The Cards newest member to the Organization is their 2nd Round Pick Charlie Tilson who signed at the deadline on August 15th for well over two times the recommended slot. He is one of the more exciting picks we made in the 2011 Draft. Welcome to the Cards Organization young man!
As the Minor League seasons are coming down the home stretch for 2011 Cards fans have to be very pleased with our system overall. We have had a very few major disappointments and so many guys that have taken a huge step forward. For the ranking nerds it is highly likely that the Cards system will be a Top 10 system going into 2012 which is a huge jump forward. Let’s highlight a few of the guys on both ends of the spectrum.
1) Seth Blair – RHP – The biggest disappointment in the 2011 season has to be Seth Blair and his inability to show any level of control of his pitches. As a high draft pick you are have some many eyes on you at all times. Blair has just over 74IP and a astounding 61BB, 11WP and 14HBP to go along with his over 5 ERA. If you want to have a glass is half full approach then you will look at his 67K’s and convince yourself that with all the BB, WP and HBP it is remarkable he only has a 5 ERA. Reality is he has had a TERRIBLE year.
2) Adam Reifer – RHP – Reifer had a breakthrough 2010 campaign and showing why so many Cards prospect nerds were so high on his stuff. Unfortunately he only had the opportunity to pitch 6+ innings in 2011 before injuring his knee and having season ending surgery. In a year our bullpen REALLY needed some help it would have been great to have him as an option mid-year.
3) Deryk Hooker – RHP – After a dynamite 2010 where Hooker had an ERA of just under 3 and over a K/IP he follows that up with a terrible 2011 season. He has given up way too many hits and given up too many free passes. That combine has lead to just under a 5.50 ERA and only 1 win. To his credit injuries have played a part in his bad season. I had him as being right behind Shelby Miller in the predictions of the Cards Minor League Pitcher of the Year award for 2011…DOH!