Cardinals Prospect #22 - Skip Schumaker

Schumaker played in 27 games for St. Louis in 2005. Player Profile

Position: OF

DOB: 2/3/1980

Height: 5-10

Weight: 175

Bats: L

Throws: R

School: University of California-Santa Barbara

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the fifth round of the June, 2001 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $155,000 signing bonus.

Memphis (AAA) .287 443 127 7 34 66 14 29 54 .330 .402
St. Louis (MLB) .250 24 6 0 1 9 1 2 2 .308 .292

Staff Comments

JS (17): "Schumaker may never be a starter at the major league level, but I believe he could be a useful bench player. He is great defensively in the outfield and has a great arm. He isn't considered to be fast, but he has proved that he can get on base and is a pretty good baserunner. With the current Cardinals outfield situation, he has a pretty good chance at making the team out of spring training."

LM (32): "In review I may have placed Schumaker a bit low at a 32nd place ranking. In a revised ranking he would probably barely slip into my Top 30.   He is one of the best defenders in the Cardinals' minor league system with good speed.  However, he has not shown the offensive performance that I expect from a 5th round draft choice.  The only time he has batted over .300 in his five years of minor league ball was in 2004 when he repeated Double-A.  Schumaker's ceiling appears to be at best a bench role in the Majors."

RM (28): "He should compete for a job as a back up outfielder next season. Schumaker had surgery on his left knee in October to repair a bursa sac. It is minor surgery that will require four weeks of recovery time. Schumaker should be ready by spring training with no problems. His chances to get some major league at bats have improved with the departure of Reggie Sanders and the retirement of Larry Walker. Schumaker appears to me to be a potential career minor league player with the occasional opportunity to make a major league team as a bench/role player. He'll be given the chance in Spring Training to prove that he belongs in St. Louis and opportunity to prove me wrong."

BW (18): "Schumaker is another young outfield prospect who saw some time in the majors in 2005 due to Reggie Sanders' and Larry Walker's inability to remain healthy. Schumaker had knee surgery after the season and could not play winter ball as a result. He needs a solid season in Triple-A before seriously competing for any playing time in St. Louis. Realistically, I fear that Schumaker will never hit with enough authority to become an impact player in the majors. Still, if he could become an Orlando Palmeiro-type player, Schumaker could have a decent run in the bigs."

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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