2008 Cardinals Prospect #35 – Mike Parisi

Can the new addition to the 40-man roster make the big step to the back end of the 2008 St. Louis Cardinals' rotation?

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

2007 Ranking: 25

Position: SP

DOB: 4/18/1983

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 215

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Manhattan College

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the ninth round (270th overall) of the June, 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

2007 stats

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (25): My ranking of Mike Parisi is mainly a case of ‘In Dyar Miller We Trust'. Miller, who until recently was Memphis' pitching coach, is very complimentary about Parisi, specifically his mental make-up/attitude and his improving stuff. He thinks Parisi has an outside shot at the #5 slot in the Cardinals' 2008 rotation. Miller has shown himself to be willing to speak his mind on pitching even when his opinions are not in sync with the Cardinals' party line (ref: Reyes, Anthony – divergent opinions of). So I take Mr. Miller at his word and give Mike Parisi the ranking that I did.

Dustin Mattison (NR): There is just nothing with Parisi that excites me. In his minor league career he has given up almost ten hits per nine innings with a WHIP of 1.46. He doesn't really help himself out of jams either with only 409 strikeouts in 552 career minor league innings. I know the Cardinals like his sinker but these are not minor league numbers that translate to success in the Majors.

Ray Mileur (NR): A highly regarded prospect within the organization, Parisi was just added to the 40-man roster. I didn't rank Mike in my personal "Top 40" rankings this year, after ranking him at #21 in 2007. I watched Mike struggle a lot in spring training this year with his mechanics and delivery. He went on to finish the ‘07 season with Memphis with an 8-13 record and a 4.91 ERA.

Our Scout.com Memphis beat reporter, Brent Diederich, gave Parisi "Starting Pitcher of the Year" honors for Memphis based mostly on Parisi being a workhorse, who pitched through a series of nagging injuries, eating up innings for the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate. My take on Mike hasn't changed much from last season. His mechanics are correctable, but he'll still need to learn to pitch to break into the majors. He doesn't have the stuff to dominate batters so he needs to get better command of his curveball and use it more often.

Brian Walton (28): I consider the wide spread in voting here to be a good representation of the diversity of opinion on this player. I admit I was surprised the Cardinals added Parisi to their 40-man roster this November, but I was not among those who saw him pitch regularly. Those folks have a lot of confidence in the right-hander which carries weight, though the times I have seen Parisi, I was not knocked out.

On the positive side, Parisi finished in the top ten in the system in strikeouts (111), but he also dished up the second-most home runs (21) and fourth-most walks (65). He'll need to step up in his second turn in Memphis to move to the next level, 40-man roster spot or not, but seems capable of getting it together.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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