The 2007 Arizona Fall League has come to a close and it is time to look back at the St. Louis Cardinal prospects and how they fared.
Mitchell Boggs' final numbers can be deceiving if one doesn't dig into them. He finished his AFL season with a record
of 0-2 with a 5.21 ERA. Even so, he
has to believe his Fall League experience was a success. In his first four outings in
Boggs gave up only two runs in thirteen innings. The 2005 draft pick put together a
fantastic performance against a loaded Team USA lineup, giving up only one hit
and striking out four in four innings of work.
was named an Arizona Fall League Rising Star and participated in this showcase
event. It was his final two outings that killed his stats, as he logged two
losses and gave up nine runs in only six innings. The product of the
reached a career high in innings pitched during the
season so these last two outings could be the result of
Luke Gregerson was a late addition to the Mesa Solar Sox roster, replacing Kyle McClellan. Gregerson seemed to be
overmatched in his six appearances, posting a 7.04 ERA. In his first outing, he came up against
the talented Team USA squad
and gave up four runs in a third of an inning. His best outing in
on November 6, when he pitched two scoreless innings while allowing only one hit
and striking out three. The 2006
draft pick did show he could be overpowering as he notched 10 strikeouts in
seven and two-thirds innings.
McClellan capped a comeback year by being selected to represent the Cardinals in
Arizona. His trip was cut short due to a previous
commitment; he got married. In
seven outings, the St. Louis
native posted an ERA of 4.91. He
had two appearances during which he gave up two runs in each; he was not scored
upon in his other five outings allowing only three total hits. In seven innings of work, he logged nine
Jason Motte has established himself as one of the Cardinals' top Minor League relief
prospects and he did nothing in Arizona to
dispel that. The former catcher
posted two victories and an ERA of 3.00 to go along with one save. He pitched 12 innings and notched 10
strikeouts while allowing opponents a .208 batting average.
a doubt, Stuart Pomeranz was the St.
prospect that made the most noise in Arizona. The noise he made was actually the
silencing of opposition bats. After
missing most of 2007 with a shoulder injury, Pomeranz put himself back into the
discussion of Cardinals pitching prospects. The 2003 second-round pick left
two victories and a miniscule ERA of 0.64.
Though he did not put up many strikeouts, hitters batted only .188
against the tall right-hander.
Mark Hamilton probably hoped for much better results in his AFL experience but there
were a few bright spots. The 2006
second-round pick hit only .171 and had only two extra base hits. But he did post a .370 on base
percentage and logged more walks, 13, than strikeouts, nine.
Jarrett Hoffpauir traveled to Arizona
hoping to establish himself even more after a breakout year in 2007. The 2004 sixth-round pick started out
hot early but struggled down the stretch, hitting only .189 in his final 10
product finished his fall league batting .236/.368/.255. His lack of power is a concern but his
on-base percentage is eye-catching.
Hoffpauir finished the AFL season with 12 walks compared to only four
Amaury Marti was added to the roster after Joe Mather was sent home early. Marti never established any rhythm, hitting .220/.304/.317. The Cuban
native did drive in eight runs in only 13 games.
Mather was shut down early due to a tender elbow. The first baseman/outfielder only played
in six games, hitting .286/.375/.286.
Dustin Mattison can be reached via
email at email@example.com.
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