2008 Cardinals Prospect #13 – Mitchell Boggs

The durable right-hander led Springfield in innings pitched in 2007. Is his ultimate destination starting or relieving?

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

2007 Ranking: 21

Position: SP

DOB: 2/15/1984

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 195

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Georgia

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the fifth round (170th overall) of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

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Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (11): Boggs moves up from 21st place last season to 13th this season. He was a mainstay in the Double-A Springfield rotation where he led the team in innings pitched. Boggs was also among the system leaders in innings pitched.

He features a low-90s fastball that can range up to the mid-90s to go along with an above-average slider. However, the rest of his pitches need work as does his consistency. He will need another reliable pitch if he is to start in the Majors. However, Boggs' work in the 2007 Arizona Fall League caught scouts' eyes and he was named a Rising Star. He will likely begin 2008 at Triple-A Memphis.

Dustin Mattison (12): With an above average fastball and slider, Boggs established himself as the ace of the Springfield staff after Jaime Garcia was shut down. His fastball can reach the mid-90s with good sink that led to lots of groundball outs that allowed him to work deeper in games. His slider has tremendous break and became a true "out pitch."

The Cardinals rewarded Boggs with a trip to the Arizona Fall League where he was recognized as a Rising Star. The 22-year-old had some very good starts in the desert, highlighted by shutting out a highly-talented Team USA lineup in four innings of work. Boggs ERA did balloon at the end of the AFL season due to fatigue. The former college quarterback is ticketed to begin the year at Triple-A, but could help the big league club sometime in 2008.

Ray Mileur (14): Depending on who you talk to, Boggs future could be in the back of a major league rotation or in middle relief. A lot of it will depend on how well he develops his changeup to compliment his 93-96 mph fastball and a decent slider. This past season, Boggs went 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA starting for Double-A Springfield. After the regular season he started six games in the Arizona Fall League, pitching very well through the first four games before getting roughed up some in his final two outings.

The Cardinals consider him one of their top pitching prospects. With a lively arm that the scouts like, Boggs hasn't missed a start since he was drafted, so don't be surprised to see him added to the Cardinals 40-man roster in 2008.

Brian Walton (16): On the positive side, Boggs' repertoire as noted above is decent, led by a fastball that he can cut and sink, and his frame is sturdy, allowing him to log innings. His numbers against lefties and righties are very comparable, adding up to good traits for a potential future set-up man.

On the other hand, I believe he allows too many baserunners, as evidenced by his 1.56 WHIP last season and 1.41 the year before. (For reference, P.J. Walters and Tyler Herron led starters in the system at 1.07 and 1.08 respectively in 2007.) I just don't see Boggs in the same class as the five other starters coming ahead on him on this list, but pen prospects are needed, too.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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