The selection for 2012 is new Memphis pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd, who held the same job with Springfield the prior two seasons. The Double-A Cards won the 2012 Texas League championship.
Eversgerd, 44, began his coaching of young Cardinals in 2001 at A-Advanced Potomac and later was the pitching coach at Class-A Peoria and Quad Cities. He served as hitting coach in Springfield from 2008 to 2009 before moving back to pitching coach with the 2010 Palm Beach club.
The Illinois native first joined the Cardinals back in 1989 as a non-drafted free agent. The left-handed pitcher made his MLB debut with the 1994 Cardinals, and then pitched for Montreal and Texas before returning to St. Louis from 1998 to 2000.
The Award is the top recognition any member of the player development organization could receive and remains an annual reminder of the importance of George Kissell to generations of Cardinals.
|the late George Kissell|
The Cardinals recognized Kissell's importance long before his untimely passing, first establishing the Award in 1995 to recognize a member of the organizational staff for excellence in player development. Not surprisingly, Kissell himself received the first Award.
The winner is chosen through voting by the Cardinals minor league field staff, with the peer recognition making it all the more meaningful.
Congratulations to the George Kissell Award winner for 2012, Bryan Eversgerd.
George Kissell Award winners
|2012||Bryan Eversgerd||Springfield (AA) pitching coach|
|2011||Steve Turco||Gulf Coast League (SS-R) manager|
|2010||Mike Shildt||Johnson City (SS-R) manager|
|2009||Chris Maloney||Memphis (AAA) manager|
|2008||Mark DeJohn||Batavia (SS-A) manager|
|2007||Dan Radison||Minor league hitting instructor|
|2006||Chris Maloney||Springfield (AA) manager|
|2005||Ron "Pop" Warner||Palm Beach (A-Adv) manager|
|2004||Blaise Ilsley||Tennessee (AA) pitching coach|
|2003||Mark DeJohn||Tennessee (AA) manager|
|2002||Danny Sheaffer||Peoria (A) manager|
|2001||Dyar Miller||Memphis (AAA) pitching coach|
|2000||Gaylen Pitts||Memphis (AAA) manager|
|1999||Mark Riggins||Minor league pitching coordinator|
|1998||Joe Pettini||Minor league field coordinator|
|1997||Mark O'Neal||Memphis (AAA) athletic trainer|
|1996||Bo Milliken||Minor league pitching instructor|
|1995||George Kissell||Senior field coordinator|
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