2008 Cardinals Prospect #24 – Luke Gregerson

Our Palm Beach Cardinals' Reliever of the Year moved up to Double-A and the Arizona Fall League to culminate his strong 2007. Will he continue to impress at higher levels of competition?

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

2007 Ranking: not ranked

Position: RP

DOB: 5/14/1984

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 200

Bats: L

Throws: R

School: Saint Xavier

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 28th round (856th overall) of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

2007 stats

Tm

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

AVG

PB

3

4

1.97

53

0

29

64

42

14

0

20

69

2.83

0.188

SPR

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

3

 

0.250

Tot

3

4

1.94

54

0

29

65

43

14

0

20

72

2.83

0.189

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (18): Gregerson is one of seven 2006 draftees to make their Top 40 debut this season. I slotted him a bit higher than this but this ranking is definitely within the range of where I had him in the Top 40. All but one of Gregerson's 65 regular season innings pitched came with A-Advanced Palm Beach where he gave up just 42 hits in 64 innings for a .188 batting average against (.271 BABIP). He compiled a 1.97 ERA, 2.02 dERA and 2.03 FIP at Palm Beach.

Better yet, he struck out an average of 9.7 batters every nine innings while walking just two in that same time span and had a 0.97 WHIP. Gregerson was 23 for most of the 2007 season. I expect him to start 2008 in Double-A Springfield where we should get a more accurate gauge of Gregerson's potential future.

Dustin Mattison (28): The 28th round pick from the 2006 draft burst on to the Cardinal prospect scene with an impressive showing in the Florida State League. Gregerson finished third in the league with 29 saves. Just as impressive was his 1.97 ERA in 64 innings of work. The 23-year-old finished with 69 strikeouts and allowed hitters only a .188 average.

Gregerson received an end of year promotion to Springfield to help with their playoff run and saw action in only one regular season game. He was rewarded for his fine season with a trip to the Arizona Fall League where he really struggled with the advanced competition. Gregerson works with a low nineties fastball and an above average slider. He should start the year back at Springfield and he must show that he has the ability to adjust to the higher level of play.

Ray Mileur (21): Our 2007 "Minor League Reliever of the Year" as well as the Palm Beach Cardinals' "Reliever of the Year", Gregerson didn't give up a single home run in 64 innings pitched for the Cardinals. Selected to mid and post season FSL All-Star teams, Gregerson won Pitcher of the Game award at the 2007 FSL All-Star Game in Daytona. He finished the season with a 3-4, 1.94 ERA and 29 saves.

A late addition to the Arizona Fall League, Gregerson should start the season at Double-A Springfield. A lot of relievers in the minor league system will go unnoticed, that won't be the case with Gregerson.

Brian Walton (36): Compiling these articles each day makes me feel compelled to say something different from the others. Especially in this case, it has already been said. The numbers themselves have spoken as to Gregerson's solid and steady 2007 season, one in which he finished third in the system in WHIP (0.97) and fifth in ERA (1.94).

Yet, I am just not yet convinced as our other voters that Gregerson warrants such a high selection. He is still ranked number 24 overall in the entire farm system despite my placement at 36 dragging him down. In 2008, I'd like nothing better than to see this reliever taken in the 28th round step up and demonstrate to the doubters we were wrong about his value.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

To see our entire list of 40 prospects as they are unveiled daily, click here. You can also read each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections.

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