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Former MLB Pitcher and Outfielder
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Cardinals outfield slugger, Rick Ankiel was born July 19, 1979, in Fort Pierce, Florida. Ankiel began his career in the majors as a starting pitcher, posting a solid rookie season in 2000 with 11 wins and 7 losses, but during the playoffs that year, he suddenly found himself unable to consistently throw strikes. After a few years of struggling with injuries and command, he abandoned pitching in 2005 and began to work his way back up to the major leagues as an outfielder, finally succeeding in August 2007. He is the only active major leaguer to have played as a full-time major-league pitcher and position player, and one of only a handful in history.

Ankiel attended Port St. Lucie High School in Florida, where he went 11-1 with a 0.47 ERA during his senior season, striking out 162 batters in 74.0 innings pitched, and was named the High School Player of the Year by USA Today in 1997. He was also named 1st High School All-American pitcher. Ankiel signed with the Cardinals straight out of high school, and was given a $2.5 million signing bonus, the fifth-highest ever given to an amateur player. In 1998, he was Carolina League All-Star starting pitcher, Baseball America's first team Minor League All-Star starting pitcher, voted the best pitching prospect in both the Carolina and Midwest leagues, and was Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year.

In 1999, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year by both USA Today and Baseball America. He was also Texas League All-Star pitcher, Double-A All-Star starting pitcher, Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year, and Baseball America 1st team Minor League All-Star starting pitcher. He was considered one of the finest pitching prospects in several years.

Since being converted from pitcher to outfielder, Ankiel has been one of the Cardinals true home run power threats.

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