School: St. Mary's College, CA
Selected 2009 stats
Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)
Dustin Mattison (NR): This is a guy that just missed my list. He is a player with some upside that I really like a lot. The thing to remember with Schneider is that this is his first full season as a pitcher. Before this season, he was an infielder so he should continue to get better.
Like me, the Cardinals brass had to be surprised at how well the 21-year-old pitched and even more surprised how well he pitched in the Midwest League. Schneider possesses a lively fastball that sits in the high 80's to low 90's with good sink, a developing slider and a fairly solid changeup.
In a perfect world, he would start the 2010 season back at Quad Cites but don't be surprised him to find him breaking camp with the Palm Beach ball club.
Message board community (28): Scott Schneider seems to be the Rodney Dangerfield of this year's ranking (no respect). Despite being named The Cardinal Nation Rookie Starting Pitcher of the Year, Schneider barely cracks The Cardinal Nation top 40. His stats compare almost identically to 2007 draftee Clayton Mortensen who ranked #9 after his rookie year and is now in the majors (with the Oakland Athletics). This despite Schnieider being nearly a full year younger than Mortensen.
Across two levels (rookie league Batavia and Class A Quad Cities), Schneider posted a 2.04 ERA with a 76:13 K:BB Ratio. He also had a WHIP of less than 1.0. Possibly more importantly, Schneider had a ground ball rate of over 60% at each level.
Despite similar statistics to Mortensen, Schnieder seems unlikely to start his first full year in Double-A as Mortensen did due to age and improved organizational depth. Beginning the year at Palm Beach seems most probable at this point. - CariocaCardinal
Brian Walton (41): I think his Batavia manager, Mark DeJohn, put it best when he told me the following. "Schneider is a sleeper for me. He is a competitor. He doesn't have overpowering stuff but he's got good movement. He can throw his slider for strikes. He's got pitchability."
"Personally, I think Schneider is going to reach the big leagues – if he continues to do what he needs to do," DeJohn concluded.
From here, it is up to the sinker-slider specialist to build upon his nice 2009 start. I expect it will be Quad Cities initially, with an early promotion to Palm Beach possible if progress continues at a rapid pace.
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