Cardinals Prospect #29 - Rick Ankiel

Ankiel will be given a chance to make the Cardinals' roster out of spring training. Player Profile

Position: OF

DOB: 7/19/1980

Height: 6-1

Weight: 215

Bats: L

Throws: L

School: Port St. Lucie HS (Fort Pierce, FL)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the second round of the June, 1997 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $2,500,000 signing bonus.

Springfield (AA) .243 136 33 10 30 12 0 10 29 .295 .515
Quad Cities (Low-A) .270 185 50 11 45 33 0 27 37 .368 .514

Staff Comments

JS (39): "If not for the back problems that bothered Ankiel throughout the season, he probably would have gotten a higher ranking by me. He did post impressive numbers when he did play, and will be given the chance to make the Cardinals roster out of spring training. It will be interesting to see what happens if the they have to pass him through waivers again. I don't see him beginning the 2006 season on any major league roster though. Hopefully he proves me wrong."

LM (21): "Ah, Mr. Ankiel.  No single player in the Cardinals' system stirs so much debate or such intense passion.  He may be as good of an athlete as the Cardinals have in their system.  As you see I rated him a bit higher than 29th.  His overall 2005 performance was encouraging with very good power numbers.  He did battle injuries that hindered his progress.  While he is old for both levels at which he played this season, he does not have the experience as a position player that comparable players his age have since pitching experience differs greatly from position experience.  I took that into account when ranking Ankiel.  The Cardinals placed him back on the 40-man roster at season's end so he either has to make the major league squad in 2006 or clear waivers again to be able to play in the minors.  While I think Ankiel can make it in the majors, I also think he needs more experience playing in the minors.  Since I do not think he will clear waivers again, his future may well be with another organization."

RM (32): "Look up the word potential and you'll see a picture of Rick Ankiel. In his first full professional season as a position player, Ankiel hit a combined .259 with 21 home runs and 75 RBI in 85 games between Double-A Springfield and Single-A Quad Cities. He'll be given every possible chance to play at the major league level, even ahead of players who deserve to be promoted ahead of him. The love affair with Ankiel and his potential will continue until the cows come home. He could start the season at AAA Memphis but should start at AA Springfield."

BW (25): "Forget it – Ankiel the pitcher is done. Ever hopeful, some Cardinals fans look to his late-season power surge in Double-A and project Rick as a major league outfielder. Do not count me among them. When he gets dropped from the 40-man this coming spring after failing to make the 40-man, Ankiel will again get the opportunity to become a free agent. He just might do it this time and I am not sure it would be a bad thing for him. Otherwise, Ankiel will get a chance with Memphis in 2006 because of who he is, not necessarily because of what he has to offer."

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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