St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Chris Corrigan (Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Cardinals)
Minor League Prospect Report: Chris Corrigan, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals farmhand Chris Corrigan threw a perfect game for the Palm Beach Cardinals in the High-A Florida State League last night, allowing no hits, walks, or runs (obviously), while fanning nine against the Charlotte Stonecrabs. Corrigan's masterpiece lowered his ERA to 4.02 on the season, to go with a 4-8 record and a 78/35 K/BB ratio in 85 innings, with 71 hits allowed. He's given up just three homers while posting a 1.28 GO/AO.
Corrigan is considered by scouts to be more of an organization pitcher than a huge prospect but, hey, he threw a perfect game. Let's give him some props and a profile.
Corrigan was a 30th round draft pick in 2009 from the University of Mississippi. He threw just 8.2 innings his junior year, but the Cardinals saw something they liked and drafted him. He's been used primarily as a reliever through his minor league career, but got an opportunity to start for Palm Beach and has performed reasonably well. Overall, he has a 3.89 ERA in 252 minor league innings over four seasons, with a 195/104 K/BB ratio and 250 hits allowed.
Corrigan has an 89-92 MPH fastball. His best pitch is his curveball. His control can be inconsistent, and if he reaches the majors it will be as a back-end bullpen option. Born on Christmas Eve in 1987, he's scrawny at 6-2, 160, and at age 24 he is old for the Florida State League.
Guys like this move on and off minor league rosters all the time and are always a candidate to get released, but the perfect game is a great way for Corrigan to cap off his season. Last impressions count in baseball, and he just made it a lot more likely that he'll have a roster spot somewhere in 2013.