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Rick Ankiel # - OF/P

  • Age: 35
  • DOB: 1979/07/19
  • POB: Fort Pierce, FL
  • Height: 6-1 Weight: 210lbs
  • Bats/Throws: L/L
  • MLB Seasons: 11
  • Drafted by St. Louis in 1997 (2nd round).

Scouting Report

AssetsHad impressive home-run power as a hitter. Could cover a lot of ground as an outfielder and had a rocket for an arm. Made a successful conversion from pitcher to everyday player. As a pitcher, he had electric stuff.
FlawsHad problems with the mental aspects of pitching, which forced him to convert to the outfield. Lacked consistency, as a hitter, fielder and even as a pitcher. Struck out way too much as a big-league batter.
Career potentialFreakishly talented two-way performer with consistency issues and fragility.

Honours and Awards

2007Pacific Coast League (AAA) - All-Star Team
2001Appalachian League (R) - Most Valuable Player
2001Appalachian League (R) - All-Star Team
2001Appalachian League (R) - All-Star Team
2001Rookie League - Player of the Year (Baseball America)
2001Rookie Level - All-Star Team (Baseball America)
1999Minor League Baseball - Player of the Year (Baseball America)
1999Texas League (AA) - All-Star Team
1999Double-A - All-Star Team (Baseball America)
1998Class A - All-Star Team (Baseball America)
1998Carolina League (A) - All-Star Team

Transactions / Injuries / Suspensions

2014/03/05Announced his retirement.
2013/11/05Opted for minor league free agency.
2013/06/11Refused minor league assignment from the New York Mets and opted for free agency.
2013/06/08Designated for assignment by the New York Mets.
2013/05/13Signed as a free agent by the New York Mets to a one-year contract.
2013/05/09Released by the Houston Astros.
2013/05/06Designated for assignment by the Houston Astros.
2013/03/31Contract purchased from Oklahoma City (AAA).
2013/01/17Signed by the Houston Astros to a minor league contract.
2012/07/27Released by the Washington Nationals.
2012/07/19Designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals.
2012/04/13Missed 8 games (quadriceps).
2012/04/03Quadriceps, 15-day DL (retroactive to March 28th, 2012).
2012/03/30Contract purchased from Syracuse (AAA).
2012/02/05Re-signed by the Washington Nationals to a minor league contract.
2011/10/30Filed for free agency.
2011/07/01Missed 14 games (left intercostal).
2011/06/19Left intercostal, 15-day DL (retroactive to June 15th, 2011).
2011/06/15Rib injury, day-to-day.
2011/05/24Missed 19 games (right hand injury).
2011/05/06Right hand injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 3rd, 2011).
2011/05/03Right hand injury, day-to-day.
2010/12/21Signed as a free agent by the Washington Nationals to a one-year contract.
2010/11/02Atlanta Braves declined their contract option for next season.
2010/07/31Acquired from the Kansas City Royals.
2010/07/22Missed 69 games (quadriceps injury).
2010/05/04Quadriceps injury, early September.
2010/05/01Missed 2 games (right quadricep).
2010/04/29Right quadricep, day-to-day.
2010/01/25Signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.
2009/11/05Filed for free agency.
2009/07/29Missed 1 game (strained groin).
2009/07/28Strained groin, day-to-day.
2009/05/29Missed 1 game (right shoulder injury).
2009/05/27Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.
2009/05/24Missed 17 games (shoulder injury).
2009/05/07Shoulder injury, early September.
2009/05/05Neck injury, day-to-day.
2009/02/12Re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to a one-year contract.
2008/09/29Missed the last 18 regular season games (abdominal injury).
2008/09/12Abdominal injury, day-to-day.
2008/09/02Missed 1 game (abdominal injury).
2008/09/01Abdominal injury, day-to-day.
2008/08/30Missed 1 game (abdominal injury).
2008/08/29Abdominal injury, day-to-day.
2008/08/11Missed 1 game (lower abdominal strain).
2008/08/10Lower abdominal strain, day-to-day (retroactive to August 10th, 2008).
2008/08/02Missed 3 games (abdominal injury).
2008/07/30Abdominal injury, day-to-day.
2008/07/29Missed 2 games (abdominal strain).
2008/07/27Abdominal strain, day-to-day.
2008/06/09Missed 3 games (right knee injury).
2008/06/06Right knee injury, day-to-day.
2008/05/21Missed 4 games (right shoulder injury).
2008/05/18Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.
2008/01/18Re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to a one-year contract.
2007/08/09Contract purchased from Memphis (AAA).
2007/01/10Re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to a minor league contract.
2006/12/12St. Louis Cardinals declined to tender a contract.
2006/10/03Did not make the St. Louis Cardinals playoff roster.
2006/07/07Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (knee injury).
2006/04/01Knee injury, 15-day DL.
2006/02/23Re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to a one-year contract.
2005/10/14Contract purchased from Springfield (AA).
2005/04/06Re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to a minor league contract.
2005/04/04Released by the St. Louis Cardinals.
2005/01/18Re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to a one-year contract.
2004/10/05Did not make the St. Louis Cardinals playoff roster.
2004/09/01Missed 131 games (left elbow injury).
2004/04/05Left elbow injury, 15-day DL.
2003/03/28Optioned to Tennessee (AA).
2003/02/06Re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to a one-year contract.
2002/10/14Missed all 162 regular season games (elbow injury).
2002/05/02Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
2002/03/25Elbow injury, 15-day DL.
2001/05/11Optioned to Memphis (AAA).


2013/05/13Signed as a free agent by the New York Mets.
2013/01/17Signed by the Houston Astros to a minor league contract.
2010/12/21Signed as a free agent by the Washington Nationals.
2010/07/31Kansas City Royals traded Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth to the Atlanta Braves for Gregor Blanco, Jesse Chavez and Tim Collins.
2010/01/25Signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals.
1997/06/03Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd round in 1997.

Career Stats

2013NY MetsNL20667124127525010.182.239.364.603
2013Total Hou/NYNMLB45128132471718860012.188.235.422.657
2011GCL NationalsR120100001000-.500.667.5001.167
2010Kansas CityAL279214247041572910-.261.317.467.784
2010Total KC/AtlMLB742113149131624267131-.232.321.389.710
2009St. LouisNL122372508621211382699435.231.285.387.672
2008St. LouisNL1204136510921225714210021-.264.337.506.843
2007St. LouisNL4717231498111391341102.285.328.535.863
2005Quad CityA51185335010111452737003.270.368.514.882
2004St. LouisNL510000001100-.000.500.000.500
2001St. LouisNL681000001500-.
2001Johnson CityR4110521307010351126002.286.364.6381.002
2000St. LouisNL3368817112942000-.250.292.382.674
1999St. LouisNL9100100000300-.


GP - games played
AB - at bats
R - runs
H - hits
TB - total bases
2B - doubles
3B - triples
HR - home runs
RBI - runs batted in
BB - walks or base on balls
SO - strikeouts
SB - stolen bases
CS - caught stealing
E - errors
AVG - average
OBP - on-base percentage
SLG - slugging perentage

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