USC: Robert Stock

Where are they now: Robert Stock

May, 31, 2011
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Catcher Robert Stock, drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft by the St. Lois Cardinals out of USC, went 2-for-3 with a double last week in a start at Busch Stadium.

No, he hasn't been promoted that quickly -- Stock's Low-A Quad Cities River Bandits were simply getting a special treat in playing in front of 1,600 fans last Thursday at Busch Stadium, the normal home of the Cardinals. Stock did excel in the game, for what it's worth, both at the plate and behind it, catching Cardinals phenom right-hander Carlos Martinez for five strong innings.

But it's been a rough road for Stock up until this point. The 21-year-old Agoura Hills native passed up a surefire first-round selection in the 2007 MLB draft to enroll a year early at USC and set himself up for draft eligibility as a 19-year-old in 2009. That all went according to plan, but Stock's numbers never reached the levels expected of him as a Trojan.

The Cardinals took a chance on him anyway, and Stock showed flashes right after signing in the summer of 2009. But, in the year and a half since, his batting statistics have regressed back to those of his college days.

Could last weekend at Busch springboard Stock into the type of year many still believe him capable of? In a weekly USC Report feature, we take a look at Stock's collegiate career, his pro resume thus far and what's still to come from the young catcher:

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