2006 Ranking: 34
School: University of Georgia
Cardinal: Selected in the fifth round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player
Draft. Received a $150,000 signing bonus. 2006 G W-L IP H BB K ERA WHIP
Jason Scott (22): Boggs moved up 16 spots, from No. 38 to 22, on my list this year. However, opponents hit .271 against him and he posted a WHIP of 1.41 in the Florida State League this past season. Outside of June and August, which Boggs went 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA, striking out 54 and walking 12 in 64.1 innings, Boggs ERA was 5.26. My point is that Boggs will have to become more consistent to continue moving up, not only in the rankings, but also in the system.
Leonda Markee (21): This is exactly where I ranked Boggs who moved up in my rankings from 27th in 2005. His 2006 season was a bit inconsistent. In June he came within three outs of a perfect game while striking out eleven. At other times he pitched poorly enough that his final WHIP was 1.41. He was in the Top 10 starters for IP, K/9 IP, K/BB ratio and fewest home runs allowed per nine innings pitched. Like many minor leaguers, Boggs needs to work on his consistency. I expect him to compete for a spot in the Springfield rotation during Spring Training 2007.
Ray Mileur (17): Mitchell Boggs spent the 2006 season as the anchor of the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals staff, earning a spot on the FSL Post-Season All-Star squad. He went 10-6 with a 3.41 ERA. His shining moment came on June 14th when he carried a perfect game into the 9th inning against the Jupiter Hammerheads. Outfielder J.T. Restko broke up the perfect game, but Boggs then struck out the side to complete the game and the one-hit shutout.
Boggs has moved up in the ranking this season to about where I projected him to be this time going into last season. He has made the move from a reliever in college to the starting rotation without any arm problems.
I do have a little concern about his 1.41 WHIP- (walks plus hits per inning pitched). A good WHIP for a pitcher is around 1.00. Anything below 1.00 is outstanding and demonstrates the domination of a pitcher. A poor WHIP is anything over 1.75.
Boggs is likely to play at Double-A this season. Keep an eye on his WHIP.
Brian Walton (28): The former fifth rounder (2005) skipped Quad Cities in his second campaign and struggled a bit, perhaps as a direct result. I will readily acknowledge that Boggs had a dominant June that seemingly came from nowhere, but he has not yet demonstrated consistency.
For example, Boggs has been allowing too many baserunners. His walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) was pushing 1.50 this past season.
Bottom line, I am not as bullish as my peers on Boggs. Perhaps with a longer track record of success though, I could warm up a bit. He turns 23 in February, so there is still time.
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