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  • #32602

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    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.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/the-cardinal-nations-team-recaps-and-top-players-of-2017/

    #32645

    14NyquisT
    Participant

    I can’t wait for the recaps and the choices to begin. Now that MEM will not proceed into the PCL Championship series unless they can win the next two in Colorado Springs, it will make my daily baseball fix more exciting.

    #32754

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    The rookie-level Dominican Summer League Cardinals for 2017 had a decent offense, but with overall run scoring down and team ERA up, a bottom line of a below-.500 season was not surprising.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-dominican-summer-cardinals-team-review/

    #32822

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    The rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals were unable to repeat as league champions, missing the playoffs entirely. Hitting was improved, but pitching and defense backslid compared to 2016.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-gulf-coast-league-cardinals-team-review/

    #32829

    CariocaCardinal
    Participant

    What happened to Leandro Cedeno who started off hot in the GCL?

    #32837

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    Cedeno suffered a season-ending injury. More about him coming in the GCL Player of the Year article.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by  Brian Walton.
    #32891

    14NyquisT
    Participant

    All of the rain outs in August caused some turmoil with the Cards trying to get a rotation organized. Am I wrong in seeing Brian Pirela as the most consistent starter on the disappointing staff?

    #32905

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    The St. Louis Cardinals short-season Class-A affiliate finished five games over .500, but fell just short of a playoff berth. Key standouts included Joshua Lopez, Evan Mendoza, Scott Hurst, Andrew Summerville, Daniel Castano and Levi MaVorhis.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-state-college-spikes-team-review/

    #32983

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    The Class A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals won the first half of the Florida State League South Division schedule and parlayed that into a hurricane-shortened league co-title.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-palm-beach-cardinals-team-review/

    #33090

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    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.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-peoria-chiefs-team-review/

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by  Brian Walton.
    #33096

    Cards1776
    Participant

    Correction needed in the Peoria review : Knizner was promoted to Springfield… not Palm Beach.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by  Cards1776.
    #33100

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    Can’t believe I missed that in editing. Thanks for the heads up.

    #33122

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    The Double-A Cardinals fell just short of a third straight Texas League playoff berth, but played well and contributed several major leaguers, including Jack Flaherty and Magneuris Sierra, with many more on the way.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-springfield-cardinals-team-review/

    #33141

    14NyquisT
    Participant

    Actually Knizner was sent to SPRF on June 14th as a replacement for Lino who was DLed the same day. After JCruz was released in April, Jenner was sent there as the backup.
    SPRF was looking foe an everyday C. JeMartinez was at PB and was struggling. Knizner, who played at Johnson City last season, was hitting pretty well for Peoria 179AB- .279BA- .325 OBP. He really stepped it up and made the best of his opportunity at…………. SPFD 182AB- .324BA- .371 OBP.

    A prospect who can go from a R league level to a starting position at AA and improve on his numbers all in one year is one you certainly keep your eye on. We’ll see where he slots in our prospect list. BW had him at #19 on his Aug. list.

    ps JeMartinez was sent up to MEM for their post-season run and has been hitting rather well enough. The C position is getting crowded with some damn fine prospects.

    #33145

    Cards1776
    Participant

    Knizner also had hitting streaks going at both Peoria and Springfield; however, I don’t remember specifics. At Springfield he he had a slow start in June, but he caught fire and was batting at something like .425 with 20+ multiple hit games for the month of July. Martinez was promoted to Springfield just before the Springfield season’s end. He played one game there before he was sent to Memphis because Jenner unexpectedly went on the DL ; the Springfield team was in the midst the battle for a playoff spot, and with Knizner being so reliable, he was most likely kept at Springfield as the best option to assist in the playoff battle. Surprised that Martinez was the choice to fill in for Jenner at Memphis, but can see why Knizner was kept in place at double A. When comparing the stats of the two, Knizner definitely had a better season. Glad to see Martinez is stepping up and showing some progress after a fairly stagnant Palm Beach run.
    PS… Knizner’s offensive stats were on par with other players with longer time at the double A level. Splitting seasons between Peoria and Springfield kept him out of the running for any league recognition.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by  Cards1776.
    #33612

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    Since individual award writeups are for members, I am not posting each link here. However, we are having daily announcements, currently in the Reliever of the Year category. As a reminder, here is the page where everyone can follow the winners as they are announced.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/the-cardinal-nations-team-recaps-and-top-players-of-2017/

    #33758

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    Now, we can look back on a tremendous season from the Memphis Redbirds.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-memphis-redbirds-team-review/

    #34209

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    The rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals were unable to repeat as Appalachian League champions, barely missing the playoffs despite finishing one game under .500.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-johnson-city-cardinals-team-review/

    #36484

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    Now that all the minor league awards have been announced, we have progressed to the St. Louis awards, which are FREE for all to read.

    Shortstop Paul DeJong is our choice as the top first-year player on the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017, with Luke Weaver and Jose Martinez also key contributors.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/tcn-2017-st-louis-cardinals-rookie-of-the-year/

    #36542

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    A deep dive into the numbers confirm that right-hander Trevor Rosenthal was the most effective member of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen in 2017.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/tcn-2017-st-louis-cardinals-relief-pitcher-of-the-year/

    #36585

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    Carlos Martinez was the most effective member of the St. Louis Cardinals 2017 starting rotation – but it was closer than you probably thought.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/tcn-2017-st-louis-cardinals-starting-pitcher-of-the-year/

    #36639

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    Tommy Pham was the most productive player on the entire St. Louis Cardinals team in 2017 – by a considerable margin. While that is great for him, it says less about many of his teammates.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/tcn-2017-st-louis-cardinals-player-of-the-year/

    #36768

    Brian Walton
    Keymaster

    TCN’s annual series of 46 articles concludes with my very long (5,500 words!) and detailed review of the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals season.

    http://thecardinalnation.com/2017-st-louis-cardinals-regular-season-review/

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