 SO, 1.54 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 1.50 K/BB, 9.25 K/9 IP, 6.17 BB/9 IP

Mike Parisi–
Drafted - 9th round (270th overall), 2004 draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Type of Pitcher - Neutral with groundball tendency
Out Type - 41.31% ground, 31.47% fly, 27.22% strike in 518 outs
Contact Outs - 56.76% ground, 43.24% fly in 377 outs
Comment - Mike Parisi left Manhattan College after the June 2004 draft as the Jaspers' leader in career strikeouts (272 in 243.2 innings), second in total innings pitched and third in career wins at fourteen, in three years. Twelve of Parisi's seventeen game appearances while in college came as a starter, a role in which he has exclusively appeared in professional ball. While he struck out over a batter an inning in college, that trend did not carry over into the minors as his out type numbers are solidly in the middle of the pack. In August, however, his strike outs did jump to almost one per inning, his highest average since his stint in class A to finish the 2004 season. He is the youngest pitcher on the Palm Beach squad, having turned 22 in April.

Parisi began the 2005 season at the same level he finished 2004, class A. His stint in the Swing rotation lasted until June 19th, when he was promoted, along with Kevin Ool and Jarrett Hoffpauir, to Palm Beach where he replaced Tyler Adamczyk in the rotation. (Adamczyk was optioned to Quad Cities on June 12th.) Looking strictly at Parisi's Swing numbers I get the feeling that his promotion had as much to do with Adamczyk's lack of success in Palm Beach, and Palm Beach's subsequent need for another starter, as to his own success with the Swing. Parisi's overall numbers are solid yet unspectacular, 4.08 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, although his 2.64 K/BB ratio was the best in the rotation. He was a bit uneven, stringing together several good starts followed by several clunkers. Parisi did, on the other hand, string together five straight good outings and one final egg just before his promotion.

His first seven starts at Palm Beach continued to be inconsistent, with two quality outings being followed by one very poor outing. That pattern continued for his first seven starts. Parisi's worst outing came on July 28th when he lasted only three innings and allowed six runs, four earned. That ended up being his last poor outing of the season. Parisi started clicking in August and became the anchor of the Palm Beach rotation at a point when they were in the homestretch, battling for a postseason slot. Five of his final six starts were excellent, quality starts with his worst outing being three earned runs allowed in five innings pitched. Parisi started and won game one of the division series against the Vero Beach Dodgers then came back to win the pivotal game three of the league championship series against the Lakeland Tigers. The latter start was crucial to Palm Beach's eventual championship as the series was split 1-1 at that point with the home advantage swinging to Lakeland who hosted the final three games. With Lakeland ace Jordan Tata scheduled to start game 4, Palm Beach's best hope for a league championship lay with Mike Parisi and he came through with a stellar performance, tossing seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball while striking out eight and walking only two. Parisi pitched one hundred sixty-four innings this season, eleven over last season.

My best guess, and it is strictly a guess, as to where Mr. Parisi will begin the 2006 season is at Palm Beach. Although Parisi should be given a shot at the Springfield rotation, due to his very strong finish, I think both Haberer's overall Palm Beach performance and left-handedness will give him the edge there. I do not see both making the rotation unless current Springfield starters are either released or reassigned.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 4 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 1-2, 24 IP, 31 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 19 SO, 4.13 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 3.80 K/BB, 7.13 K/9 IP, 1.88 BB/9 IP (Quad Cities)
- May – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 1-2, 35.1 IP, 42 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 3 HR, 12 BB, 30 SO, 4.59 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB, 7.64 K/9 IP, 3.06 BB/9 IP (Quad Cities)
- June – 5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 3-2, 32.2 IP, 36 H, 16 R, 15 ER, 1 HR, 9 BB, 21 SO, 4.13 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 2.33 K/BB, 5.79 K/9 IP, 2.48 BB/9 IP (combined stats – Quad Cities/Palm Beach)
- July – 6 G, 6 GS, 1 CG, 0 SHO, 3-2, 34 IP, 35 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 3 HR, 7 BB, 22 SO, 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 3.14 K/BB, 5.82 K/9 IP, 1.85 BB/9 IP
- August – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 2-3, 38 IP, 33 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 3 HR, 14 BB, 37 SO, 2.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 2.64 K/BB, 8.76 K/9 IP, 3.32 BB/9 IP
- September – did not pitch
- Postseason - 2 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 2-0, 14 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 12 SO, 2.57 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 2.40 K/BB, 7.71 K/9 IP, 3.21 BB/9 IP

Rich Scalamandre–
Drafted - 23rd round (702nd overall), 2002 draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Type of Pitcher - Neutral with groundball tendency
Out Type - 41.11% ground, 31.11% fly, 27.78% strike in 180 outs
Contact Outs - 56.92% ground, 43.08% fly in 130 outs
Comment - A veteran of the Cardinals' minor league system, Scalamandre began his fourth professional season this year in Palm Beach, the same level at which he spent most (46.1 of 55 innings pitched) of 2004. He was promoted to Springfield on April 27th after he compiled a 1.23 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in seven and one-third innings pitched over seven game appearances. He struggled in his first two Springfield performances, giving up three earned runs in two innings pitched, to close out the month of April but was unscored upon in four and two-thirds innings pitched over five appearances in May before he was demoted to Palm Beach on May 17th. His demotion may have transpired because Springfield coaches saw something that needed further work in Palm Beach but it is more likely Scalamandre was part of a roster squeeze that developed when Evan Rust was demoted to Springfield from Memphis. Although Scalamandre had a number of excellent outings the balance of the season, his peripherals deteriorated in July and August as he put more runners on base due to walks. This decline in his performance made it a bit surprising that the Cardinals chose Scalamandre for a slot on the Arizona Fall League roster. AFL rules dictate that each participating club may select only one player from below the Double-A level for the team and Scalamandre was the Cardinals' choice. He is on the Taxi Squad which is allowed to participate on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Bruce Manno, the Cardinals' Director of Player Development, told Brian Walton that Scalamandre is expected to be part of the Springfield bullpen next season.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 9 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 1 SV, 9.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 7 SO, 3.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 1.75 K/BB, 6.75 K/9 IP, 3.86 BB/9 IP (combined stats – Palm Beach/Springfield)
- May – 18 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 1 SV, 11.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 12 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 2.00 K/BB, 9.25 K/9 IP, 4.63 BB/9 IP (combined stats – Springfield/Palm Beach)
- June – 11 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 0 SV, 16 IP, 14 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 13 SO, 3.38 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 2.17 K/BB, 7.31 K/9 IP, 3.38 BB/9 IP
- July – 10 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 1 SV, 12.1 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 7 SO, 3.65 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 1.17 K/BB, 5.11 K/9 IP, 4.38 BB/9 IP
- August – 11 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 10.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 10 SO, 6.10 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 1.43 K/BB, 8.71 K/9 IP, 6.10 BB/9 IP
- September – 2 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA, 2.26 WHIP, 6.77 K/9 IP, 0.00 BB/9 IP
- Postseason - 4 G, 0 GS, 0-0. 0 SV, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO, 6.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 4.00 K/BB, 12 K/9 IP, 3 BB/9 IP

Mark Worrell, Jr.–
Drafted - 12th round (360th overall), 2004 draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Type of Pitcher - Flyball, borderline strikeout
Out Type - 36.00% ground, 34.86% fly, 29.14% strike in 175 outs
Contact Outs - 50.81% ground, 49.19% fly in 124 outs
Comment - The first question usually asked of Mark Worrell Jr. is whether he is related to Todd and Tim Worrell. He is not. Worrell is a Florida resident, drafted out of Florida International University after his junior year in June 2004. He spent only one year at FIU, having transferred there from the University of Arizona. While UA used Worrell almost exclusively in middle relief out of the bullpen, FIU used him primarily as a starter. He struck out one hundred seven batters in eighty-four and two-thirds innings at FIU and walked forty-three. The Cardinals used him as a closer in 2004 when he averaged 13.4 strikeouts every nine innings. Worrell remained a closer this season but his strikeouts varied greatly month-to-month. Over forty percent of his outs in April and July were strikeouts but the other months ranged from ten to thirty-two percent. The wide variance in Worrell's strikeout rate prevented him from being classified as a strikeout pitcher.

Worrell spent all of 2005 at Palm Beach which was a promotion from class A where he finished the 2004 season. He was not promoted to Springfield because the closing role there was filled first by Josh Kinney and then, upon Kinney's promotion to Memphis, by Cory Doyne. His worst month, by far, was June when he compiled a 4.97 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in eleven game appearances covering twelve and two-thirds innings. However, he bounced back to finish the season quite strong. Worrell figured in five of Palm Beach's eight postseason decisions. He saved game one against Vero Beach in the division series and took the loss the next night when he gave up a three-run home run. All runs were unearned. He was back on the mound the next night to save the decisive third game to send the Cardinals on to the League Championship Series. Worrell did not factor in the first two games against Lakeland but did save the pivotal third game and won the decisive fifth game when the Cardinals came from behind in the ninth inning for the first all season. His overall numbers led him to being named the 2005 Rolaids Relief Man as Minor League Baseball's top relief pitcher.

Worrell has nothing left to prove at this level so would seem to be an excellent candidate for promotion. However, if the Cardinals want to keep him in the closer role, his path is blocked by Springfield's current closer, Cory Doyne. The Cardinals have indicated that Doyne will continue in a closer role. The Memphis closer position should be open next season but Doyne's control will have to improve for him to move up.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – 10 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 3 SV, 11 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 HR, 5 BB, 14 SO, 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 2.80 K/BB, 11.5 K/9 IP, 4.09 BB/9 IP
- May – 12 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 8 SV, 13 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 12 SO, 1.38 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB, 8.31 K/9 IP, 2.77 BB/9 IP
- June – 11 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 7 SV, 12.2 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 11 SO, 4.97 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 2.20 K/BB, 7.81 K/9 IP, 3.55 BB/9 IP
- July – 8 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 7 SV, 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 10 SO, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 5.00 K/BB, 11.25 IP, 2.25 BB/9 IP
- August – 11 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 9 SV, 10.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0.87 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB, 5.23 K/9 IP, 1.74 BB/9 IP
- September – 1 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 1 SV, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 0.00 K/BB, 0.00 K/9 IP
- Postseason - 5 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 3 SV, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 7 SO, 1.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 1.75 K/BB, 9.95 K/9 IP, 5.69 BB/9 IP

In-Depth – The Hitters
Reid Gorecki
Drafted - 13th round (402nd overall), 2002 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Comment - This was a season that began with much promise for Reid Gorecki. After a late-season call-up to Double-A in 2004, in which he went 8-for-25 in seven games for a .320/.370/.440 average, he was poised to begin this season as the starting centerfielder of the St. Louis Cardinals' shiny new franchise in Springfield, Missouri. Further, he was the marketing face of the new team; the cornerstone upon which they would build. Additionally, Gorecki was named the eleventh best prospect, and fourth best position prospect, by Baseball America this spring. It turned into a season of regression, disappointment and possible redemption. Perhaps the hype was too much for him, maybe he was one of those prospects that cannot make the jump to Double-A or perchance it was something else entirely or some combination of factors. Whatever the case, he spent two months hitting below the infamous Mendoza line and finally saw himself demoted to Palm Beach on May 31st in favor of a much younger (by almost 2 ½ years) competitor in Cody Haerther, the ninth best prospect in the Cardinals' system per Baseball America. .

Gorecki's playing time at Palm Beach was cut short when he went on the disabled list on June 25th with what turned out to be a stress fracture of the left foot. How long that injury had impacted upon his season is unclear but the first report of a "tender left ankle" came on May 15th while Gorecki was still with Springfield. In any event, his season began to turn around upon his activation from the disabled list on July 18th. Gorecki went .325/.405/.488 (54-for-166) from that point through season's end. The postseason saw him gain at least partial redemption. Gorecki was an integral cog in Palm Beach's championship run. He scored the tying run in game three of the division championship series, drove in the winning run in the first game of the league championship series and scored another run in Palm Beach's victory in game three of the LCS. His biggest hit, however, came in the final game of the LCS. Trailing 4-3 going into the top of the 9th, Gorecki blasted a one-out solo home run to knot it up at four and set the stage for Jarrett Hoffpauir's 10th-inning heroics. It was the first time all season that Palm Beach had come from behind. A bit of salvation for Gorecki.

Gorecki's "prospect" status has nearly, if not actually, run out. He will turn 25 in December and needed to minimally have a solid year at Springfield to retain that status. That did not happen. It is important, however, to remember his stress fracture because, and I repeat here, it is unknown just how long that was an issue for him and how much it impacted this season's performance. It is possible that Gorecki will rebound in 2006 with a strong performance. I hope so.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – .164/.256/.247, 20 G, 73 AB, 6 R, 12 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 9 BB, 20 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS (Springfield)
- May – .198/.271/.302, 25 G, 86 AB, 6 R, 17 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 9 BB, 18 SO, 1 SB, 2 CS (Springfield)
- June – .191/.295/.382, 19 G, 68 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 9 BB, 12 SO, 5 SB, 1 CS (Palm Beach)
- July – .386/.482/.568, 13 G, 44 AB, 12 R, 17 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 9 BB, 9 SO, 4 SB, 2 CS
- August – .318/.369/.491, 28 G, 110 AB, 17 R, 35 H, 11 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 9 BB, 29 SO, 13 SB, 3 CS
- September – .167/.412/.167, 4 G, 12 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 5 SO, 2 SB, 1 CS
- Postseason – .276/.400/.483, 8 B, 29 AB, 4 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 4 SO, 6 SB, 0 CS

Tyler Greene
Drafted - 1st round (30th overall), 2005 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Comment - Tyler Greene was a first round draft pick, selected on June 6th of this year's draft, the second first rounder picked by the Cardinals this year after high schooler Colby Rasmus. He came out of the Georgia Tech baseball program, the 11th ranked program in the country this year, where he went .372/.460/.584 in 269 at bats this season. As such, Mr. Greene has garnered his fair share of attention. After a bit of a delay, he signed with the Cardinals on June 29th and was assigned to the short-season class A New Jersey Cardinals. Greene arrived in New Jersey during the three games I attended over the July 4th week-end. Although he did not play I did watch him as he participated in fielding work-outs and my impression was tall, good range with a strong though slightly erratic arm. I spoke briefly with him and told him that Cardinals fans had been waiting on him. He laughed, ducked his head and turned red. He said he was excited to be there and ready to get started. Standard stuff.

Greene is included in this "In-Depth" section because he is an excellent example of stats not telling the entire story. He compiled a .261/.352/.370 average over one hundred thirty-eight at bats while at New Jersey which is an entirely pedestrian batting average. He committed nine errors in thirty-five games which is not going to win a gold glove anytime soon although it should be remembered that some errors assigned to shortstops are due to the player receiving the throw. In any event, he was promoted August 11th and it was all the way to Palm Beach as he skipped class A Quad Cities entirely. (He took catcher Brandon Marcelli's roster slot when Marcelli retired. He replaced Rayner Laya in the field. Laya was subsequently promoted to Springfield on August 19th to replace utility guy Kevin Estrada when the latter went on the disabled list.) What undoubtedly got him promoted was coaches/managers' assessments of his tools and their analysis of his long-term ability. That assessment is nothing that appears in a box score. His Palm Beach offensive numbers were very similar to those he put up in New Jersey, .271/.326/.388 in eighty-five at bats and twenty games. Defensively, he committed another nine errors. Although his postseason numbers are nothing to write home about, he did contribute to each of Palm Beach's five postseason victories by either scoring or driving in a run. His most significant hit was a two-run single to left in the fifth inning of the final game against Lakeland that temporarily tied the game. He did make four errors in the postseason and was move to the designated hitter role in the final game against Lakeland. Tyler was the youngest player on the Palm Beach roster at season's end although Jarrett Hoffpauir is only two months older.

Tyler was invited to play on the Cardinals' Instructional League team after the regular season ended. Brian Walton's excellent article here gives more information on the league. He was named Baseball America's tenth best prospect in the New York-Penn League in their year-end Top 20 List. Inside sources say Greene will be in the running for a slot on the Springfield team when the 2006 season rolls around.
Numbers By The Month -
- June – did not play
- July – .267/.374/.344, 24 G, 90 AB, 21 R, 24 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 15 RBI, 12 BB, 25 SO, 11 SB, 0 CS (New Jersey)
- August – .261/.315/.409, 27 G, 115 AB, 21 R, 30 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 35 SO, 5 SB, 1 CS (combined stats – New Jersey/Palm Beach)
- September – .278/.350/.333, 4 G, 18 AB, 3 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, 3 SB, 0 CS
- Postseason – .162/.205/.189, 8 G, 37 AB, 3 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 14 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS

Jarrett Hoffpauir –
Drafted - 6th round (180th overall), 2004 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Comment - Jarrett Hoffpauir was drafted out of the University of Southern Mississippi along with his double-play partner, shortstop Matt Shepherd. Hoffpauir went .405/.438/.643 in sixty-four games his last season at USM. His first taste of professional ball came with the New Jersey Cardinals where he played only nine games before being promoted to class A Peoria.

Hoffpauir began the 2005 season at the same level, class A. He went .313/.376/.414 in two hundred twenty-seven at bats over sixty-one games with the Swing and committed just six errors. Hoffpauir was promoted on June 19th and replaced Cal Hayes as Palm Beach's second baseman. At the time of his promotion Hoffpauir was the Swing's leading hitter among everyday players. He got off to a very slow start at Palm Beach, going .139/.244/.222 for the ten games that comprised the balance of Palm Beach's June schedule. His July and August numbers were much better with a very good on-base percentage. Hoffpauir had an excellent postseason but his biggest moment was the biggest of the postseason. He came to bat with two out in the top of the 10th inning of the decisive fifth game against Lakeland with the score tied and hit a solo game-winning home run. It was his first home run at Palm Beach and only the eleventh home run in seven hundred twenty professional at bats. However, the most striking thing to me about Hoffpauir's numbers is that he walks more than he strikes out. To date in his professional career he walks once every 8.47 at bats and strikes out once every 11.43 at bats. I find that remarkable in a player with his limited experience.

Although Jarrett had a very strong postseason I expect him to return to Palm Beach to for at least the start of the 2006 season. He has a chance to start in Springfield if Aaron Herr either does not return to the Cardinals organization next year or is promoted to Memphis.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – .301/.363/.411, 19 G, 73 AB, 5 R, 22 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS (Quad Cities)
- May – .340/.394/.464, 26 G, 98 AB, 12 R, 33 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB, 5 SO, 3 SB, 0 CS (Quad Cities)
- June – .226/.318/.290, 26 G, 93 AB, 16 R, 21 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 12 BB, 6 SO, 3 SB, 2 CS (combined stats – Quad Cities/Palm Beach)
- July – .286/.371/.341, 24 G, 91 AB, 10 R, 26 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 13 BB, 8 SO, 3 SB, 3 CS
- August – .281/.369/.326, 25 G, 89 AB, 7 R, 25 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 13 BB, 14 SO, 5 SB, 0 CS
- September – .200/.273/.200, 4 G, 10 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS
- Postseason – .320/.433/.520, 8 G, 25 AB, 4 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 3 SO, 2 SB, 1 CS

Mike McCoy –
Drafted - 34th round (1032nd overall), 2002 Draft, St. Louis Cardinals
Comment - Mike McCoy was Palm Beach's utility player as he played every position except catcher and first base and even caught part of a game. (A sure sign that a team is being blown out is when you see a position player on the mound.) Since I covered Springfield's utility player, Kevin Estrada, in the Springfield report, I decided to cover his counterpart in Palm Beach in this report. As utility players their futures are entwined.

2005 was the second consecutive year that McCoy spent the majority of the season at Palm Beach with a very brief stint in Double-A. He began the season at Palm Beach, was promoted to Springfield on June 14th when Milko Jaramillo went onto the disabled list. McCoy was sent back to Palm Beach on June 23rd upon Jaramillo's activation. McCoy had several impact moments in the postseason, most were positive but one was negative. He got the nod at third base over regular third baseman Matt Dryer in the first game of the division series against Vero Beach. That was a gutsy move on manager Ron "Pop" Warner's part as Dryer was the Cardinals' home run leader but McCoy had the better glove. He came through by singling in the tying run in that game. Warner's decision turned ironic in game two as McCoy's errant throw in the bottom of the ninth was the difference in the game in a 3-1 loss. Regardless, McCoy played third base in five of the eight games played and replaced Tyler Greene at shortstop in the championship finale against Lakeland. McCoy redeemed himself by doubling in the go-ahead and scoring another run the next night in the division clincher.

Mike McCoy's future in baseball is most likely in the minors. At 24 he is old for the league with no particular skill, other than his versatility, to set him apart from other players. His biggest chance of moving up is if Kevin Estrada's spot on the Springfield roster becomes available. Still, the utility role is a vital though unsung part of any baseball team. McCoy fills that role well.
Numbers By The Month -
- April – .259/.333/.296, 17 G, 54 AB, 5 R, 14 H, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, RBI, BB, SO, SB, CS (Palm Beach)
- May – .267/.333/.350, 19 G, 60 AB, 14 R, 16 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 11 SO, 3 SB, 1 CS (Palm Beach)
- June – .280/.353/.333, 22 G, 75 AB, 11 R, 21 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 8 BB, 15 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS (combined stats – Palm Beach/Springfield)
- July – .228/.292/.333, 18 G, 57 AB, 10 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 5 BB, 15 SO, 6 SB, 0 CS (Palm Beach)
- August – .279/.407/.326, 13 G, 43 AB, 6 R, 12 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 9 BB, 9 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS
- September – .286/.500/.429, 2 G, 7 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS
- Postseason – .238/.360/.381, 6 G, 21 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS


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