For the 12th consecutive year, The Cardinal Nation rolls out its choices for the top players at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system from the summer, following season recaps by affiliate. The series runs each day from September 11 through the month of October. Will Luke Weaver repeat as Starting Pitcher of the Year?
The Cardinal Nation’s top position player on the 2017 Peoria Chiefs was a very clear choice, with first baseman Stefan Trosclair earning the honors for the Cardinals’ Class-A Midwest League squad.
The choice of The Cardinal Nation’s top starting pitcher on the Peoria Chiefs came down to control artist Mike O’Reilly besting hard-throwing, top prospect Jordan Hicks.
The Cardinal Nation’s top reliever on the Peoria Chiefs, Yeison Medina, took over the closer’s role in the second half for the Midwest League team club and continued to perform well.
The Peoria Chiefs earned a Class-A Midwest League playoff berth for the third consecutive season, but again dropped their first round matchup. Leadership from Stefan Trosclair and Brian O’Keefe was crucial in their second-half surge.
The Peoria Chiefs' 2017 season came to an end last Friday when they were knocked out in the first round of the MWL playoffs by the Quad Cities River Bandits. Peoria took the opening game of the best-of-three series with a walk off win, however, the Chiefs inexperienced pitchers struggled in Iowa. Catcher Brian O’Keefe had a .500 OBP in the series.
The Peoria Chiefs finished the regular season with a 5-1 week, and punched their ticket to the playoffs as they claimed the MWL Western Division wild card spot. Recent arrival Evan Mendoza batted .407. Peoria will take on the second half champions Quad Cities River Bandits in a three-game series.
The Peoria Chiefs displayed dominant starting pitching, headlined by Anthony Shew, as they logged two shutouts this week and finished 4-3. While the hurlers were blanking the opposition, Peoria’s offense continued to roll as well. With just six games left in the season, the club’s magic number to capture the Western Division wild-card spot is three.
The Peoria Chiefs (30-27) had a losing 3-4 week, yet still maintain a 2.5 game lead for the Wild Card. Starting pitcher Austin Warner put together his third straight gem, and Leland Tilley has been dominant out of the bullpen. Offensively, Dylan Carlson’s patience allowed him to have a great week at the plate.
After last week’s offensive explosion, the Peoria Chiefs (27-23) took a step backward, posting a 1-4 record. The inability to capitalize with runners in scoring position is what hurt Peoria, stranding 30 runners. The Chiefs need to find their old form in a hurry as they’re currently in the middle of a crucial four game series against first place Quad Cities. Austin Warner has been a great addition to the rotation.
The Peoria Chiefs (25-19) finished 4-3 this week as the offense shouldered most of the load. Peoria broke multiple Midwest League records in their offensive explosion and Stephen Trosclair became just the third Chiefs player to hit for the cycle. Currently atop the Western Division Wild Card standings, the Chiefs are also just four games back of first place.
The Peoria Chiefs (21-16) finished 3-3 for the second straight week as their offense fell flat - even with the addition of Stephen Piscotty on a rehab stint. After early growing pains, outfielders Nick Plummer and Dylan Carlson are starting to take charge.
Coming out on the wrong end of two extra-inning battles spoiled an otherwise successful week for Peoria (18-13). The Chiefs finished their six game road trip 3-3 and remain two games out of first. With the pitching staff plagued by injury, the club has to rely on its offense. Outfielder Nick Plummer is hot for the second consecutive week.
The Peoria Chiefs finished 4-2 this week, picking up series victories over two Eastern Division foes. A solid balance between pitching and offense has the team currently just two games back of first. 2017 draftee Kramer Robertson continues to hit.
St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitcher Anthony Shew talks about his background and his 2017 success, which includes a recent promotion from State College to Peoria.
The Peoria Chiefs had their ups and downs this week. They swept Beloit at home in a three-game set before dropping three of four over the weekend at Cedar Rapids. Starting pitcher Mike O'Reilly continues to be nearly unhittable.
With the roster continuing to fluctuate, Peoria (7-5) still continued their solid start to the second-half, posting a 3-4 record against Beloit and Kane County. Just one game back of the division lead, the young core demonstrates talent, but is searching for consistency. Eric Carter is shining out of the bullpen.
After the Midwest League All-Star Game, in which Peoria had four representatives, the Chiefs picked up right where they left off, earning a four game sweep over Burlington. Thanks to the 4-0 start to the second half, their best start in 21 years, the Chiefs (4-1) sit atop the Western Division standings.
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