photo: Leandro Cedeno (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Appalachian League press release
Minor League Baseball today (Thursday, September 6) announced Johnson City Cardinal Leandro Cedeno as the August 2018 Appalachian League Player of the Month. The Redbirds’ rookie posted a .337 batting average for the month, playing in 30 games.
Listed as an outfielder, Cedeno split time between left field, right field, first base, and designated hitter throughout August. Cedeno posted a .337/.432/.644 slash line, leading the Appalachian League in home runs (seven), RBI (27), extra-base hits (17), total bases (67), doubles (nine), and slugging percentage (.644). He strung together a 13-game hit streak from August 17 to 27, during which he batted .417 with RBI in 10 games.
The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cedeno to a minor league contract on August 29, 2014. The 20 year old from Guatire, Venezuela spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the DSL Cardinals before playing nine games in the GCL in 2017. He spent the entire 2018 campaign with Johnson City, batting .336 on the season with 14 home runs, the second-best mark in the Appalachian League.
Minor league baseball release
Gulf Coast Cardinals outfielder Jhon Torres has been named the Gulf Coast League Player of the Month for August.
Torres led the GCL in total bases (43), slugging percentage (.683) and OPS (1.176) and was second in the league in hits (25), extra-base hits (10) and on-base percentage (.493). He finished third in average (.397) and fourth in doubles (six), home runs (four) and RBI (14).
Torres, 18, was originally signed by Cleveland out of Sincelejo, Colombia, on July 24, 2016.
Brian Walton’s take
It is rare to see multiple Cardinals minor league hitters recognized like this, but it is another indication of the organization’s increased investment in developing more offense. Both of the August honorees are on the fringe of The Cardinal Nation’s top 50 prospect list, but given their relative youth, they can surely move up in the future.
Cedeno was the constant for the Appy Birds offense all season long, and did his best to carry the load after fellow sluggers Nolan Gorman (Peoria) and Kevin Woodall (State College) were promoted in-season. However, with a weak pitching staff, Johnson City went 13-16 during August and missed the playoffs.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder is currently TCN’s 47th-ranked prospect.
Torres, powerfully built at 6-foot-4, 199 pounds, continues to impress as one of two prospect outfielders acquired from Cleveland in the Oscar Mercado trade in late August.
Derek Shore recently wrote about TCN’s no. 49 prospect, who helped carry his GCL Cardinals club into the league finals.
Cedeno and Torres were honorable mentions in The Cardinal Nation’s selection of the August Player of the Month. That honor was landed by Dominican Summer League Blue third baseman Malcom Nunez.
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