Narveson A Starter In 07 For St. Louis?

Memphis Redbirds starter Chris Narveson and and reliever Josh Kinney combined on a six-hitter as visiting Memphis shut out the New Orleans Zephyrs, 5-0, on Sunday.

Narveson (8-5) matched a season high with seven innings, giving up four hits with seven strikeouts and six walks to lower his ERA to 2.81. Kinney allowed two hits with two strikeouts and a walk over the final two frames.

The Redbirds (58-85) took a 3-0 lead in the sixth when Rico Washington singled in Michel Hernandez and came home on Brendan Ryan's two-run single.

Narveson started his career with St. Louis after being selected in the 2000 June draft, in what must seem like a another lifetime for the tall lefty who possesses a low-90s fastball, as well mixing in an above-average curveball and changeup.

Narveson, once considered a top-of-the-line prospect for St. Louis has taken the long road back to be a part of the St. Louis Cardinals future. He was traded to Colorado in August 2004 as part of the Larry Walker deal and subsequently was traded to Boston where he spent most of 2005 in their Triple-A rotation.

The Cardinals claimed him off waivers on August 9th last season and assigned him to Triple-A Memphis.

He made only two starts for Triple-A Memphis in 05 before being shut down for the year, on August 19, with a sore shoulder. He underwent surgery on his labrum over the offseason.

He started this season on a rehab program and spent some time on the DL with a sore shoulder.

In spite of his significant phyiscal problems that he has had to overcome, he appears to have put it all back together again and with his recent success he should be moving back up rankings on Scout.com and Baseball America's prospect lists.

In the pre-season polls conducted by the St. Louis Cardinals Scout.com staff, Narveson ranked 25th among the organization's top prospects.

Baseball America didn't even have him ranked, a far drop from when they ranked him at #3 just two seasons ago even after his Tommy John surgery."

Narveson, currently on the Cardinals 40 man roster, will be in spring training with the club next season and will get a shot at making the club as one of the team's three or four new starters in 2007.

My take is, he'll make the club at the team's #5 starter and only left-hander, behind Chris Carpenter, Anthony Reyes, Adam Wainwright, (who knows who) and Chris Narveson.


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