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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/Scout.com Award Winners/Schedule
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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