Cardinals Prospect #21 - Chris Duncan

Chris is the son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan. Player Profile

Position: 1B/OF

DOB: 5/5/1981

Height: 6-5

Weight: 210

Bats: L

Throws: R

School: Canyon Del Oro High School (Tucson, AZ)

Became a Cardinal: Selected by the Cardinals in the supplemental first round (46th overall) of the June, 1999 First-Year Player Draft as compensation for the Orioles' signing of free agent Delino DeShields. Received a $900,000 signing bonus.

Memphis (AAA) .265 431 114 21 73 57 1 63 104 .358 .469
St. Louis (MLB) .200 10 2 1 3 2 0 0 5 .200 .600

Staff Comments

JS (16): "Duncan finally broke out in 2004 at Double-A Tennessee after having only 25 at-bats above the Double-A level prior to that in his first five professional seasons. He is still young and has shown that he can hit for power, so he will be given a chance to make the major league roster out of spring training as an outfielder. It shouldn't hurt that he is the son of the pitching coach."

LM (11): "By his overall ranking of 21st it appears that I ranked Duncan much higher than did my colleagues.  My ranking of 11th will probably surprise those that read my weekly minors reports as I spent much of the season pointing out Mr. Duncan's defensive deficiencies.  Well that remains true.  Mr. Duncan does not play a very good first base.  But he does hit for power which is in his favor.  Duncan turned 24 last May which made him the youngest position player on the Triple-A roster.  Since I weight my decisions towards on-field performance and give more weight the higher the level, I felt Duncan had to be placed in the Top 15.  That says as much about the quality of the Cardinals' system as it does about Mr. Duncan's abilities."

RM (NR): "The bottom line is somehow I forgot about Chris Duncan, I think. It could be, because of my seven brain concussions, or the fact that I'm getting old and my memory is failing me or because of my seven brain concussions. Duncan is playing right field in Winter Ball in the Caribbean. He would have to be considered a long shot to make the roster out of spring training. He's learning a new position and that sets him back significantly on my Top 40 list. He'll be entering into his 8th season with the Cardinal organization.  So perhaps I forgot about him, or maybe there was a reason, but please stop beating me around, about the head, already."

BW (21): "Going into his eighth season in the Cardinals' system now, it is hard to say Duncan is on the fast track. The son of the Cardinals' long-time pitching coach went to Mexico to play winter ball to learn how to play corner outfielder. Good idea since that Pujols guy seems to have first base locked down for oh, the next ten years or so. Duncan might contend for a bench spot in 2006, but there is a lot of competition who are as good or better than he. I don't have a lot of confidence that Duncan will ever become a significant contrbutor in the major leagues. Hope I am wrong about that, though."

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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