Cardinals Prospect #17 - Mark Worrell

Worrell was the minor league winner of the 2005 Rolaids Relief Award. Player Profile

Position: RHP

DOB: 3/8/1983

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Florida International University

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 12th round of the June, 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

2005 G W-L IP Hits BB K ERA
Palm Beach (High-A) 53 2-3 56 38 19 53 2.25

Staff Comments

JS (19): "Despite reports that say Worrell doesn't have dominant closer stuff, he has gotten the job done since the Cardinals took him in the 12th round of the 2004 Draft. He even won the 2005 minor league Rolaids Relief Man award, which is given annually to the top relief pitcher in Minor League Baseball. He will probably start the season with Springfield and be given the chance to work his way up to Memphis during the season."

LM (22): "Worrell had a very good year for the Florida State League champion Palm Beach Cardinals club. (I simply cannot type that phrase too many times.) He was named the 2005 Rolaids Relief Man as Minor League Baseball's top relief pitcher. Worrell held opposing batters to a .191 average with a 1.02 WHIP and 2.79 K/BB ratio. He is the highest reliever on my Top 40 list. I would have ranked him higher except for recurring reports that his effectiveness lies more with his unorthodox delivery than with a particular out pitch. However, he continues to get the job done and I look forward to his 2006 season."

RM (18): "The Cardinals picked up Worrell in 12th round of the June draft, after he didn't sign with the Devil Rays after the 2001 draft. Worrell played in the Arizona and Florida International programs before becoming a Cardinal. Worrell has a heavy fastball and a good curve with a decent change up. The Cardinals are channeling his aggressiveness by making him a reliever. His mechanics aren't pretty but he manages to be effective with no windup and short arm action. He appeared in 53 games for Palm Beach last season, racking up 37 saves while finishing with a 2-3 record and 2.25 ERA. Worrell should be one of the first players promoted this season. Along with Cory Doyne, these two guys could be part of the Cardinals bullpen within two years."

BW (15): "Could Worrell take over the mantle of the Cardinals organization's "Closer of the Future" from the departed Jimmy Journell? Perhaps so. His 2005 season was superb. Now, against a higher level of competition in winter ball in Mexico, Worrell has continued to excel. He has allowed just one hit in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Eight saves in 11 appearances and ten strikeouts in 10-2/3 innings looks pretty good to me."

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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