More rumors this afternoon:
Baseball Analysts interviewed Matt Davidson, a 3B out of Yucaipa HS in California, and in the interview Davidson tells us that one of the teams he worked out for the was the Cardinals. Like Grichuk, Davidson is a bat, only a more highly regarded bat. Baseball America rated him the 42nd best overall amateur talent in the draft. Baseball Prospectus, 41. Keith Law went as far as to rank him 15th overall. This scouting report gave him a 54 overall future potential (OFP) grade on the 20-80 scale, rating his power potential as a 70. The downside with Davidson is while he’s a 3B now, he’s expected to move to 1st as a pro. I’ve heard this story before. You can see some video of Davidson here.
Derrick Goold gives us the low down on a couple collegiate hitters who visited today, Notre Dame outfielder AJ Pollock and Indiana catcher Josh Phegley. Phegley has power and patience and if he can stick behind the plate, he’d be a pretty interesting pick. Problem is, no would bet that he would. Law says:
Because he can hit well for a catcher, he’s a sandwich or second-round prospect, but a team that doesn’t think he can catch probably will not rank him in the top five rounds.
Pollock was a guy I thought he Cardinals could be on all along. He hit .377/.445/.556 in the Cape and also played well for the Irish this spring. BA says:
He projects as a 30 doubles/15 homers threat in the majors, and he’s a slightly above-average runner who has plus speed once he gets going. Pollock also has good instincts and a solid arm in center field.
Goldstein compared him to Nate McLouth with less sock, I think he’s Skip Schumaker part 2. In fact, there’s the notion of moving him to 2nd base. His best tools are his speed and fielding range, he should hit for average, but lacks power. BA ranked him 23rd overall. Law ranked him 33rd. He’s more of a low floor, medium reward type of player.
I haven’t heard of one pitcher having worked out for the Cardinals yet, though I’m sure they have. I’ve heard from they were all over some familiar names this spring: Mike Minor, Rex Brothers and Kyle Heckathorn.
In my view, the Cards look more and more like they’re thinking bat first, which is playing it by the numbers.