Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Adam Wainwright Report

Adam Wainwright, RHP, St Louis Cardinals
Drafted 29th Overall, 2000 Draft, HS, St Simons Island, GA
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'6", 190 lbs

Another pitcher of questionable health. Wainwright started the year poorly, giving up a home run every five innings, and posting the worst hit rate and walk rate of his career. He was then diagnosed with a sprained elbow ligament and sat out the rest of the season.

When healthy, he throws three quality pitches for strikes, a low 90's fastball, a good curve, and a plus changeup.

2004 Memphis: 5.37 ERA, 64 K, 28 BB, 68 H, 12 HR, 64 IP
Career: 3.57 ERA, 624 K, 191 BB, 537 H, 41 HR, 603 IP

He didn't require surgery, but it's still pretty scary when one of your best pitching prospects has chronic elbow problems. If he's healthy, he's a candidate to fight for a rotation spot the first time one of the Cardinals starters goes down to an injury of his own or underperforms. I don't like "if" though. And Wainwright is in the wrong organization to be a young pitcher with a fragile arm.

ETA: Late 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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