Position | Pitcher
Bats/Throws | Right/Right
Born | April 13, 1985 (West Chester, Pennsylvania)
School | Kutztown University
Height | 6'5''
Weight | 220 lbs.
2009 Ranking | 19
Mike McCardell was drafted by the Twins in the 6th round in 2007. He attended Division II Kutztown University where he holds the school record in saves with 21. The Twins drafted him as a starter and he's handled the full transition just fine. The summer he was drafted, McCardell split time between the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League. Between the two teams, McCardell was 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 12 appearances (10 starts).
In 2008, McCardell continued his success with low Single-A Beloit. The 23-year-old went 9-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 22 games (21 starts). In 135 1/3 innings, McCardell made 139 batters strikeout while only surrendering 25 walks (one of which was intentional). He was slowed up by an elbow injury, which is why he didn't face any Florida State League batters that season. He was finally promoted to Advanced-A Ft. Myers in 2009 where he made 17 starts with the Miracle. The 24-year-old was later promoted to Double-A New Britain where he made another nine starts. Between the two stops, McCardell was 14-8 with a 3.96 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 142 1/3 innings.
After the 2009 season, McCardell made three starts in the Arizona Fall League. He gave up five runs in his last outing, which bloated his ERA to 7.27. McCardell has great control and shouldn't take too much more time before being promoted to Triple-A Rochester.
Level W L ERA IP K BB WHIP FIPA- 9 6 3.93 94.0 78 16 1.21 3.79
AA 5 2 4.10 48.1 40 16 1.26 3.80
McCardell will start the season in Double-A New Britian but should push for a promotion at some point during the season.
- Fastball (2 & 4-seam) (88-92)
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