photo: Patrick Wisdom (Memphis Redbirds)
Three St. Louis Cardinals minor league players received recognition from their respective leagues on Monday.
Memphis Redbirds release
Wisdom Joins All-PCL Team
Memphis Redbirds third baseman Patrick Wisdom has been named to the All-Pacific Coast League Team as voted by league managers and media representatives, the league office announced Monday.
Wisdom has set a new career high with 29 home runs this season to go along with 84 RBI, also a career-best mark. Those totals lead all St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, and the 29 homers are tied for fourth-most in the PCL this season with the 84 RBI sixth-most in the league. On the season, the Murrieta, Calif., native has 30 multi-hit games and 27 multi-RBI games.
With one more home run, Wisdom will become the seventh Redbird to hit 30 in a season and first since Josh Phelps in 2008. His 2017 season comes after missing 53 games last year due to injury.
Wisdom is the first Redbird to be named to the All-PCL Team since Brock Peterson in 2013.
State College Spikes release (my title)
SummerSlams the NYPL
State College Spikes pitcher Andrew Summerville has been named the New York-Penn League’s Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 21-27, 2017.
Summerville won the award after striking out a career-high seven batters and allowing just one hit and two walks to Williamsport over seven shutout innings on Friday. The NYPL All-Star allowed the hit and both walks in the first inning, and notched his fourth victory of the year.
The Cardinals’ 2017 12th-round draft choice out of Stanford, Summerville is now 4-0 on the season with a 1.63 ERA and one save over 11 appearances, eight of them starts. The Seattle native has logged three consecutive quality starts of six innings or more allowing three earned runs or less, and has whiffed 43 batters while walking 19 over 49 2/3 innings.
Johnson City Cardinals release
Prendergast from Indy ball to tops in Appy League
Johnson City Cardinals RHP Zach Prendergast has been named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the time period between August 21-27. This is the 22-year-old’s first award of his professional career.
In his lone start during the week – on Thursday night vs. Greeneville – Prendergast was masterful, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits. The right-hander went on to strike out a career-high 12 without walking a batter in a no-decision. Johnson City went on to win the game on a walk-off home run by SS Imeldo Diaz in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3.
During the week, Prendergast was tied for the league’s lowest ERA (0.00), as well as the third-best WHIP (0.57) and fifth-most strikeouts (12). The Horsham, Pa. native also posted the seventh-best batting average against among pitchers (.167) in the start.
In five starts with the Redbirds this season, Prendergast has mustered a 3-0 record with a 2.77 ERA (8 ER in 26.0 IP). The Seton Hall product has walked just five batters and struck out 35 in that time (12.12 SO/9). Since his first start with Johnson City on July 29 at Danville, Prendergast is second in the Appy League in strikeouts (35), tied for second in wins (3), sixth in WHIP (1.08), tied for seventh in batting average against (.237) and ninth in ERA (2.77). The right-hander had his contract purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association on July 25.
Update: Chiefs shut out
The Peoria Chiefs had no players named to the Midwest League post-season All-Star Team for 2017. Kane County (Arizona) led the way with three selections.
This is the first time no Peoria players were on the 14-man squad since 2014.