2008 Cardinals Prospect #29 – Stuart Pomeranz

Injuries have dimmed the tall righty's prospect star somewhat, but is he now poised for a return to prominence in 2008?

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

2007 Ranking: 7

Position: SP

DOB: 1/19/1985

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 220

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Houston High School (Germantown, TN)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the second round (65th overall) of the June, 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

2007 stats

Tm

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

AVG

GCL

0

0

5.79

3

3

0

4.2

4

3

1

1

4

0.67

0.250

PB

1

2

6.52

3

3

0

9.2

12

9

4

2

5

1.78

0.300

Tot

1

2

6.28

6

6

0

14.1

16

12

5

3

9

1.33

0.286

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (34): Pomeranz nose-dived from being ranked The Birdhouse's seventh-ranked prospect in 2006 to 29th overall this season. He basically missed the 2007 season due to a shoulder injury so this season's performance cannot be used to assess his progress. Pomeranz was fairly impressive in the 2007 Arizona Fall League, allowing just nine hits in 14 innings pitched. However, he did walk more (five) than he struck out (three). His AFL performance is simply too small to draw any conclusions from it.

Pomeranz has missed significant time due to injuries for two straight seasons. He has also shown more promise than production. I have been one of his main supporters to this point but Pomeranz needs to stay on the mound and produce if he is to be considered a prospect. Here is hoping he does that in 2008.

Dustin Mattison (30): The big right-hander missed most of the year due to injury and probably would have missed my list if not for such a strong Arizona Fall League performance. Out in Arizona, Pomeranz notched two victories and a miniscule 0.64 ERA while allowing hitters only a .188 batting average. The soon to be 23-year-old did not allow a run until his fifth start of the fall. What is alarming was his lack of strikeouts, only three in 14 innings. Drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft, the 6-foot-7 Pomeranz could see his way to Triple-A if he regains his low nineties velocity.

Ray Mileur (38): Selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2003 First-Year-Player-Draft, Pomeranz has been ranked as a Top 10 prospect in the Cardinals organization from practically day one. Pomeranz was limited to just 18 starts for Double-A Springfield in 2006, due to oblique and shoulder injuries. Stuart, who was shut down in spring training because of concerns over his stiff shoulder, eventually submitted to arthroscopic surgery to clean up a bit of fraying in his labrum and to release some capsule tension in his right arm.

Struggling with injuries, Pomeranz hasn't posted good numbers for three seasons. He pitched very well in the Arizona Fall League after missing most of this past regular season. If he can stay healthy, he still has one of the best arms in the system.

Brian Walton (23): For the second consecutive day, I post the most aggressive vote of our four writers. In contrast to youngster Brad Furnish who is still a fresh addition to the list, in this case I am less likely to back off on a player who has convinced us of his capabilities previously. Most recently, I am less concerned than the others about Pomeranz' lack of AFL strikeouts since it represented his first extended action since beginning his injury rehab process.

Still, Pomeranz' free pass is not indefinite in duration. What follows is a cliché, but apt in this case. 2008 will truly be a make or break year for the big righty. He will either finally join the 40-man roster after six years or could end up departing as a minor league free agent following the 2009 season. In other words, the end of Pomeranz' Cardinals prospect runway is clearly within sight. It is time to lift off.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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