Cardinals Prospect #6 - Mark McCormick

McCormick possesses a fastball in the upper-90s. Player Profile

Position: RHP

DOB: 10/15/1983

Height: 6-2

Weight: 195

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Baylor University

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the supplemental first round (43rd overall) of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft as compensation for the Red Sox' signing of free agent Edgar Renteria. Received an $800,000 signing bonus.

2005 G W-L IP Hits BB K ERA
New Jersey (Low-A) 2 0-0 6 1 3 10 0.00
Quad Cities (High-A) 9 1-2 42.2 41 28 45 5.48

Staff Comments

JS (7): "McCormick can throw harder than anyone in the Cardinals organization. The only problem has been his control. He struck out 45 in 42-2/3 innings for Quad Cities in 2005, but also walked 28. If everything comes together for McCormick, however, he has the potential to be a dominant major league starter, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him in St. Louis by September, 2007."

LM (7): "McCormick has top-of-the-line rotation stuff that he has yet to harness. He fell to the Cardinals as the 43rd pick in the 2005 draft because of signability questions (he is a Scott Boras client) and his control issues. McCormick spent about thirty minutes at short-season A New Jersey before being promoted to class A Quad Cities. (O.K., it was two games and six total innings but you get the idea.) He allowed fewer hits than innings pitched at Quad Cities, 41 vs. 42.2, but walked 28 for a BB/9 IP of almost six. However, he struck out more than a batter an inning, 45 in total. He continued that pattern in the Florida Instructional League where he led the team in both walks, 11, and strikeouts, 22, in fifteen innings. He simply has a tremendous upside which is why I ranked him where I did. Baseball America ranked McCormick as the Cardinals' fifth-best prospect and Baseball HQ ranked him as the Cardinals' sixth-best prospect."

RM (5): "Possessing the best fast ball in the Cardinals minor league system, Mark hit 98 mph during the spring and pitched at 91-96 during the instructional league. He also has the best breaking ball in the system. Add a very good 77-81 mph curveball to his fastball and you can expect some good things from him in the future. McCormick tends to depend too much on his fastball and is reluctant to trust his other pitches. He may be best suited to be a closer at the major league level. For now he's starting and I'm guessing he'll be back at Quad Cities next season. Jason Scott pointed out in one of his Prospect Reports in August, that McCormick has added a changeup to his pitching repertoire since joining the Cardinals organization. "It's a pitch that I didn't have to throw much in college, but it's something I have to have now,'' McCormick told the Quad-City Times. "It's coming along well, and it's probably the thing that I am the most happy about. "I've been able to get that down. I'm feeling confident about using it, and I've been getting it over for strikes. It's going to be a pretty good pitch for me, and it's been good to watch it develop.'' He'll need a good change up and slider, especially if he's going to be starting, I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the Cardinals bullpen by 2008."

BW (6): "Many, myself included, are hoping to see McCormick break out in 2006. The general feeling has been that he has yet to unlock all of his potential to date, whether at Baylor University or in his first professional season. With a fastball that hits 97 MPH, McCormick still needs to walk fewer hitters (almost six per nine innings in 2005)."

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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