John Nogowski

24 year old 1Bman John Nogowski is currently the best hitting prospect in the independent-A American Association.  He’s currently leading qualifiers with a .424 batting average and .500 on-base percentage in 24 games played.  One would expect an MLB organization to sign him soon.

Nogowski was a 34th round draft pick by the A’s out of Florida State, a major program, three years ago.  The A’s certainly treated him as place holder until they found somebody they liked better.

Nogowski actually hit fairly well the last two seasons in the A+ California League at ages 22 and 23.  In a combined 727 plate appearances, he batted .279, had an OBP above .350 and hit a total of 35 doubles and 11 HRs.  He didn’t hit in a seven game trial at AA Midland, TX and was released.

Nogowski probably deserved one more year in the mlb system, and his over .400 batting average in the second best Indy-A league should get him noticed again.  His lack of home run power is a problem for any 1Bman, but he’s not a small guy and could potentially still add power as his professional career advances.

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5 Comments on “John Nogowski”

  1. John Nogowski Says:

    Good goddamn call, Burly

  2. Burly Says:

    Nogowski was just signed by the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned to their AA club in the Texas League, the Springfield (MO) Cardinals. Hopefully, his hot start holds up against better competition.

  3. Burly Says:

    After 30 games with the AA Springfield Cardinals, Nogowski is batting .324 with an .835 OPS. He hasn’t hit with much power, which is a problem for a 1Bman, but he gets on base, and it looks like he fields the position well.

  4. Burly Says:

    John Nogowski finished the 2017 season with the Springfield Cardinals, slashing .295/.378/.382 in 238 plate appearances. He’s probably done enough to remain in the Cardinals’ system going into the 2018 season, but his lack of power remains a concern for a 1Bman, no matter how slick his glove work.


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