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Catcher-turned-pitcher Robert Stock talks move to the mound

Sep 6, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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I missed it when it was posted last week, but MiLB.com has an in-depth look at Robert Stock’s first year in the pen in the Cardinals chain. A 2009 second-round pick as a catcher, he made the switch this spring after hitting .241/.320/.347 in 2 1/2 years as a pro.

Stock had a 4.56 ERA in 71 innings as a reliever in the Midwest League this year before getting shut down with a sore shoulder last month. In the Andrew Pentis interview, he talks about his mindset as a former catcher on the mound and grades his pitches. He also says Stock the batter would have won the battle against Stock the pitcher this year:

“This year, the batter would win,” said Stock, who would work himself (against himself) into a hitter’s count and hunt for a fastball. “Hopefully, next year, the pitcher would win.”

  1. salvomania - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Yes, the Jason Motte catcher-to-pitcher path. Hope it works as well for Stock.

    How hard does he throw?

  2. okwhitefalcon - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Maybe they’ll call him up when “dipwad” Jake Wesbrook is finally suspended..

    Oh wait…

  3. paperlions - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Coming out of USC, most scouts liked him better as a pitcher, as his bat hadn’t really progressed in his 3 years there….but Stock wanted to catch, so they let him try that first.

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