2007 Cardinals Arizona Fall League Review

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.

The Pitchers

 

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 Arizona, 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.

 

Boggs 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 University of Georgia reached a career high in innings pitched during the Springfield season so these last two outings could be the result of fatigue.

 

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 Arizona came 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.

 

Kyle 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 strikeouts.

 

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. 

 

Without a doubt, Stuart Pomeranz was the St. Louis 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 Arizona with 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.

 

The Hitters

 

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 games.  The University of Southern Mississippi 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 strikeouts.

 

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.

 

Joe 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 dustin@whiteyball.com.

 

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