2009 Cardinals Prospect #28 – Shaun Garceau

With a solid season primarily in A-Advanced at the age of 20, can Garceau now step up to Double-A in 2009?

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to full 2008 and career stats)

2008 ranking: Not ranked

Position: SP

DOB: 8/28/1987

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 185

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

School: Royal Palm Beach High School (FL)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 20th round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Selected 2008 stats

Tm

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

AVG

QC

0

2

2.08

7

5

0

26

27

9

0

6

22

1.00

0.262

PB

8

4

3.42

18

17

0

97.1

69

38

5

55

56

1.15

0.201

Tot

8

6

3.14

25

22

0

123

96

47

5

61

78

1.12

0.215

Staff comments (individual rankings in parens)

Dustin Mattison (28): An overlooked pitching prospect, Garceau performed admirably as a 20-year-old in the Florida State League. His strikeout-to-walk ratio leaves quite a bit to be desired (56-to-55 at Palm Beach) but he was able to consistently limit the damage to finish with a respectable 3.42 ERA. Garceau limited the opposition to a .201 batting average against while dominating at Roger Dean Stadium (4-1 record with a 1.69 ERA).

Garceau possesses a fastball that sits in the high eighties/low nineties range while topping out at 94 MPH. His curveball seems to be the pitch with the most potential. It is already a swing and miss pitch that should get better even better as he matures. His changeup is a work in progress that he will have to improve upon to continue to move up the minor league ranks.

Ray Mileur (28): Garceau took home the Quad Cities River Bandits' Pitcher of the Month award for April to start the season and earned a promotion to Palm Beach. He landed on the DL and missed a couple of weeks of playing time in June. Garceau posted a record with the Class-A Advanced Cardinals of 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA. He made significant progress in keeping the ball in the park, after surrendering 15 home runs in 111 innings in 2007, Shaun only allowed five home runs in 123 innings in 2008, with 97.1 of those innings being with Palm Beach. Garceau will likely be playing in Springfield at some point next season.

Message board community (26): Garceau has moved quickly through the Cardinals system. Drafted out of high school in 2005, he led high-A Palm Beach in wins this past year despite just turning 21 the last week of the season. He started the season at Quad Cities but was promoted to Palm Beach after just 7 games.

What makes Shaun Garceau's statistics interesting is that prior to his promotion to his promotion to PB, Garceau was giving up over 1 hit per inning with a relatively high number of walks and decent K totals. After his promotion, he responded by reducing his hit rate tremendously (slightly more than 2 for every 3 innings pitched) while increasing his walk rate and reducing his K rate.

Despite the oddity of his statistics, Garceau should start 2009 as a 21-year-old in AA. That fact is made even more impressive given that Garceau only pitched 44 innings in his first 2 professional seasons (including missing the entire 2006 season). - CariocaCardinal

Brian Walton (29): Garceau may have missed the group Top 40 one year ago, but I had him at number 37 on my personal list, so he hasn't been entirely overlooked. I also selected him as our Scout.com Palm Beach Starter of the Year for 2008. This time around, there is uncanny agreement on where he sits, with all four voters within three places.

One year ago here, I looked for 2008 improvement from Garceau in three areas. Let's score how he did:
1) Cut down on home runs yielded. – pass, as Ray noted above
2) Begin games better – pass – reduced opposing batting average in first three innings from .350 last year to .200 this season.
3) Issue fewer walks – fail – walk rate increased from 4.1 per nine innings in 2007 to 4.5 per nine in 2008.
It's pretty clear where additional attention is required.

In September, farm director Jeff Luhnow told me that among the four solid starters at Palm Beach this past season, Garceau and Tyler Herron most deserve the opportunity to move up to Springfield rotation this coming spring. Double-A is a big step, especially at 21, but Garceau should be up to the task, especially if he can finally cut back on the free passes.



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