Friday, March 04, 2005

Carmen Cali Report

Carmen Cali, LHP, St Louis Cards
Drafetd 293rd Overall (10th Rd), 2000 Draft, Florida Atlantic
Bats L/Throws L
26 YO, 5'10", 185 lbs

Here's what you need to know about Carmen Cali. He's a short, left-handed reliever with a very funny name, but he can bring it. From the team that brought us Kiko Calero (who debuted as a 28 year old), here's a left handed version. Cali can get it up to 97 MPH at times, but his fastball is his only real offering.

2004 Tennessee: 2.91 ERA, 47 K, 19 BB, 43 H, 3 HR, 46 IP
2004 Memphis: 2.70 ERA, 20 K, 4 BB, 17 H, 4 HR, 20 IP
2004 St Louis: 8.59 ERA, 8 K, 6 BB, 13 H, 1 HR, 7 IP
mL Career: 4.16 ERA, 299 K, 155 BB, 332 H, 18 HR, 337 IP

As LOOGY candidates go, you could do a lot worse than Cali. There's limited upside to those guys though. Even the best LOOGY isn't worth more than a couple games in the win column, but a bad one could easily make a manager cry like a 7 year old with a skinned knee.

ETA: Early 2005
2 1/2 Stars

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