2009 Cardinals Prospect #8 – Mitchell Boggs

The Cards' top minor league starter made his MLB debut last season. Will he build upon that and take over a 2009 rotation spot?

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

2008 ranking: #13

Position: SP

DOB: 2/15/1984

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 215

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

School: University of Georgia

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

Selected 2008 stats

MEM 9 3 3.45 21 21 0 125 107 52 11 46 81 1.62 0.235
MLB 3 2 7.41 8 6 0 34 42 29 5 22 13 1.67 0.304

Staff comments (individual rankings in parens)

Dustin Mattison (8): Another Cardinal making his big league debut in 2008, Boggs performed admirably in his call up. The Birdhouse's Memphis Redbirds Starter of the Year, he was also recognized by Baseball America as the Best Pitching Prospect in the Pacific Coast League.

With his lack of a third pitch, Boggs is probably more suited for the bullpen. Just recently on a St. Louis radio show, Dave Duncan stated that he feels that way as well. Boggs could become a very valuable swingman with the ability to fill in as a spot starter when needed as well as providing multiple innings in relief.

Ray Mileur (7): Boggs picked up a win in his major league debut. He had two stints with St. Louis, where Boggs posted a 3-2 record with a 7.41 ERA, in eight games, including six starts. At Triple-A Memphis he fared much better, posting a record of 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA. Boggs will likely see more playing time in St. Louis in 2009. I have told several readers in private e-mails that I would pencil Boggs in as the Cardinals fifth starter if they fail to sign anyone else and Chris Carpenter isn't ready to answer the bell. Is he ready, I'm not 100% sure, but I'm not opposed to giving him major league on-the-job training, as a fallback option.

Message board community (8): Boggs put up a fine 2008 minor league season but still continues to struggle for prospect ranking respect. Despite leading the PCL in ERA, Boggs, was ranked no higher than 7th by any of our rankers. One of the knocks against Boggs has been that he didn't K enough hitters. He continued that trend in 2008 with an even lower than previous K rate of just 5.8 hitters per 9 innings. Boggs struggled in a brief call up to STL during the season but his numbers there were so far from his norms that I don't consider them even relevant.

Boggs could battle for a spot in the 2009 STL rotation depending on who else the club signs this off season. If not needed for the rotation he could be in contention for a bullpen spot or be the starter in waiting at Memphis. - CariocaCardinal

Brian Walton (10): Boggs continues his slow, but steady climb in these rankings, moving up for the third consecutive year. I don't think either the organization or a majority of the fans are comfortable with Boggs as their fifth starter in the majors, however. I see him continuing as an emergency starter unless a disabled list stint hits another rotation member.

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