2006 Ranking: N/A
Cardinal: Selected in the third round of the June, 2006 First-Year Player
Draft. Received a $325,000 signing bonus. 2006 G W-L IP H BB K ERA WHIP S.C. 15 5-6 74 76 32 64 3.28 1.46
Jason Scott (30): A disappointing season for Cal Poly in 2006, in which he posted a 5.48 ERA and walked 61 in 100 innings, caused Daley to fall to the Cardinals in the third round. He pitched very well with State College, posting a 3.28 ERA and striking out 64 in 74 innings. Control continued to be somewhat of a problem, however, as he also issued 32 walks. In addition to a fastball that can touch the mid-90s, Daley also throws a curveball and a changeup. With a good spring training, I could see Daley start the season with Palm Beach.
Leonda Markee (NR): Daley finished just out of my personal Top 40. Twenty-three of my Top 40 are pitchers and I ranked Daley as the twenty-fourth best pitcher in the Cardinals' minor league system this year. Opposing batters hit .267 against him and he had a 1.46 WHIP, primarily due to control issues. Daley averaged a BB/9 IP rate of 3.89. It was very close for me as to whether he should make my Top 40 and it could easily have gone in Daley's favor.
Ray Mileur (38): The Cardinals drafted Daley in the third round of the 2006 draft, out of Cal Poly. Daley has a low 90s fastball, but has some problems with his breaking pitches and command which rendered him ineffective at times this spring. His arm strength is impressive but he is still learning how to pitch.
Daley's career won-loss record at Cal Poly was 16-11 with a 5.21 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 231.1 innings. While I liked the 200 strikeouts, I'm a little concerned about his 5.21 ERA and was a little surprised he was drafted so high.
Last season Daley posted a 5-6 record with a 3.28 ERA for the short-season State College Spikes.
I ranked Daley at #38 and I'm not convinced that he has the makeup to be a Top 40 prospect, but I admit I was pleased to see that he had a two to one strikeout to walk ratio (64/32) and kept his ERA below 4.00 in his first season of professional baseball. Based on the confidence the Cardinals have in him, he should move up in the rankings in '07. For me, it would be a pleasant surprise.
Brian Walton (26): The hard-throwing righty first drew attention as the #2 prospect in the Alaska Summer League prior to his disappointing junior season at Cal Poly-SLO. Daley was still drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2006 draft.
Daley can bring it in the 92-93 MPH range. While he allowed too many baserunners at State College, 76 hits and 32 walks in 74 innings, he minimized the damage. His 3.28 ERA was aided by the fact that he did not allow a single home run. Daley fanned 64.
Overall, his numbers were most impressive for a then-20-year-old and the monthly results indicated that he improved pretty much all season long. It seems that Daley just needs more time to improve his game, which may be why I ranked him higher than the other writers.
STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking), NR = Not Rated
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