Eight members of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system have been named All-Stars, three from…
School: University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Selected 2010 stats
Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)
Dustin Mattison (27): The Cardinals nabbed the backstop in the fourth round of last June's draft for his offensive upside. In his professional debut, the 21-year-old demonstrated to the organization that he was worthy of the pick. Stanley ranked as one of the best offensive performers in the Appalachian League while proving better than advertised behind the dish.
Stanley shows good polish at the plate and commands the strike zone. His strikeout rate of 14% was one of the best marks on the Appy circuit. Stanley has considerable athleticism for a catcher and I think that he has the potential to be a solid 15-home run guy.
Through working with Mike Matheny, Stanley's defense improved substantially during the summer, another testament to his athletic ability.
Stanley's season at Johnson City reminded me of Robert Stock's debut in 2009. Unlike Stock, the UNC-Wilmington product's advanced approach and sweet swing should allow him success at the upper levels of the minors.
Message board community (28): Cody Stanley debuted on the community's list at 28th. He was Baseball America's 14th prospect in the Appy League, and the Cards thought well enough of him to take him with their 4th round pick this year.
Putting up .380 OBP and .498 SLG as a lefty hitting catcher is encouraging. (That said, Robert Stock managed an OPS of .936 at Johnson City last year, so a certain amount of "wait and see" seems to be in order.) Stanley threw out 57% of those who tried to steal against him (13 of 23).
The Cards' system now seems to have a bunch of catchers, and so it's going to be crowded for them next year. It will be interesting to see where Stanley lands in the spring. He's turning 22 this week (happy birthday, Cody!), and so it would be good to see him move quickly. - Gagliano
Brian Walton (29): In addition to the solid offensive results highlighted above, several stats from Stanley's sheet caught my eye. Remember this is a catcher we are talking about. He led Johnson City with eight stolen bases and legged out five triples!
Consistency is the name of the game for the Appalachian League All-Star. Most importantly, Stanley hit left-handed pitching (.324) just as well as he hit righties (.319). His average with the bases empty was .304; it jumped to .333 with runners on base and was .321 with runners in scoring position. I also like his 30-to-21 strikeout to walk ratio.
Stanley's acumen behind the plate can't be determined from stat sheets, but our Johnson City writer, Shawn Kerrick, saw the catcher play all summer long. He had the following to say about Stanley's defense.
"He doesn't have a particularly strong arm but his release is relatively quick and his throws are pretty accurate." Kerrick noted Stanley's 57 percent success rate throwing out opposing runners, while obviously excellent, was aided by a number of left-handed pitchers on the Johnson City staff.
If Stock is deemed ready for Palm Beach, Stanley would seem the favorite to slide into the Quad Cities starting job behind the plate in 2011.
Our 2011 top 40 countdown continues: To see our entire list of 40 Cardinals prospects, click here. You can also read each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections.
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