The Cardinals Prospect Stock Watch (31-35)

Nobody's stock rose higher and faster than that of RHP Dennis Dove, who came out of nowhere to make the Cardinals think twice before sending him down to Triple-A Memphis to start the season.


# 35. RHP Gary Daley

I saw Gary pitch in three games this spring as he posted a record of 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA, (7.7 IP). He looked better as you might expect by the third appearance, but he typically was more effective against the first few batters he faced. Drafted in the third round last year, Daley made 15 appearances, 14 of which were starts, for short-season Class A State College. He was 5-6 with a 3.28 ERA, allowing 76 hits, striking out 64 and walking 32 in 74 innings. I have confidence that Daley is going to improve as he gains more experience, his stock is steady and even, as spring training camp breaks down.


#34. 1B Randy Roth

When I left Florida there were still some questions about where Roth was going to play this season, not only with what team, but at what position. He can catch and play first base. On March 28th, he was hitting .262, 1 HR, 3 RBI, after 13 spring training games and 42 at-bats. I would have expected a few more extra base hits; he hit one double and one triple to go along with a homer for three extra base hits this spring. He's going to Springfield after just a half of season at High-A ball, so his stock is certainly rising.


33. RHP Dennis Dove

Nobody's stock rose higher than Dennis Dove's did this spring. The kid came basically out of nowhere after struggling with a promotion to Double-A Springfield last season to almost make the team, hanging on until the final round of cuts were made. He appeared in seven games for St. Louis, pitching a total of 6.1 innings, posting a record of 0-0 1.42 ERA with 1 save in one save opportunity. What stands out to me is he struck out five batters and didn't walk anyone and this is the guy who's fastball was clocked at 103 MPH (I know their gun is off in Springfield) but you were never sure where the pitch was going, sort of a Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams thing. Dove will start the season at Triple-A Memphis, but nobody impressed the Cardinals' Brass more than Dove this season. Stock is skyrocketing, buy!


32. RHP Eddie Degerman

Eddie has had a very rough spring; he just couldn't find the plate. As of 03/28 he had appeared in only two games and pitched 1.3 innings, but he walked 10 batters and gave up eight earned runs in the process. He didn't look anything like he did last season when he made nine starts for short-season Class A State College, posting a 2.76 ERA, allowing 37 hits, striking out 53 and walking only 20 in 42.1 innings. Hopefully he'll get things turned around quickly, he's young and that is why you have spring training. His stock has dropped some, but it wouldn't take much to make it rebound considering he only pitched in two games this spring and less than two innings.


31. LHP Tyler Norrick

The lefty from Southern Illinois University had a decent spring, in his final outing on Saturday, he could have pitched a little better, in four innings he gave up two runs while scattering eight hits. Nothing to write home about, but prior to that game Tyler had posted a spring training record of 0-0, 3.38 ERA. In three games, pitching eight innings Norrick walked five batters which is some cause for concern, but he also struck out six batters. He's a lefty so it's hard for his stock to fall much, so on the balance his stock is holding its value.



Coming up tomorrow, I'll take a look at our Top Prospects from #25 to #30 to include, RHP Nick Webber, RHP Andy Cavazos, RHP Mike Sillman, LHP Eric Haberer and infielder Jose Martinez who had a hugh spring training.

I'll see you at the ballpark!


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