Cardinals Prospect #4 - Stuart Pomeranz

Pomeranz turned 21 in December. Player Profile

Position: RHP

DOB: 12/17/1984

Height: 6-7

Weight: 220

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Houston High School (Germantown, TN)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the second round (65th overall) of the June, 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $570,000 signing bonus.

2005 G W-L IP Hits BB K ERA
Palm Beach (High-A) 8 2-5 48.1 56 10 29 3.35
Springfield (AA) 18 5-6 98.2 110 40 66 5.29

Staff Comments

JS (4): "Pomeranz didn't post very good numbers in 2005, but got this ranking due in large part to his age, having just turned 21 on December 17. He did finish the 2005 season strong though, posting a 2.38 ERA in his last five starts. He will most likely be sent back to Springfield to start the 2006 season."

LM (2): "I will now defend my second-place ranking for Mr. Pomeranz. First., his performance needs to be put into the context of age. He turned 21 on December 17th which makes him the youngest player on the Springfield roster. In fact one needs to go all the way down to the New Jersey roster to find players younger than Pomeranz. Second, he spent most of the season in Double-A which is a big accomplishment for one so young. On his performance, his overall Double-A numbers were mediocre at best. However, he put together a string of five starts to finish the season in which he compiled a 2.38 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 2.56 K/BB ratio and .219 BAA in thirty-four innings while allowing no home runs. Normally, I would give limited weight to these stats but I feel there was a pattern to Pomeranz' Double-A season. He progressively got worse after his May 21st promotion from Palm Beach until he was placed on the 7-day disabled list near the end of July. He fired off the abovementioned stats immediately after his activation from the disabled list on August 5th. That is a dramatic turn-around from the 6.79 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 1.46 K/BB ratio and .308 BAA in fifty-nine and two-thirds innings through July 31st. He was giving up 1.66 HR/9 IP through that point. I attribute the difference in performance, at least in part, to an injury that he was battling as evidenced by his trip to the DL. Hence, I feel his performance from August 5th onwards is far more representative of his abilities than is his performance prior to going on the DL. That is why I ranked him where I did. Only one player in the Cardinals' minor league system bested Pomeranz, in my opinion."

RM (4): "Pomeranz split last season between Palm Beach and Springfield. His numbers at AA were less then impressive to say the least. A 5-6 won loss record and a 5.29 ERA contributed to his fall in the rankings at Baseball America, from #5 in the beginning of 2005 down to #10 now and Baseball HQ ranks Pomeranz at #12. Don't get too concerned about this bump in the road, for Pomeranz. He has a 88-92 MPH fast ball with good sink, that is improving and he also has a good curve and a decent changeup. He led the Cardinals minor leagues in wins in 2004. He should have stayed in Palm Beach last season. I thought the Cardinals would have taken it a little slower with him. He was promoted to AA Springfield, when A-Ball players were hitting .296 against him. The promotion seemed somewhat misguided to me. He tips his change up pitch, doesn't hold runners on base well and is to slow to the plate with his pitches and these things contributed to his numbers at Springfield. He has very good command of his pitches and induces a lot of groundball outs. He'll start the season at Springfield and should stay there for at least most of the season."

BW (4): "One concern that I have with Pomeranz is that his strikeout rate has declined each of his three seasons as a professional. But, he will pitching next year at just 21 years of age in his fourth season. I will be interested in how Pomeranz fares assuming he will be starting again at Double-A Springfield. He has the potential to be a back-of-the-rotation starter in the bigs."

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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