Cardinals Prospect #35 - Dennis Dove, RHP

Dove allowed only one home run after being promoted to high Class A Palm Beach on July 11. Player Profile

DOB: 8/31/1981

Height: 6-4

Weight: 205

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Georgia Southern University

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the third round of the June, 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $400,000 signing bonus.

2005 G W-L IP Hits BB K ERA
Quad Cities (Low-A) 18 7-5 102 93 30 72 3.88
Palm Beach (High-A) 8 2-4 42.2 48 15 23 4.85

Staff Comments

JS (33): "At 24, Dove is old for Single-A so it would be nice to see him work his way up to Memphis next season. If you ignore his final start of the 2005 season when he allowed seven runs in only 2/3 of an inning, his stats at Palm Beach -- 3.43 ERA in 42 innings -- don't look too bad. Dove doesn't blow hitters away with his stuff, but he does possess a 95 mph fastball and allowed only one home run after being promoted to Palm Beach on July 11."

LM (NR): "Dove's appearance in the Top 40 seems to be a case of projection/where he was drafted over performance.  His performance at Palm Beach from his July 11th promotion on was not impressive.  His WHIP, K/BB ratio and BAA were the second lowest on the pitching staff.   He turned 24 in August which is old for both class A and A-Advanced.  (Dove was one of the oldest pitchers on the Palm Beach roster.)  While I grant that he has less professional experience that most pitchers of either his age or draft year (2003), he pitched just over fifty-eight innings total prior to this season, that fact was not enough to get him into my Top 40."

RM (30): "From the beginning of the season, it seem like the name Dennis Dove was always crossing my desk.  Early in June he was the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month, playing for the Swing of Quad Cities and he was promoted to High Class A soon afterwards.  His record at Palm Beach was 2-4 with a 4.85 ERA, but a more impressive stat to me was that, he only gave up one home run in 42.2 innings.  Dove should be able to put up better numbers at Palm Beach next season, to justify my faith in him by ranking him #30 on my ballot.  I guess someday I just want to write the story, "The Cardinals are flying on the Wings of a Dove""

BW (38): "After two-plus seasons as a pro, Dove is trying to escape Single-A. In addition to his ERA growing by a run during an injury-abbreviated 2005 campaign, his walks and hits allowed both increased while his strikeouts decreased. About the only really positive stat is that Dove must be keeping the ball down, as he allowed just one home run over 42-2/3 innings."

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated

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