January 30, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #19 Mike McCardell

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #19 | Mike McCardell

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

Born | April 13, 1985 (West Chester, Pennsylvania)

| Kutztown University

| 6'5''

| 220 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 29

Mike McCardell was drafted by the Twins in the 6th round of the 2007 draft. He spent all of the 2008 season in the Midwest League with the Beloit Snappers, dominating his opponents from start to finish. He was drafted after spending 4-years at Kutztown University, but the Twins still did not promote him last season despite the added experience. His scouting report on The Baseball Cube gives him these ratings:

Those numbers are great, and quite accurate. He showcased his great control by issuing just 25 walks in 135.1 innings last season. That's 1.7 walks per 9 innings. He struck out 139 batters as well, which is 9.2 strikeouts per 9 innings (actually down from 2007). He is a great pitcher who has flown under many people's radar his entire career. I like his chances of helping the Twins at some point in the next few years. He should be able to advance quickly through the system, but with the organization currently treating college pitchers like they do high school pitchers (promoting them slowly), it may be difficult. I think he has the potential to be a very capable middle-of-the-order starter in the majors.

2008 Statistics
Level      W     L     ERA     IP     K     BB     WHIP     FIP
A-         9     4    2.86  135.1   139     25     1.00    2.88

2009 Outlook

McCardell will probably be at the top of the Ft. Myers Miracle rotation this coming season. If the Twins come to their senses with some of their college pitchers, he could be in New Britain at some point this season.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball (2 & 4-seam)
  • Curveball
  • Change-up
Mike did an interview for the site back in June 2008. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check it out!


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