School: Central Missouri State University
Cardinal: Selected in the second round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $425,000 signing bonus.
|New Jersey (SS)||10||5-2||53||35||15||43||1.87|
|Quad Cities (Low-A)||5||0-4||29||28||9||11||3.41|
JS (9): "A closer at Central Missouri State, the Cardinals converted him to a starter as soon as the signed him. Baseball America said that Webber had one of the best fastballs in the 2005 draft. One observer even said that it had "Wiffle ball movement." He dominated for New Jersey in 2005 and earned a late-season promotion to Quad Cities where he did not disappoint either."
LM (15): "I ranked Webber at #15 and do not quibble with him being #12. He went from being a dominant closer at the division II-AA level in college to a starter as a professional. He dominated short-season A opponents as well with an 0.94 WHIP and .179 BAA in fifty-three innings over ten games and nine starts. Webber was promoted to class A Quad Cities on August 12th where he struggled in his first three starts. However, his final two starts saw him compile a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in fifteen innings. During my write-up on Eric Haberer's #14 ranking, I mentioned that he was the second most extreme groundball starter in the system. Well, Nick Webber is number one. One hundred forty-four of Webber's one hundred eighty-eight contact outs came via a groundout, 76.6%. Webber needs to work on his control and he does not strike out great quantities of batters but at 6'7", he has the frame to fill out. He was the third youngest pitcher on the Swing roster. Common speculation has him moving back into the bullpen at some point, possibly as a closer, but for now he will remain in the rotation to gain pitching experience. Baseball America ranked him as the New York-Penn League's nineteenth best prospect and the Cardinals' ninth best."
RM (15): "The 21-year-old righty, was recently ranked by Baseball America, as the St. Louis Cardinals' ninth-best prospect. A closer at Central Missouri State, and another player from close to home, Webber moved into the rotation to start his professional career. He posted a 1.87 ERA in ten appearances for short-season New Jersey before finishing the season with five starts for the Swing. According to Baseball America, "Webber's fastball is one of the best in the organization … because it has heavy sink and unbelievable movement." Webber could begin the 2006 season with the Swing, although he is more likely to start the season with Palm Beach. Webber could be in the majors within two seasons, well ahead of his peers."
BW (13): "Fastball/slider pitcher who is said to be able to hit 94 MPH on the radar gun. Webber excelled in every manner at New Jersey and was rewarded with a late-season ticket to Quad Cities. It was a very nice start for the Cardinals' 2005 second-rounder. Some project Webber ultimately as a reliever, though he is continuing to start, at least for now."
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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