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Prospecting on the St. Louis Cardinals Farm: CJ McElroy

2012 Cardinals Prospect Profile:  C.J. McElroy

Rank:   DOB: 05/29/1993

Bats: R       Throws: R      Height: 5′ 10″    Weight: 180

Drafted: 2011, 3rd (109)

McElroy is considered the 20th best prospect in the Cardinals organization in 2012. His speed is fantastic as he is considered the fastest player in the Cardinals organization and one of the fastest in the minor leagues. He is the son of former major league reliever Chuck McElroy.

In his senior season at Clear Creek HS in Texas, C.J. McElroy hit .488 with five homers, 20 RBIs, 46 runs and a school record 33 steals. He was offered a football and baseball scholarship at the University of Houston.

Base stealing will be something that will get easier for him as he learns the technique in the minor leagues. With his speed, he can cover a lot of ground in center field. He doesn’t possess much power but can turn a hit into extra bases. Once he reaches the Major Leagues, he could be an exciting player to watch. The Cardinals project him to the big club in 2016.

It is likely CJ will start the season at Class A Peoria Chiefs.

STLThe son of former big league reliever Chuck McElroy, C.J. is an outfielder who is the fastest player in the Cardinals system and likely one of the fastest in all of Minor League Baseball. A multi-sport standout in high school, he’s focusing on baseball for the first time, though growing up around the game certainly helps in that regard. He’s a definite basestealing threat and should only get better as he learns the nuances of that skill, and his speed allows him to cover plenty of ground in center field. McElroy’s not going to hit many balls out, but he’s also not one of those speed guys who can’t hit. He’s yet to reach full season ball, so he has a ways to go, but he could be an exciting top-of-the-order catalyst in center field once he reaches the big leagues