2006 Ranking: N/A
School: Southeastern Louisiana University
Cardinal: Selected in the 10th round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player
Draft. Received a $2,000 signing bonus. 2006 AVG. AB H HR RBI R SB BB K OBP. SLG OPS
Jason Scott (26): Roth has done absolutely nothing but hit since joining the Cardinals in as a 10th round draft pick in 2005. At, 24 he was a bit old for the Florida State League this past season. He will be 25 in March, so it would be best if he could make it to Memphis at some point during the season with enough time to prove himself at the Triple-A level.
Drafted as a catcher, Roth has a fastball that topped out at 95 mph as a pitcher for Delgado (La.) Community College in 2003, prior to joining Southeastern Louisiana. Since joining the Cardinals he has seen time at both of the corner infield and outfield spots. My point here is that he is versatile. When you add that to his hitting skills it makes for a good combination.
Leonda Markee (NR): I want a ‘do over' on Roth. I originally ranked him at #40 but then dropped him to #41 for reasons that I now think are rather stupid. I cannot go into any more detail without leaking just which players will and will not be in the Top 40. Let's just say that the player I ranked at #40 is not in the Top 40 nor should he be and my reason for ranking him there is, in hindsight, a rather stupid one. My main hesitation with Roth is his age. He turned 24 last March which is old for the levels at which he played. Roth's closest comparable prospect, age-wise, is Brendan Ryan who is twenty-one days younger and made it to AA in 2005. However, Roth is the far less experienced of the two players, being drafted two full years after Ryan. Roth had an excellent 2006 season and stands a good chance of making the AA Springfield squad in 2007.
Ray Mileur (29): Drafted in the 10th round of the 2005 draft, Roth was the best player on the Low-A Swing of Quad Cities, hands down in 2006, hitting .307, 18 HR, 67 RBI in 97 games and winning the Mid-West League All Star Home Run Derby before being promoted to High-A Palm Beach, where he continued to play well, hitting .295, 2 HR, 13 RBI in 30 games.
A catcher in college Roth has become a very pleasant surprise as a corner infielder. My take is he is a better prospect at third base than at first and I would even consider trying him in right field as well. Randy has studied under free-agent outfielder, David Dellucci, who played for Philadelphia Phillies last season. "I worked out with him through the winter," said Roth, adding Dellucci taught him a lot about what it takes to be professional.
Look for Roth to continue to improve and to play either first or third this season and he could possibly start the season at Double-A Springfield.
Brian Walton (35): With only two years in the system, Roth has hit at every level – at Johnson City and New Jersey in 2005 and Quad Cities and Palm Beach in 2006. Specifically, he batted .307 and slugged .523 in the Midwest League and .295/.448 in the pitching-oriented Florida State League. The open question is whether the 25-year-old next season can continue it while moving up the line.
Roth's home run output dropped dramatically in Palm Beach, so he needs to demonstrate more power, but his strikeouts trended down positively. In 2006, he handled both left-handed (.304) and right-handed (.302) pitching equally well.
Defensively, it is unclear if Roth has a clear home, as he appeared at both corner infield positions as well as cameos in the outfield corners in 2006.
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