Cardinals Prospect #10 - Nick Stavinoha

Stavinoha hit .297 with 12 home runs and 73 RBI for Double-A Springfield in 2006. Player Profile

2006 Ranking: 16

Position: OF

DOB: 5/3/1982

Height: 6-2

Weight: 220

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Louisiana State University

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the seventh round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $15,000 signing bonus.





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Springfield .297 417 124 26 3 12 73 55 2 28 81 .340 .460 .800

Staff Comments

Jason Scott (15): My ranking of Stavinoha at No. 15 was the lowest of the four, but he still rose six spots in my personal rankings for 2007. He will be 25 for most of next season and that is kind of old for a first-year Triple-A player. He went through a rough stretch in May and June, hitting .214 and .190 respectively, but that could be contributed to an ankle injury that he suffered in early May. His overall numbers for the season were still good, however, and he has definitely proved that he can hit. He will likely be a non-roster invitee in spring training and it's possible that he could see time in St. Louis in 2007.

Leonda Markee (8): Stavinoha is my third-best position prospect in the Cardinals' system, just ahead of Cody Haerther.  Since I place value on performances at higher levels, I ranked Stavinoha above a very well regarded first-year outfielder that has yet to appear on this list.

I think Stavinoha's 2006 season was greatly impacted by his early May 2006 ankle injury which has been alternately described as either a severe ankle sprain or a small fracture.  At the time of his injury, Stavinoha was hitting .331/.333/.459/.793 in 74 at bats over 20 games.  While the power numbers were lacking, it was a good start to his Double-A debut.  He really struggled when he returned on May 17th, going .227/.262/.295/.558, 30-for-132, through June 30th.  But Stavinoha went .332/.384/.556/.940, 71-for-214, from July 1st through the season's end which is excellent by anyone's standards.  I think the most likely reason for his mid-season slump is his ankle injury and so did not give said slump a great deal of weight.  I look for Stavinoha to begin 2007 at Triple-A Memphis with a September call-up to St. Louis as a possibility.

Ray Mileur (13): Nick didn't play as well as I expected the few times I got to see him play this season and I'm sure that affected my ranking to some degree. I didn't rank him as high as Brian or Leonda this season, but with Nick coming in at #10 this year and it's hard to argue that finish for him.

He was our 2005 Birdhouse Player of the Year and I expected him to handle the promotion to Double-A Springfield with little problems. My biggest question this summer was, what happened to his power? In 2005 he hit 14 home runs in 250 at-bats for Low-A Quad Cities and he managed to hit only 12 home runs in 417 at-bats in 2006 for Double-A Springfield.

One scouting report shows that Nick chases too many breaking balls and appears to pick up the slider a bit too late; goes after pitches he has no chance of driving and the pitchers have learned to stay away from Nick's zone where he can drive fastballs out of the park.

He still is considered a polished hitter and he should hit for power and average. He hasn't had much playing time in the outfield (he's a converted catcher) and you can expect this aspect of his game to take time to develop, but Nick is expected to hit now.

He'll be 25 this season and he needs to get the job done for Springfield, if he is going to remain one of St. Louis' top prospects.

Brian Walton (9): After skipping rookie ball and short-season play in 2005, Stavinoha hit .344/.398/.564 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 65 games at low Class A Quad Cities in 2005. His stock continued to rise in 2006, with an assignment to Double-A Springfield.

After being slowed by injuries mid-season, the rightfielder came on strong late, hitting .330 with seven home runs in August and finished with a line of .297/.340/.460, along with 12 home runs and 73 RBI in 417 at-bats. 41 of his 124 hits were for extra bases.

Like Cody Haerther, we'll know more about Stavinoha this season as he makes the move to Triple-A. So far, the 2005 seventh-rounder has passed every test, demonstrating good power and an eye for the strike zone.

But, the questions get harder at every level. His struggles in the Arizona Fall League are reminiscent of Haerther's 2005 showing there. At 25 this coming season, Stavinoha will need to continue to improve quickly and justify his potential in Memphis.

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