photo: Dylan Carlson and Joe Kruzel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
Springfield Cardinals media note
The Texas League announced on Tuesday (August 27) that OF Dylan Carlson has been named the 2019 Texas League Player of the Year.
One of the youngest players in Double-A at just 20 years old, Carlson rocketed up MLB.com’s Prospect Rankings to No. 2 in St. Louis’s organization and No. 50 in all of Minor League Baseball with career-highs in average (.281), slugging (.518), home runs (21), hits (117), doubles (24), triples (6), stolen bases (18), OPS (.882), extra-base hits (51) and total bases (216) in 108 games with the Springfield Cardinals.
Carlson is the ninth Cardinals prospect to win the TL Player of the Year award in its 89-year history. He joins OF Oscar Taveras (2012) and 1B Matt Adams (2011) as the three Springfield Cardinals who have taken home the league honors since the team’s inception in 2005, along with RHP Dakota Hudson winning Texas League Pitcher of the Year in 2017.
Brian Walton’s take
This is deserving recognition for the current hot-hitting Memphis Redbird, who is ranked no. 1 on The Cardinal Nation’s Top 50 Prospect List.
It was a very positive step for Carlson’s development, in my opinion, for the organization to leave him in the Texas League long enough to have his first real taste of success (from Opening Day until August 15). Because he had been moved ahead aggressively before, Carlson had never been an All-Star at any of his prior stops in 2016, 2017 or 2018, let alone a league Player of the Year.
Carlson is expected to report to 2020 spring training as one of the competitors for St. Louis’ starting left field spot.
On Wednesday, Carlson was announced as a post-season Texas League All-Star, assumed when he was named Player of the Year. Carlson was also a mid-season All-Star in the Double-A league.
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