The Cardinal Nation’s Team Recaps and Top Players of 2019

photo: Andrew Knizner (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

Continuing our 14-year tradition, the staff of The Cardinal Nation will share our recaps of the just-completed season at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system, including the major league club. We will also crown three award winners for each team – The Cardinal Nation Minor League Starting Pitchers, Relievers and Players of the Year.

We will unveil our selections, one team recap or award per day, every day, beginning on Monday, September 16, and continuing into early November. Club recaps are first, then the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Red Reliever of the Year and all the way through the Memphis Redbirds Player of the Year.

Several special awards will be added and of course, our top selections for the entire Cardinals minor league system for 2019 as well as the best-performing rookies follow. The minor league section of the series will conclude with our choice as the top manager in the organization before we break down the big-league club’s top players and regular season and post-season results, if applicable.

Those at the keyboard are our team of locally-based reporters – covering every Cardinals minor league affiliate first-hand – as they select the very best of the best at each level and overall, from over 300 players.

They include Frank Ramirez (Memphis), Derek Shore (Springfield), Blake Newberry (Palm Beach), Satchel Perlowski (Peoria), Nick Mazone (State College), Cole Sams (Johnson City) and Paul Ivice (Gulf Coast League). Veteran TCN analyst Leonda Markee will recap 2019 for the two DSL clubs.

Note: While the team reports and all winning names will be made available to everyone as this master article is updated daily, the detailed commentary behind most of the player awards in this series will be exclusively for The Cardinal Nation members. All major league articles will again be free for all.

This 49-article series will include analysis from our local reporters as well as comments by scouts, Cardinals players, coaches and executives. We explain what tradeoffs were made and what we saw in the best players to take the field at each level of the Cardinals system during the 2019 season.

Again, we begin the process with a daily series recapping each minor league club’s 2019 season in depth, looking at records, injuries, player movement, key stats and much more. Once they are published, you can click on the highlighted team names below to read those articles if you missed them the first time.

2019 The Cardinal Nation/ Award Winners/Schedule

Minor League System
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2019 Team Recaps Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Dominican Red (Rk)  Luis Garcia Angel Cuenca Diowill Burgos
Dominican Blue (Rk) Victor Villanueva Gustavo J. Rodriguez Darlin Moquete
Gulf Coast (Rk) Connor Coward Ludwin Jimenez Patrick Romeri
Johnson City (SS-R) Will Guay Michael YaSenka Chandler Redmond
State College (SS-A) Jack Ralston Enmanuel Solano Pedro Pages
Peoria (A) Edgar Escobar Kyle Leahy Brady Whalen
Palm Beach (A+) Ramon Santos Alex FaGalde Justin Toerner
Springfield (AA) Kodi Whitley Angel Rondon Dylan Carlson
Memphis (AAA) Chasen Shreve Daniel Ponce de Leon Randy Arozarena
Minor League System
Member articles Member articles Member articles Member articles
Top System Players Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Rookies of the Year Jack Ralston Michael YaSenka Chandler Redmond
Players of the Year Junior Fernandez Angel Rondon Randy Arozarena
Emerging Players of the Year Wilfredo Pereira Ivan Herrera
Comeback Player of the Year Alvaro Seijas Juan Yepez
Manager of the Year Roberto Espinoza
St. Louis
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Top Players Rookie of the Year
Tommy Edman
Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Giovanny Gallegos Jack Flaherty Kolten Wong
StL Team Recaps
Regular Season
Regular season by the Numbers

Click on the player name highlighted in the table above to be taken to that detailed article. In addition, select each team name to read the 2019 overall summary for that level.

Then, join the daily discussion at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board, as each selection is unveiled.

If you ever forget the location of this article, you can always use the permanent link on The Cardinal Nation homepage. Underneath the site logo in the left column, click on “Season Recaps/Top Players”, and select the year.

Our annual Cardinals Top 50 Prospect Ranking countdown will begin in late November after this series concludes. Please remember that the two processes are separate and distinct.

This effort is to recognize the top performances on the field in 2019, whether or not the players are projected to have a major league future down the road. In other words, this is all about current year results at the assigned level of play, not future potential.

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