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In advance of the 2006 draft, this
post is to provide an overall picture of the strongest prospects in the
This list is organized by year, estimating the season during which a minor league prospect might typically be a candidate for the majors. (This gets away from a Top 10 or 30 ranking, which confusingly consolidates players at different levels of development. This different perspective shows us when help may actually show up.)
This list generally focuses on potential ML starters, excluding AA and A level relief pitchers and position players who may not profile as starters. It does include these secondary track prospects if they are at AAA.
Other than Anthony Reyes, impactful prospects start to arrive in 2008 and especially 2009.
Of course, injuries in the majors might cause the Cards to promote a prospect faster. Or, alternatively, injuries to a prospect might delay his arrival.
-- RHP Anthony Reyes (A- potential, A probability of making it to the majors): can he consume innings? Fell in draft because of arm health. 15th round, 2003, USC.
-- RH reliever Josh Kinney (C+, B):
-- RH reliever Andy Cavazos (B-, B-): reclamation project. Twice sent to
-- LF/1B reserve John Gall (C+, A-): 11th rd, 2000, Stanford. Not enough power for 1B, solid righty line drive hitter. Could platoon in left, pinch-hit, back up first. Has worked hard. ETA: now.
-- C reserve Michel Hernandez (C+, B+):
-- LH reliever Tyler Johnson (B-, A-): 34th rd, 2000, JC. Fine curve. There will be room in the majors, if healthy and improves control.
-- LH reliever Chris Narveson (B-, C+): Rd 2, 2000, high school. Health?
-- OF reserve Skip Schumaker (B-, B+): 5th rd, 2001, college. Excellent fielder, strong arm, singles hitter. Needs another year at AAA. Could be 4th outfielder, lefty Taguchi.
-- 1B/LF/RF reserve Chris Duncan (B-, B+): 1st rd, high school, 1999. Lefty swinger, 6'5". Power, when he connects. 2nd year at AAA will ready him as a hitter, fielding challenged.
-- 3B/LF reserve Travis Hanson (B-, B-): Lefty hitter, 9th rd, 2002, college. Line drives. Fine 05 at AA, slump at
-- RHP Stu Pomeranz (B+, B+): 6'7", high school, 2nd rd, 2003. Young guy doing ok at AA.
-- RF Nick Stavinoha (B+, B+): college senior, football player, dominated at QC in 05; skipped to
-- RHP Blake Hawksworth (B+, B): 28th rd, 2001, HS. Bonus baby. Health woes during 04 and 05. Good start at
-- RHP Nick Webber (A-, B): 2nd rd, college, 2005. 6'7" hard thrower with movement and sink. Reliever learning to start. Fine beginning at
-- RHP Mark McCormick (A-, B): Plus fastball, Baylor, rd 2, 2005. Will need to cultivate breaking pitches to start. Needs to reduce walks, but who wants to get into the batter's box?
-- LH Jaime Garcia (B+, B-): 6'2", 22nd rd, 2005, HS. Visa delay 05. 22nd round gem.
-- RHP Chris Lambert (B+, B): Rd 1, 2004, college. 6'1", stocky. Good arm, inexperienced, inconsistent.
-- RH Michael Parisi (B, B): 6'3", 9th rd, 2004, northern college, good velocity. Did ok at A level in 05. Began 06 at AA, good Ks.
-- RF Terry Evans (B+, B): 47th rd, 2001. 6'3", righty swinger. Lifted game during 06, hitting for average, power, stealing bases.
-- LF Cody Haether (B+, B): 3rd baseman in HS. Bonus, 6th rd, 2003. Solid, lefty hitter, w/out plus speed. 584 slugging in FSL in 05.
-- C Brandon Yarbrough (B, B): 5th round, 2003, high school. Hit well in rookie ball, 04. Lefty hitting catcher is asset.
-- 3B/1B Randy Roth (B, B-): college senior, football QB, strong arm, 10th rd, 2005. Leading MW League in dingers, hitting .300.
-- RHP Mitch Boggs (B, C+): 6'3", college reliever, 5th rd, 2005. Football QB, needs experience. Starting at
-- CF Colby Rasmus (A-, B+): Lefty hitter, good tools, high school, 1st rd, 2005. Fine start 06 at QC.
-- C Bryan Anderson (B+, B): 4th rd, 2005, HS. Hit well in rookie ball. Lefty hitting asset in catcher. Fine start at QC 06 with high average, low strikeouts.
-- Jose Martinez (B+, B-): Free agent, 05. Did well in rookie ball. Good tools.
-- SS Tyler Greene (B+, B): Good speed, size, arm. Will struggle at
-- CF Daryl Jones (A-, C): 3rd rd, 2005, HS. Lefty swinger with speed.
-- SS Donovan Solano (B+, C+): Free agent, 05. Did well in rookie ball. Good tools. In Extended Spring Training.