Chiefs Chatter #3 – Meet LHP Rob Kaminsky

As February (and then Spring Training) approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with spring training on the way it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria.

To start with we are going to look at the three players who are ranked among the Cardinals top 10 prospects on various lists. Today’s blog is Rob Kaminsky and if you missed the earlier entries meet Alex Reyes and catch up with Carson Kelly.

Rob Kaminsky, Left Handed Pitcher
Ht:
5’11. Wt: 190. DOB: 9/02/94
Twitter: @Kaminsky21 Instagram: Kaminsky21
Hometown: Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Acquired: Drafted in 1st Round (28th overall) in 2013 out of St. Joseph Regional High School
Throws: Fastball (92-95), Curveball, Changeup

Preseason/Offseason:

  • Attended the Cardinals Instructional League in Jupiter, FL in September & October
  • Reporting to Spring Training early as part of Cardinals Minor League STEP camp
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the Cardinals #9 prospect
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the #8 prospect in the Gulf Coast League
  • Ranked by TheCardinalNation.com as the Cardinals #5 prospect
  • Ranked #100 in all of Minor League Baseball by Keith Law on the ESPN.com Prospect List.

2013:

  • Made five starts and eight appearances for the Rookie Level GCL Cardinals going 0-3 with a 3.68 ERA
  • Struck out 28 batters and walked nine in 22 innings of work
  • Made his pro debut with a start on July 4 against the Nationals with one shutout inning and three strikeouts
  • Did not allow a run over first four outings and didn’t allow an earned run in first five outings
  • Struck out four over two innings on July 23 against the Mets with just one hit allowed
  • Threw four innings in a start on August 5 against the Nationals allowing three unearned runs with four strikeouts
  • Allowed first earned run on August 12 over three innings while suffering the loss
  • Threw four innings of relief on August 17 and struck out five but allowed three runs, including his first home run allowed at any level since 2011
  • Threw four innings in his final start on August 22 allowing career-highs in runs (6), hits (7) and earned runs (5) while also striking out a career high (7)
  • Went 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four July outings
  • Held lefties to a .190 average and zero RBI in 21 at-bats
  • Only allowed one hit in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position and two outs
  • Struck out at least four batters in four of his six outings that were longer than one inning.

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High School:

  • At St. Joseph’s Regional as a senior he posted a 9-0 record with 128 strikeouts and five walks in 64 innings while allowing just one earned run
  • As an outfielder he hit .506 with three home runs and 19 RBI
  • Led St. Joseph’s to a 29-2 record and to the finals of the New Jersey, Non-public State tournament, fanning 11 batters in a three-hit shutout over St. Peter’s Prep in the semi-finals
  • Was a Rawlings first team All-American Northeast and earned the Gatorade New Jersey High School Player of the Year for the second straight season
  • Ranked as the No. 21 prospect in the 2013 draft by Baseball America
  • In 2012 as a junior he went 8-2  with a 0.20 ERA, allowing 12 hits while striking out 103 in only 52 innings pitched
  • Garnered the title of New Jersey State Player of the Year for his performance
  • In summer of 2012 he fanned eight batters over four frames against Team USA at the annual Tournament of Stars
  • Pitched two perfect innings in the Perfect Game National Showcase (held at the Metrodome) while striking out seven
  • Has has his own charitable foundation for children stricken with cancer, raising more than $30,000 for the Pediatric Cancer ward at Englewood Hospital by getting his strikeouts sponsored
  • Volunteered as an EMT and at a food pantry in high school
  • Former MLB catcher John Flaherty played at St. Joseph as did NFL players Devin and Jason McCourty
  • Grew up a New York Yankees fan
  • Had signed to pitch at North Carolina before being drafted
  • Was the first 1st round pick out of high school in New Jersey since Mike Trout

Professional Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 4.0, last August 22 at Nationals
Strikeouts: 7, August 22 at Nationals
Low Hit Start: 1, in 3 innings, July 30 at Mets
Walks: 2, last August 22 at Nationals
Hits: 7, August 22 at Nationals
Runs: 6, August 22 at Nationals
Earned Runs: 5, August 22 at Nationals
Current Streak: Lost 3

Read more about Rob Kaminsky:

Perfect Game Baseball has some video of Rob from High School:

And Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold posted an interview last summer when Rob signed at Busch Stadium

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