Cardinals Prospect #32 - Brandon Yarbrough

Yarbrough hit just .203 for Quad Cities this season after finishing just two hits shy of the Appalachian League batting title in 2004. Player Profile

Position: C

DOB: 11/9/1984

Height: 6-2

Weight: 180

Bats: L

Throws: R

School: Richmond Senior High School (Rockingham, NC)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the fifth round of the June, 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $175,000 signing bonus.

New Jersey (SS-A) .255 188 48 2 25 27 3 24 58 .338 .399
Quad Cities (Low-A) .203 133 27 4 17 17 1 12 40 .272 .346

Staff Comments

JS (29): "Yarbrough is definitely going to have to start hitting again next season if he wants to advance on the prospect lists. I haven't heard great things about his catching skills, so his hitting potential is what got him this ranking from me. With Molina in St. Louis, there is a good chance that Yarbrough could see a position change in his future. His .272 OBP that he posted for Quad Cities just isn't going to cut it."

LM (NR): "Yarbrough is one of my arguments for both Boggs and Hoffpauir being ranked higher on the final list than they were.  He began his third year of professional ball at Quad Cities where he fought for playing time and went .214/.286/.365 in 126 at bats before being demoted to New Jersey on June 19th.  Yarbrough batted .255/.338/.399 in 188 at bats at New Jersey before his promotion back to Quad Cities on August 31st to fill a vacant catching slot due to an injury to catcher Jose Mendez.  He appeared in just two of the final five games of the regular season and was left off the postseason roster.  Therefore, his 2005 performance does not warrant Top 40 inclusion and his overall prior years' performances do not provide sufficient weight to balance 2005 out. Age is a factor that greatly works in Yarbrough's favor as he did not turn 21 until November 2005.  There is still time for him to fulfill his fifth round, 2003 draft potential but as of this point, he does not merit a slot on the Top 40 list."

RM (26): "I ranked Yarbrough higher than the other writers on this year's ballot.  He didn't even make Leonda Markee's list but Brian Walton  ranking him at (31) and Jason Scott at (29), pretty well agreed on Yarbrough and his potential and place in the rankings.  Brandon was ranked by Baseball America at #13 before the season started.  He's a catcher that we thought would hit better than he has.  At Johnson City in 04, he came within two hits of winning a batting title.  It's been downhill offensively from there.  There is questions about how good his arm is behind the plate and if he'll even remain a catcher.  A move to left field could mean he'll drop out of the top prospect list by the end of next season, if he doesn't start hitting.  A .203 batting average in 133 at bats with Swing of Quad Cities isn't going to help your career.  He needs to get off to a good start in 2006.  If he turns into an offensive threat and stays behind the plate, he could move up in the rankings next season."

BW (31): "With Yadier Molina expected to be behind the plate for five more years in St. Louis, being the highest-rated catcher in the system isn't all that promising. Unless you are 20 years old, that is. Much was made about Yarbrough being sent back to New Jersey during the season, and he still has much to learn. He fanned 98 times in 321 at-bats and hit just .203 at Quad Cities, so there is plenty of room for better results."

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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