2008 Cardinals Prospect #20 – Mark McCormick

The former supplemental first-rounder from the 2005 draft heads into his fourth season with nagging injury questions remaining. Will 2008 bring good health, improved control and stellar results or simply more questions?

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

2007 Ranking: 11

Position: SP

DOB: 10/15/1983

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 195

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Baylor

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the supplemental first round (43rd overall) of the June, 2005 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

1.93

3

3

0

4.2

1

2

0

2

4

0.43

0.067

PB

0

0

0

1

1

0

3

2

0

0

0

2

1.00

0.222

Tot

0

0

1.17

4

4

0

7.2

3

2

0

2

6

0.60

0.125

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (9): McCormick is one in my Top 40 that I ranked almost exclusively based on his upside. McCormick missed most of the 2007 season while recuperating from right shoulder surgery. A supplemental first round pick in the June 2005 draft, McCormick only pitched seven and two-thirds innings after being activated on August 16th. Next season will be important for him as he needs to both show he is healthy and prove that he has overcome his control problems. If McCormick cannot do both of those things, his ranking will plummet.

Dustin Mattison (37): If healthy, McCormick has one of the best arms in the system. The problem is he can't stay healthy. Drafted in the supplemental first round in 2005, he has a fastball that reaches the mid-90s and a plus curveball. He has multiple shoulder problems that have led to surgery and as history has shown us, those can be very difficult injuries for pitchers to bounce back from. His ceiling is limited due to so much time he has missed since turning pro.

Ray Mileur (18): McCormick spent almost the whole season on the DL, recovering from the Tommy John surgery he had during the offseason last year. Ranked by our staff at #11 last season, McCormick started just four games this year, pitching only 7.2 innings. Not much of a sample to go by, but McCormick has Major League stuff and can be a dominant starter when he's on his game. Possessing one of the best power arms in the system, McCormick has struggled at times with his control; if he can improve the consistency of his secondary pitches, he should move up quickly to Double-A Springfield.

Brian Walton (21): There are few players, if any, in this countdown that received such varied rankings – one of us placed McCormick in each group of ten – top ten, 11-20, 21-30 and 31-40. My opinion is near the middle of the pack as I keep hearing raving reports about McCormick's stuff, yet the man has not been healthy long enough for me to have actually seen him pitch in a live, competitive game. I had to use a Baylor image above as no one has a file photo of him pitching in a Cardinals uniform. Putting it another way, in three seasons as a professional, McCormick has yet to surpass the number of innings in aggregate that he tossed in a single season as a senior at Baylor in 2005.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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