School: T. C. Roberson High School (Asheville, NC)
Cardinal: Claimed off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on August 8, 2005.
JS (26): "Narveson's 2005 season was not impressive, especially after he was shut down in August because of a sore shoulder, but he is still only 23-years-old (turns 24 on December 20) and was regarded as one of the top prospects in the Cardinals system prior to the trade that sent him to Colorado. He will be given a chance in spring training to show the Cardinals what he can do. I don't know if they would be interested in making him a reliever, but I know the Cardinals aren't set on the left side of the bullpen yet."
LM (29): "Narveson's been moving since being traded to Colorado in August 2004 as part of the Larry Walker deal. He was subsequently traded to Boston and spent most of 2005 in their Triple-A rotation. The Cardinals claimed him off waivers on August 9th and assigned him to Memphis. He made two fairly dreadful starts totaling six and two-thirds innings there before going on the disabled list on August 20th. Narveson only turns 24 on December 20th, is pitching at the Triple-A level and is left-handed. That combination is enough to make him a Top 30 prospect in this organization but he needs to improve on his mediocre 2005 stats to remain a prospect."
RM (22): "I ranked Narveson a little higher than everyone else. So much for my "There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect" TINSTAPP, theory. I just keep thinking someday one of these St. Louis Cardinals Top Pitching Prospects has to break through. Narveson was traded to Colorado in the deal that brought Larry Walker to St. Louis. There he was ranked as high as #18 among the Colorado Rockies prospects. Picked up on waivers by St. Louis in August last year. In two starts for Memphis, he was hit hard. I expect more out of him this season, he has the raw stuff and being left-handed doesn't hurt his chances of making it to the majors some day."
BW (26): "No team can ever have too many lefties, right? Narveson was the Cards' second-rounder in 2000 who was traded to the Rockies as part of the Larry Walker deal, then to Boston and claimed by the Cards. That gave him a spot on the 40-man roster, though his results on the mound don't yet warrant it. Still, Narveson was Baseball America's #3 prospect in the organization just two seasons ago even after his Tommy John surgery."
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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