The Cardinals Prospect Stock Watch (26-30)

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league prospect Mike Sillman is one of the most exciting players in the organization. This year he'll skip Double-A ball and start the season at Memphis, but it's only a matter of time before he is bringing his game to the Major Leagues.

30. SS Jose Martinez

The shortstop was the talk of the camp, once you got done talking about pitching. I don't have the stats from the final couple of games, but when I left spring training he was hitting .464 after 12 games, had scored 5 runs and driven in an amazing 10 runs.

Last season Martinez spent the entire season with low Class A Quad Cities, hitting .270/.320/.417 with eight home runs and 36 RBI. He missed nearly three weeks in August because of a bone bruise on his left. We have ranked him at #30 among the top prospects in the Cardinal organization, his stock is rising.

29. LHP Eric Haberer

Ranked as high as #14 in 2005, Haberer fell to #29 in 2006. Haberer began last season with high Class A Palm Beach. In 17 appearances (16 starts), He went 4-7 with a 3.83 ERA, allowing 95 hits, striking out 64 and walking 28 in 98.2 innings. On July 7, he was promoted to Double-A Springfield where he made 11 starts, posting a 5.43 ERA, striking out 37 and walking 34 in 61.1 innings.

Haberer is coming off a very solid spring training, with a record of 0-0 with a 2.16 ERA as of 03/28/07. In three games he pitched 8.3 innings and gave up only four hits, two earned runs. Still a solid prospect Haberer's stock is steady and could go up if he moves to the bullpen.

28. RHP Mike Sillman

You can't help but notice when Sillman is on the mound, that delivery of his, a modified submarine pitch keeps the batters off balanced.

The former University of Nebraska closer allowed just seven earned runs in 57.1 innings (1.10 ERA) spanning a FSL-high 57 appearances. His dominance over opposing batters continued in spring training for the St. Louis Cardinals, he appeared in three games Major League club, pitching three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, walking one batter and striking out two. His stock is soaring through the roof; he'll start the season at Triple-A Memphis, skipping Double-A ball all together.

27. Andy Cavazos

Last season at Triple-A he posted a 1-5 record with four saves and a 3.51 ERA. What caught the eye of St. Louis were his 55 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings pitched.

He's on the Cardinals 40-man roster, so don't be surprise to see Cavazos in St. Louis at some point this season, he appeared in seven games for Cardinals during spring training before being reassigned to the minor league camp, he had a record of 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. His stock is up and after spring training, it's holding its value.

26. RHP Nick Webber

Another prospect that saw his stock drop last season, falling from #12 in 2005 to #26 in 2006 is the annual Birdhouse Top Prospect rankings. Last season Webber went 6-6 with a respectable 4.21 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for high Class A Palm Beach, but it was opponents hitting .289 against him and allowing 153 hits in 134.2 innings that give some cause for concern.

He's coming off a very good spring training, as of 03/28; he had posted a record of 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA, in six games, pitching a solid 11 innings. Webber's stock is taking a slight turn back up and he could see himself move up about 6-10 spots in the Birdhouse poll this season.


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