The Official Prospect(s)

I’ve been watching Bryan Anderson since the beginning of last year, following an interview and story I did with him. At the time, he was mostly notable for being the youngest player in camp, but also because he’d hit pretty nicely in his pro debut at age 18. Throw in the fact that the guy has a beautiful swing, and I was definitely intrigued.

Of course, Anderson went on to have a very nice year at Quad Cities, and he’s raking at Springfield. He is jokingly, but frequently, referred to in the press box as the Official Prospect of StLCardinals.com. If there’s a list of things I love to see in a hitting prospect, he’s pretty much got them all — very young for his leagues, an idea of the strike zone, promising offense at a premium defensive position. If I were really being picky, I’d like to see some more power, at least more doubles power, but a catcher hitting 320/380/450 at Double-A at age 20 is a really, really nice prospect.

Well, now there’s an official Prospect 1B of StLCardinals.com — right-hander Tyler Herron, a sandwich pick in that same increasingly fruitful 2005 draft. He was a little rough in his pro debut, but of course he was 18 and 19, and even then he had an excellent strikeout rate. Herron went on to hold his own in his second year, and this year he’s really stepping forward. His outing on Saturday night looks like a real coming-out party. Herron dominated, striking out 10 with no walks in six innings.

In seven June outings, four starts (QC had been using the tandem-starter system), Herron threw 31 2/3 innings, allowed 24 hits, struck out 37 and walked 2. I’m not sure, but I think an 18.5:1 K:BB ratio is considered good. The list of Cards pitching prospects generally includes Jaime Garcia, Chris Perez, Dennis Dove, Blake Hawksworth and Adam Ottavino, and I like them all to varying degrees.

I’m eager to see Herron pitch, but from what I know of him and from what he’s doing at QC, I think he’s exciting. Of course, the higher levels of the Minors tend to sift out a lot of guys, so we’ll know more in a couple of years. But it’s surprising to me how much a supplemental first-rounder has flown under the radar thus far.

-M, listening to Pandora Internet radio.

8 Comments

I certainly have been looking at Anderson recently as well. What can be said about his defensive skills?

I had not looked at Nerron, but 10 Ks and 0 BBs in any pro game is impressive.

Rasmus’ average is not too high so far, but he still seems to be the real deal.

I have to wonder, who in the minors can really be seen as a potential impact player for next year? I love the Ankiel story, but still have doubts about his durability.

Is there any truth to the rumor of trading Hawksworth, JRod, and Juan E. to the White Sox for Mark B? When can we expect to see Chris Perez with the parent club?

I’ve been wondering for quite some time and I’m sorry to keep bugging but I still have not been informed. Does anyone know some of the trade rumors going on besides the one above? And also, what does OPS stand for?

OPS= on-base percentage plus slugging. It’s mostly a fantasy stat, but gives equal weight to slugging and on base percentage. I prefer GPA (Gross Production Average).

GPA=((1.8*OBP)+SLG)/4

This is better because the numbers come out on the same scale as a batting average and it’s easier to judge how well a player is doing.

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/statpages/glossary/#gpa

kk thanks, just been wondering what that was for awhile.

With the way our bats are going thus far, I am wondering why we haven’t brought up Ankiel. At this point, he has been in the program for how long? Wasn’t he signed the same year as JD Drew? He has been to the majors, understands what it takes, and I know his original contract is steep, I’d like to kno what he is making now, and isn’t time we make/break this guy? Encarnacion is NOT the answer in right, and we need some more ‘pop’ in this lineup. even if something happens this year & we make the post-season, I really don’t see us going far with the pitching/lineup we have. We ought to go into the off-season having filled a few of our question marks with certainties, unlike the past two seasons. This year RF, CF, and starting pitching are all holes that will need to be filled. If anyone in the system is going to fill them, we ought to do it now, we may becaome pleasantly surprised.

I’d like to know what peoples problem is with Encarnacion, hasn’t he proved with his hitting that he’s good enough to be the Cardinals right fielder?

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