2008 Cardinals Prospect #39 – D'Marcus Ingram

The 2006 "draft and follow" had an impressive short-season debut, but will there be any power to go along with the average and speed?

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to 2007 and career stats)

2007 Ranking: not applicable

Position: CF

DOB: 3/30/1988

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 170

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Pensacola Junior College

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 25th round (766th overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Signed to a 2007 contract in May, 2007 as a "draft and follow".

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Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (NR): Ingram put up some very nice numbers for the GCL Cardinals club, .325/.430/.358/.788 in 120 at bats He also walked more (19) than he struck out (15). He may well have made my Top 40 with a promotion to Johnson City and a good performance there. However, he missed my cut. Yet he is definitely one to keep your eye on next season since he plays centerfield and will just be turning 20 in March 2008.

Dustin Mattison (25): One of the last of the draft and follows, Ingram is a superb athlete that made a great impression in his professional debut by posting a .325 average and a .430 on base percentage in the Gulf Coast League. The 19-year-old possesses great speed as he proved with 22 stolen bases while getting caught only five times. The Arkansas native shows great range in centerfield and possesses an above average arm. When watching Ingram on film, it is obvious that he is still very green but he exudes tremendous athleticism. Ingram slugged only .358 and this could be his biggest obstacle moving up the ladder.

Ray Mileur (NR): Ingram hit .325 in 120 at-bats, stole 17 bases and had a .430 on-base percentage in the Gulf Coast League this season, committing only one error in 67 chances in center field. A spray hitter with plus speed, Ingram has the ability to get on base and make things happen. On defense, he has a very good arm and can cover a lot of ground in center. Some scouts have compared him to a young Kirby Puckett. Ingram didn't hit a home run in 120 at-bats in the GCL, but he has good bat speed with gap power and his power numbers should improve in time. He actually did hit three home runs in 35 at-bats in the instructional league that may be a sign of things to come. Exceeding all expectations to date, Ingram could turn out to be one of the most exciting players in the organization to watch. His stock is rising.

Brian Walton (38): I agree with what the others said and as a result, am surprised that only two of us placed Ingram in our top 40s. Ryan Ludwick was the only player with over 100 minor league at-bats who hit for a higher average and Ingram's on-base mark was tops in the entire system – even 23 points higher than Jarrett Hoffpauir, the poster child for Cardinals OBP! Add to that the fact that Ingram has speed, tied for seventh in the system with 17 steals despite having just 120 at-bats, and he led the Cards' instructional league squad in OPS this fall. Plus, he plays a premium defensive position and is just 19 years old! Putting that all together, I can't see how Ingram wouldn't be ranked.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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