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Cardinals convert former second-round pick Robert Stock from catcher to pitcher

Mar 5, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals have converted prospect Robert Stock from a catcher to a pitcher. Rather, they’re going to try to, sending him to minor league camp to begin the process.

Stock, the No. 67 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, batted just .241/.320/.347 with 10 home runs in 189 minor league games. He was drafted as a catcher out of the University of Southern California, but the 22-year-old was actually one of the Trojans’ best pitchers in his final year there, registering a 2.90 ERA and 86/39 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings.

The Post-Dispatch‘s Joe Strauss tweets that “draftniks swore his future was” on the mound at the time the Cardinals selected him. Now the Redbirds will have to hope they didn’t act too late.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I hope this works out for the kid, I remember when he was drafted and alot were indeed saying they had him out of position.

    This kind of personifies the Jeff Luhnow drafting era in STL, very little success with position players but chalked full quality arms.

  2. cur68 - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Didn’t the Cards do this to Motte, too?

    • paperlions - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Yep.

      • cur68 - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        Little cottage industry they have going there.

  3. jason1214 - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Cubs did it with Carlos Marmol & Randy Wells. Good luck to the Redbirds.

  4. rooney24 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Now the Redbirds will have to hope they didn’t act too late.

    Too late? He’s only 22. It would seem they gave him a fair chance as a catcher and is still plenty young enough to try to make the switch.

  5. blzr409 - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Stock’s an interesting story. I remember hearing about him in his high school years. He was seen as a sure-fire first rounder in 2007, but instead graduated early and started classes at USC before his 17th birthday. USC coaches thought he could be the next Jeff Clement (which is actually a good thing at USC), but it just didn’t go as expected. He was still seen as a very interesting draft prospect, mainly because he was still 19 and had a big arm.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:57 AM

      Somewhere, Bryce Harper is having this read to him, while showing great concern.

      At the flamining out as a catcher at a young age part.

      Not the being smart enough to go to college for two years and gain a little maturity before putting on his big boy pants part.

      • paperlions - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        No, that isn’t happening….there is absolutely no comparison between the talent Stock has and that of Harper….it’s like comparing Ryan Howard to Albert Pujols.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        I think you’ve missed the point. By a large margin.

  6. stex52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Maturity is nice, but so is a multi-million dollar signing bonus in the bag. And a chance to come up very early if your development curve is good. If Harper is half the player they say, he will be a free agent with seven figure offers before he is 30. I am a strong believer in college as the great hope for 99% of the American public to advance. But a young athlete who is sufficiently developed and talented can’t afford to waste that time.

    If you are really college material, you can always go back.

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