Cards Players of the Year: 2012

Each day through October, we'll again be rolling out our choices as the top players at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system from the summer of 2012. Will Shelby Miller be our Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year?

As we do each fall, the staff of The Cardinal Nation will start this series with recaps of the 2012 season at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system, including the major league club. We follow with the crowning of three award winners for each team. They will be our The Cardinal Nation/ Minor League Starters, Relievers and Players of the Year.

2011 Player of the Year Matt Adams
We will unveil our selections, one team recap or award per day, beginning on Monday, September 17, and running throughout October. We start with the club recaps, then the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Reliever of the Year all the way through the Memphis Redbirds Player of the Year.

We will add some special awards and of course, name our top selections for the entire Cardinals minor league system for 2012 as well as the best rookies. The series will conclude with our choice as the top manager in the organization.

Though they watched these clubs and reported on them all summer long, our team of locally-based writers still have their work cut out for them to select the very best of the best from nearly 300 players. Yet this most knowledgeable group is more than qualified and again up to the challenge. They include Pierce Jefferson, Brandon Mahler, Juan Dorado, Jon Popham, Sloane Martin, Katherine Fernandez and Paul Ivice.

Premium Article While the winning names will be made available to everyone as this master article is updated daily, the detailed commentary behind most awards in this series will be exclusively for Cardinal Nation subscribers. All major league articles will be free for all.

They include analysis from our onsite writers as well as comments by 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 2012 season.

Again, we began the process with a daily series recapping each minor league club's 2012 season in depth, looking at records, injuries, player movement, key stats and much more. Subscribers can click on the highlighted team names below to read those articles if you missed them the first time.

2012 The Cardinal Nation/ Award Winners/Schedule

2012 Team Recaps Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Dominican Summer Ismael Brito Luis Perdomo Luis Cruz
Gulf Coast (Rookie) Anderson Gerdel Fidencio Flores Jhohan Acevedo
Johnson City (SS-R) Ronnie Shaban Zach Petrick Jeremy Schaffer
Batavia (SS-A) Lee Stoppelman Tim Cooney Breyvic Valera
Quad Cities (A) Ethan Cole Sam Gaviglio Matt Williams
Palm Beach (A+) Aidan Lucas Ryan Sherriff Starlin Rodriguez
Springfield (AA) Eric Fornataro Seth Maness Oscar Taveras
Memphis (AAA) Barret Browning Brandon Dickson Adron Chambers
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StL regular season Jason Motte Kyle Lohse Yadier Molina
StL reg season stats
StL post-season
Rookies of the Year Lee Stoppelman Zach Petrick Patrick Wisdom
Players of the Year Michael Wacha Trevor Rosenthal Oscar Taveras
Manager of the Year Mike Shildt

(Premium Article Subscribers: 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 2012 overall summary for that level.)

If you ever forget the location of this article, you can always use the permanent link on the lower left of The Cardinal Nation homepage. You can access our 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year from there, too, as well as our Top Prospect lists from each of the last seven winters.

Speaking of top prospects, that annual top 40 countdown will begin in late November after this series concludes. Please remember that the two are separate and distinct.

This effort is to recognize the top performances on the field in 2012, whether or not the players are projected to have a major league future down the road. In other words, this is all about current results, not future potential.

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