Cardinals Release 2003 2nd Rounder Pomeranz

The St. Louis Cardinals have released their second round pick from the 2003 draft, right-handed starting pitcher Stuart Pomeranz, from extended spring training.

Stuart Pomeranz, 23, was a second round (65th overall) pick by the Cardinals in the 2003 amateur draft out of Houston High School (TX). The big 6-foot-7 right-hander was set to begin his sixth season in the Cardinals organization after first signing in July, 2003.

He began his professional career with Rookie Level Johnson City in 2003, and slowly rose up through the ranks before being sidelined multiple times the past couple years with shoulder injuries. He did, however, post a 12-win season for Single-A Peoria in 2004.

In 2006, Pomeranz was named the #4 prospect in the Cardinals farm system by The Birdhouse writers, then slid a couple spots in 2007 to #7. Pomeranz was also chosen as the Cardinals Pitcher of the Month for May 2006. He added appearances the past two seasons in the Arizona Fall League to his resume, where he worked on his arm strength after shoulder and oblique injuries.

Last season, Pomeranz split time between the GCL Cardinals and Palm Beach squads on separate rehab assignments, posting a 1-2 record with a 6.28 ERA allowing 16 hits, 12 runs (10 earned), five home runs, three walks, and striking out nine over 14.1 innings in six starts.

Months after AFL play, he was called up to the 2008 St. Louis Cardinals spring camp for a couple weeks before being reassigned on March 4th. In July 2007, Pomeranz underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery and the team's patience had apparently since run out waiting for him to heal.

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