photo: Daniel Ponce de Leon (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)
St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Wednesday, September 4) their selections for Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August, with Memphis Redbirds (AAA) outfielder Adolis Garcia and Memphis right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon taking the honors.
García, 26, clubbed seven of his team-leading 32 home runs in August, while batting .342 (25-for-73) with 24 runs scored and 19 RBI in 24 games. The right-handed hitting Garcia finished the 2019 season with a .253 batting mark, ranked 8th in the Pacific Coast League in home runs, 10th in RBI (96) and 8th in runs scored (96).
García, a Cuba native, who was signed by the Cardinals as an international free-agent in February of 2017, led the league in games played with 132. His 32 round-trippers tied Rick Ankiel (2007) for the 4th most in Memphis franchise single-season history.
Ponce de Leon, 27, fashioned a perfect 4-0 mark with a 0.93 ERA across his five starts during the month of August, striking out 39 in his 29.0 innings pitched. Ponce de Leon had a pair of 7.0 inning scoreless starts in August and fanned 11 in a 15-0 win at Sacramento on August 9.
Ponce de Leon made a total of 16 starts for Memphis in 2019, going 8-4 with a 2.88 ERA. A 9th round draft selection by the Cardinals in 2014, Ponce de Leon has also appeared in 11 games (8 starts) for St. Louis this season (1-2, 4.03 ERA).
García and Ponce de Leon helped fuel an impressive turn around by Memphis over their season’s final six weeks, as the Redbirds went 31-12 (.721 win pct.) following a loss on July 17 that had left them with a 38-59 mark. The back-to-back (2017-18) Pacific Coast League Champions went into their final series of the season with a chance to advance to the postseason, before finishing the year at 69-71 and in 2nd place in the PCL American Northern Division.
The pair already received The Cardinal Nation’s top honors for the month, so of course, we agree!
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