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Baby Fisk
09-16-2005, 09:12 AM
After switching from pitcher to outfielder, Rick Ankiel's 2005 numbers are in. In 85 games with the Cardinals' A and AA teams:

BA .259
HR 21
RBI 75

Not bad for a former pitcher?

SOXintheBURGH
09-16-2005, 11:41 AM
Dude is just a great athlete.. good for him.

munchman33
09-16-2005, 01:49 PM
That's not too shabby. I just don't know if he has enough time to develop his hitting though. I wish him the best.

Deadguy
09-16-2005, 02:05 PM
I remember watching him pitch for the Peoria Chiefs back in the Summer of 1999. There seemed to be a story about him every other day in the Journal Star. Just watching him pitch, you could understand why there was so much buzz about him. There wasn't even that much buzz when Pujols was playing here in 2000.

In some ways, it's intriguing to watch him make the switch from a pitcher to an outfielder. But then you have to keep in mind all the time and money the Cards spent when they drafted him as a pitcher and continued to invest in him after he collapsed against the Mets in the Playoffs. I wish him luck, but it's unlikely that he'll ever be a productive major leaguer as an OFer.

NonetheLoaiza
09-16-2005, 02:38 PM
I was able to see Ankiel play the Cougars on several occasions at Kane County, and you can tell that the guy is an athlete, plain and simple. I think he thinks he is too good for A and even AA ball, but he is a great athlete.

BigHurtRules
09-16-2005, 07:16 PM
After switching from pitcher to outfielder, Rick Ankiel's 2005 numbers are in. In 85 games with the Cardinals' A and AA teams:

BA .259
HR 21
RBI 75

Not bad for a former pitcher?

:LTP

What about for a former QB?

buehrle4cy05
09-16-2005, 08:59 PM
I always personally felt bad for Ankiel, especially in that playoff game where he threw something like five to the backstop. Good to see that he's succeeding at another position.