2009 Cardinals Prospect #21 – Nick Additon

What may be the quietest top prospect in the system had a great season, but can the lefty sustain? Today's article is FREE!

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

2008 ranking: Not ranked

Position: SP

DOB: 12/16/1987

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 170

Bats: Left

Throws: Left

School: Indian River Community College (FL)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 47th round of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Selected 2008 stats

QC 9 5 2.50 25 19 1 119 92 41 12 35 108 0.56 0.214
PB 2 0 0.50 3 3 0 18 11 2 1 5 13 0.78 0.167
Tot 11 5 2.23 28 22 1 137 103 43 13 40 121 0.59 0.208

Staff comments (individual rankings in parens)

Dustin Mattison (19): One of the last draft-and-follows, Additon put up stellar numbers in his full season debut. Just 20 years old during the season, the Florida native held Midwest League hitters to a .214 average while posting a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. When returning home to the Florida State League, the southpaw was even better in three regular season starts. He gave up only one run in 18 innings while hitters managed a meager .167 average against him. Additon was so impressive in those outings that he was called on to start Game 1 of the Florida State League playoffs. In five innings, he allowed two runs but did not factor in the decision.

Additon possesses a below average fastball but compensates with a plus changeup and excellent control. His curveball shows the makings of being a solid average offering. In an organization thin on left-handed pitching, he appears to be on the top of the southpaw ladder. Will most likely start the season back at Palm Beach but could definitely see Double-A before the end of 2009. The Texas League will be a true test and should be a good barometer of Additon's ceiling.

Ray Mileur (16): I've taken some heat this year for being very optimistic about Additon and ranking him higher than most others. Nick is only pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization to pick up two of the organization's Pitcher or Player of the Month, in 2008, as he put together one of the best seasons among pitchers in the Cardinal's farm system.

Nick started the season at Quad Cities, making 25 appearances, including 19 starts, posting a record of 9-5 with an ERA of 2.50, while holding opposing batters to a .214 batting average. He finished the season with Palm Beach, appearing in three games, earning two wins, while holding the Class-A advance hitters to a .167 batting average. I just hope nobody tells him that he isn't suppose to be experiencing this much success.

Message board community (20): Additon was the "forgotten" draft and follow of the 2006 draft (Mark Diapoules got all the attention) but he has now moved to the head of the class. Additon is not without his critics however. Many criticize his lack of velocity and think he will have trouble as he moves up the ladder. His high home run rate and increasing walk rate are also causes for concern.

Addition has advanced through 4 levels in 4 years. In all likelihood he will start 2009 where he finished (Palm Beach) but if he pitches decently, he will most likely see AA by the end of the year. - CariocaCardinal

Brian Walton (26): I have to say that I am all in favor of developing left-handers, especially in a system which has identified it as a top priority to address.

At just 21 years of age this coming season, Additon would hardly be considered a late bloomer if he continues to progress over the upcoming period of time. And I do need more time to be convinced that Addition can overcome his late-round draft status and succeed despite that less-than-overwhelming fastball.

Of the four Florida natives in the Palm Beach Cardinals rotation in 2008, the lefty is among the two slated to return. After all, he only had three starts there. "Additon and (Mark) Diapoules will probably start at Palm Beach (in 2009)," Cardinals Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow told me in September.

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