Cardinals Prospect #19 - Brendan Ryan

Ryan led the Arizona Fall League in hits and at-bats in 2006. Player Profile

2006 Ranking: 13

Position: SS

DOB: 3/26/1982

Height: 6-2

Weight: 195

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Lewis and Clark State College (Idaho)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the seventh round of the June, 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $100,000 signing bonus.





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S.C. .235 34 8 0 0 0 3 5 1 3 4 .282 .235 .517
P.B. .429 14 6 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 .429 .500 .929
Springfield .302 43 13 1 0 0 3 6 1 3 6 .348 .326 .673
Memphis .154 26 4 0 0 1 6 4 1 1 3 .185 .269 .454
Totals .265 117 31 2 0 1 13 17 4 7 15 .302 .308 .609

Staff Comments

Jason Scott (25): Ryan fell from No. 11 to No. 25 in my rankings this year. The main reason for the drop was a torn ligament in his left wrist that kept him out for most of the season. He played in just 28 games, between four levels, after returning in late July. He did, however play in the Arizona Fall League after the season and led the league in hits. Maybe I dropped him too low, but he will be 25 at the start of the season and the chances of him making the big league club don't look very good. He will most likely return to Memphis to start the season.

Leonda Markee (16): Ryan's 2006 campaign did not start until late July when he was activated from the disabled list where he had languished due to an injury to a ligament in his left wrist suffered during Spring Training.  Upon activation he went to short A State College to begin a rehab assignment that saw him visit A-Advanced Palm Beach on his way back to AA Springfield.  Ryan played in ten games for Springfield before his August 29th promotion to AAA Memphis.  Ryan was subsequently sent to the Arizona Fall League to get in more playing time.  He went .320/.360/.430/.789 in 128 at bats.

Ryan's 2006 numbers are not substantive enough to draw much of a conclusion from them.  I gave a bit more weight to his AFL numbers because it represented both his most recent and most substantive performance of the season.  Ryan turned 24 last March.  His age and prior professional experience as a 2003 draft pick makes 2007 a very important year for Ryan's ‘prospect' status.  The only reason he was not bypassed by other shortstops in 2006 is due to Tyler Greene's underperformance.  Yet Ryan still shows more than a bit of promise and should begin 2007 in AAA Memphis.

Ray Mileur (22): Once considered as the Cardinals top position prospect a couple of seasons ago. As a result of injuries and failing to make himself a consistently productive player over the last two seasons, Ryan is seeing his stock drop some, as he falls from #13 in 2005 to #19 in our rankings this season.

Ryan missed a lot of last season, on the disabled list because of ligament injuries in a finger on his left hand and in his left wrist, managing to get only 117 at-bats during the regular season as compared to 126 at bats in the Arizona Fall League, where he .310 in 28 games for Peoria Saguaros.

Ryan is going to hit, he needs to focus this season on his defense, particularly his footwork and throws to cut down on his errors. A shortstop who may be converted to second base before it is all over.

He is one of the best athletes in the organization and he still has plenty of potential and the tools to make it to the majors. A "gamer" in the tradition of Rex Hudler and Bo Hart, Ryan is going to be a fan favorite if he ever makes it to St. Louis.

Brian Walton (15): Once considered by some to be the top athlete in the system, the former Midwest League batting champion (2004) has come back well from a nagging wrist injury to resume his high-average hitting. After missing three months, Ryan ended up playing at four different levels in the system in 2006, getting just 117 at-bats in total before hitting .310 in the Arizona Fall League.

The good contact and discipline are there, but with little power. My most nagging concern is over whether or not Ryan's defense, albeit at a premium position, is major-league-starting caliber. His eight errors tied for the AFL lead, for example. On the other hand, his 53 total bases led his team and was fourth-highest in the league.

If Ryan can truly impress this season, both with the bat and glove, it could play into the decision by the Cardinals on David Eckstein's future next winter.

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking), NR = Not Rated

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