Cardinals Prospect #5 - Cody Haerther

Haerther was a sixth-round draft pick in 2002. Player Profile

Position: LF

DOB: 7/14/1983

Height: 6-0

Weight: 190

Bats: L

Throws: R

School: Chaminade College Prep (West Hills, CA)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 6th round of the June, 2002 First-Year Player Draft. Signed to a 2003 contract on July 31, 2002. Received a $250,000 signing bonus.

Palm Beach (High-A) .318 173 55 8 30 29 8 17 31 .380 .584
Springfield (AA) .298 208 62 10 37 30 0 9 44 .333 .500
Surprise (AFL) .203 64 13 1 7 13 0 10 20 .320 .297

Staff Comments

JS (5): "Haerther got off to a slow start after his promotion to Double-A Springfield, but came around to hit .298 in 65 games in 2005. With Skip Schumaker and Chris Duncan advancing to the majors last season and Reid Gorecki's disappointing season, Haerther is the club's outfield prospect closest to the majors. It is possible that Haerther will get called up to St. Louis in September."

LM (5): "This is the exact slot where I personally ranked Haerther. In his third professional season, Haerther put up his third straight year of a .300+ batting average as he went .307/.354/.538 cumulatively. He also earned the first in-season promotion of his professional career making the jump from class A-Advanced Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield. Haerther's Springfield performance was hindered by a hyper-extended left knee injury suffered during a collision at first base on June 15th. However, he went a torrid .361/.378/.681/1.059 the last month of the season, twenty-eight games, without committing a single error. Haerther turned 22 in July which made him the youngest position player on the Springfield roster by eight months. The combination of youth, performance and level played earned him this ranking. Baseball HQ and Baseball America both ranked him as the Cardinals' eighth-best prospect."

RM (6): "Herther is one of the best young hitters in the organization. Originally a third baseman, Cody is playing the outfield because he's much more comfortable there than on the infield. He has a decent arm for left field and still has some defense issues. He's had a couple of injuries to include a fractured tibia that has slowed his progress, but trust me nothing is going to stop him from getting to the majors. James Renwick, our AFL correspondent described Cody this way, "He's a Cardinal through and through, hard nosed, intelligent, tough." The 22-year-old outfielder is considered by some experts as the best position player in the Cardinals organization and he carries that ranking here "In the House". Cody has hit .300 three years in a row and was named to the Florida State League All-Star squad in 2005. He struggled in the Arizona Fall League this year, hitting just .203 in 18 games for the Surprise Scorpions, after hitting .298 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI fin 65 games at AA Springfield. I expect him to return to Springfield to start the next season. When asked about his plans and goals for 2006, "My goal will be to finish up the year in AAA (at Memphis). But like I said, you never know what's going to happen. I'm just going to go to the field everyday, play hard, do my best and hopefully the rest will take care of its self."

A Cardinal through and through and our Top "Position Player" Prospect."

BW (5): "All four of us agree that Haerther is the highest-raking position player in the entire system. He has yet to hit less than .300 in three professional seasons, but struggled against more elite Arizona Fall League competition, perhaps due in part to injury or fatigue. The former infielder is still learning the outfield. His ability to complete the transition there may help determine if he can ultimately become a John Mabry or better."

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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