School: Southern Illinois University
Cardinal: Selected in the third round of the June, 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $422,500 signing bonus.
|Quad Cities (Low-A)||9||4-2||55.1||52||17||33||2.11|
|Palm Beach (High-A)||17||8-6||94.2||96||35||58||3.71|
JS (15): "A third round pick out of SIU in 2004, Haberer was very good in nine starts for Quad Cities. A hip injury in August seemed to have bothered him some, as he was never the same after coming off the disabled list. He is the Cardinals top left handed starter prospect."
LM (14): "I really root for Haberer and not just because he is a life-long Cardinals fan. Nor is it because his hometown is where I went to college, although neither of those hurt. Haberer had a very productive 2005 season. He put up a 2.11 ERA, and 1.25 WHIP in 55.1 innings at class A Quad Cities before moving up to Palm Beach. A key factor in his Palm Beach numbers is that he went on the disabled list on August 11th for ten days with a strained hip flexor. That injury impacted him for the rest of the season. Prior to his last start before going onto the disabled list, Haberer notched a 2.74 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and .247 BAA in thirteen starts and 82 innings. Overall, he was the second most extreme groundball starter in the system with 256 of his 368 contact outs coming via a groundout. That translated to only three home runs allowed in 161.2 innings pitched, including the post-season. That helps mitigate the fact that Haberer does not strike out many batters, only ninety-three including the post-season. Haberer is also a lefty."
RM (12): "Eric was selected in the third round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Being from Southern Illinois, I may be a little prejudice here. Saluki head coach Dan Callahan said scouts compare him to southpaw Mike Stanton, a 16-year veteran reliever. Eric was the Salukies closer and is now starting for the Cardinals High A Palm Beach team. Last season he went 4-2 with a 2.11 ERA at Swing of Quad Cities before being promoted to Palm Beach near the end of May. At Palm Beach Haberer made 17 starts pitching one complete game and finished with an 8-6 record and a 3.71 ERA. Being a quality left-hander will help him move up the ranks in a timely manner."
BW (14): "The lefty has not been impressive in terms of strikeouts (fewer than six per nine innings), but has still maintained a low ERA (3.12 at two levels in 2005). Haberer has good command and mixes four pitches well, including an 87-92 MPH fastball. He has allowed just six home runs in over 200 innings as a professional, so he can obviously keep the ball down, something the Cardinals (and most all organizations) value."
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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