Robert Anthony Stock...attended the University of Southern California and played both pitcher and catcher, earning Pac-10 Conference honorable mention recognition in 2009...graduated from Agoura High School (CA) where he was named Baseball America Youth Player of the Year (2005)...was the starting pitcher for the West squad in the 2006 Aflac All-American Classic in San Diego...was a member of the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Youth National Team...rated as the top player in the nation by Baseball America in his age group in three consecutive years (age 13, 14 and 15).
Split the year between Daytona (A) and Pensacola (AA), pitching to a combined 9-5 record with a 2.82 ERA (22 ER, 70.1 IP) over 41 games with 61 SO...His nine wins, 2.82 ERA and 41 games were all career highs...Went 5-0 in 11 games at home with a 3.54 ERA (8 ER, 20.1 IP) with 19 SO...Was a member of Pensacola's first championship in franchise history...made one postseason appearance, pitching 1.0 inning allowing two earned runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two...Went 3-for-8 (.375) over 18 games at the plate with a double and two RBI...Following the season, served as the closer for Charos de Jalisco of the Mexican Winter League and converted nine of his 10 save opportunities, pitching to a 4.15 ERA (8 ER, 17.1 IP).
Spent the season with the New Jersey Jackals of the Canadian-American Association, posting a 1-2 record with a 3.64 ERA (19 ER, 47.0 IP) in 52 games with 73 SO against 40 BB.
Split the season between Bradenton (A), GCL Pirates (R), and Altoona (AA), tossing a combined 16.1 innings over 12 games. • Missed some time while on the seven-day DL from 7/17-23.
Split the campaign between Palm Beach (A) and Peoria (A), posting a 2-3 record with a 4.12 ERA (29 ER, 63.1 IP) over 35 games with 43 SO against 21 BB...While with Palm Beach, owned a 1.54 ERA (2 ER, 11.2 IP) in five games at home while limiting opponents to a .214 batting average...he posted a 3.09 ERA (4 ER, 11.2) over six games on the road while holding opponents to a .158 clip.
Split the season between Peoria (A) and Palm Beach (A) where he appeared in a combined 32 games while pitching to a 2-1 record and a 3.52 ERA (15 ER, 38.1 IP).
Spent the entire season with Quad Cities (A) after converting from a catcher to a pitcher, where he recorded posted a 5-2 record with career highs in IP (71.0) and strikeouts (66)...Made his first start on 5/27 at Cedar Rapids, tossing 3.2 IP while allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks...On 6/10, made his second start at Burlington where he worked 3.0 IP and allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking two...Missed time while on the seven-day DL from 8/15-24.
Split the season between Palm Beach (A) and Quad Cities (A) as a catcher, starting in each of the 58 games he played in...Recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage over 42 games with Palm Beach...Threw out 11 of 15 baserunners (73%) while with Quad Cities...Started the season on the seven-day DL from 4/4-5/10.
Played in 85 games at Quad Cities, starting 82 at catcher. ... Had 14 multi-hit games including two three-hit contests, tying his career-high for hits in a game. ... Hit 17 doubles, 3rd most among Cardinals minor league catchers. ... Hit safely in 18-of-20 August games, accounting for his best month batting .264 with a home run and 12 RBI. ... Ranked 7th among Midwest League catchers by throwing out 28.6% of attempted base stealers (40-140). ... Posted a .978 fielding percentage despite leading Midwest League catchers in errors (18). ... Hit two-run home run in the top of the 9th inning during Game 1 of the Midwest League opening round playoffs vs. KaneCounty to ice a 4-0 victory. ... Batted .300 (3-10) in the Midwest League playoffs with a home run and three RBI.
Played in 46 games, starting 35 at catcher, between Johnson City (R) and Quad Cities (A)...Batted .322 in Johnson City with nine doubles, seven home runs and 24 RBI...Ranked tied for third among 2009 Cardinals draft picks with seven home runs...Threw out 28.6 (14-49) percent of would-be base stealers...Totalled an .857 on base + slugging average between Johnson City and Quad Cities...Hit first professional home run at BRS (7/2), a solo shot, in the 4th inning...Put together a 12-game hitting streak from 7/25 to 8/13 (.429, 21-49, 4 HR, 13 RBI), ranking T-5th in the Appalachian League...Had a hot July batting .357 (20-56), also hit .326 with RISP (14-43) and .339 (38-112) vs. RHP...Recorded a season-high three hits twice (7/27 at ELZ & 8/12 vs. BRS) and a season-high four RBI vs. BRS (8/12)...Rated as the 10th-best prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.