Minors Update

JJ gives an exhaustive and detailed look at all the Cardinal alums in the minor leagues. Includes stats and movements up and down the farm club levels. A must read for Cardinalmaniac longball fans!

September 4, 2001 Update

The minor league season has come to end and here is a list of the some former Stanford players and how their year went down on the farm ...

* Joe Borchard (98-00) - Finished the year hitting .295 with 27 homers and 98 RBI. Should get a look as the White Sox starting centerfielder in spring traning next year.

* Justin Wayne (98-00) - The Expos first round pick from last year, spent the final half of the season in AA and did very well. He had a 9-2 record with a 2.62 ERA in 92 innings pitched.

* Eric Bruntlett (97-00) - Spent nearly the entire year at AA for the Astros before recently getting promoted up to AAA. Hit .266 before his promotion.

* Jason Middlebrook (94-96) - Hard throwing right-hander, had a very good season in AAA for the Padres. In 17 starts, he went 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA, this after struggling to get out of AA the past few seasons.

* Brian Dallimore (93-96) - Had a great season at AA for the Diamondbacks. Playing mostly third base, Dallimore hit .327 with eight homers and 67 RBI in over 500 at-bats.

* John Gall (97-00) - Spent the last half of the season in high A ball for the Cardinals and played well. In a little over 300 at-bats, he hit .317 with four home runs.

* Brent Hoard (96-98) - Missed the beginning of the season because of injury, but then pitched very well in high A for the Twins (7-4, 3.36). Was recently promoted to AA, and threw six quality innings (0 ER, 2 SO) in his first start.

* Edmund Muth (97-00) - Struggled at the start of the year, but came on during the second half. Played the entire season at Class A in the Rockies organization. Hit .261 with 18 homers and 70 RBI.

* Chad Hutchinson (96-98) - Had a difficult season in AAA for the Cardinals. Finished the year with an ERA of 7.92 and averaged over one walk per inning. On the bright side though, he's still striking people out as he complied 111 K's in 97 innings pitched.

* Kyle Peterson (95-97) - Brewers first round selection went just 2-10 down at AAA. Did make a couple of appearances in the big leagues earlier this season.

* Jason Young (98-00) - Had a promising beginning to the year as he went 6-7 with a 3.44 ERA in 17 starts at the high Class A level in the Rockies organization. But an arm injury forced Young to miss the final couple months of the year.

* A.J. Hinch (93-96) - Spent part of the year with the Kansas City Royals, but struggled as their back-up catcher. In 119 at-bats, he hit only .160 with six home runs. But since being sent down to AAA, he's hitting at a .321 clip with 10 homers in 168 at-bats.

* Tony Cogan (96-99) - Has spent the majority of the year with the Royals, but after posting an ERA above 5, he was sent down to the minors. In AAA, he has pitched well compiling a 2.79 ERA.

* Jeff Austin (96-98) - Royals first-round pick, has been up-and-down between AAA and the big club. Since being moved to the bullpen has excelled and was a September call-up for the Royals.

* Jason VanMeetren (99-01) - Spent the final two months of the season in low A ball in the Mariners organiztion. In 147 at-bats, he hit .238 with five homers and 22 RBI.

* Mike Wodnicki (99-01) - Had a fine season with the New Jersey Cardinals (low A for St. Louis). Pitching only in relief, Wodnicki went 2-3 with a 2.43 ERA.

August 3, 2001 Update

We all know about Joe Borchard and his current success in the White Sox organization, but while looking through some minor league statistics, I noticed a few other former Cardinal players that are also having fine seasons.

Statistics are through games of 8-1

* Justin Wayne (98-00) : Since being called up to Double AA in the Expos organization a couple of months ago, the righthander is 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA.

* Eric Bruntlett (97-00) : The former Cardinal shortstop is having a fine season in Double AA for the Houston Astors. Playing every day, he is hitting .283 with three home runs and 32 RBI.

* John Gall (97-00) : Since being promoted to high A ball in the Cardinals organization a couple of months ago, Gall is hitting a sizzling .344 with four home runs and 25 RBI in 215 at-bats. He is playing first base.

* Brian Dallimore (93-96) : The former second baseman has been stuck at Double AA in the Diamondbacks organization the past couple of years, but he's making a case to be moved up now. Dallimore is batting .326 with seven home runs and 50 RBI in 414 at-bats.

* Jason Young (98-00) : The right handed pitcher is pitching for the high Class A team in the Rockies organization. Young has put up solid numbers this year as he's 6-7 with a 3.44 ERA in 104 2/3 innings pitched.

* Edmund Muth (97-00) : Muth started slow for the Rockies Class A team in Asheville, but he's caught fire in the last two weeks. He has nine home runs in his last 70 at-bats and is now batting .273 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI in 293 at-bats.

- Jason VanMeetren and Mike Wodnicki are also playing well in their first tastes of pro ball. VanMeetren is hitting .258 with one home run and nine RBI in 66 at-bats for Everett (Low A ball for Seattle). Wodnicki has complied a 2.35 ERA in eight appearances out of the bullpen for the New Jersey Cardinals (Low A ball for St. Louis).

- (from ME-97) The two to watch in their AAA club (Omaha Golden Spikes) have been A.J. Hinch and Jeff Austin.  Austin has struggled this season:  2-7 7.48 ERA 61.1 IP 14 HR.  Strangely, Jeff got got called up by the Royals in late June after demonstrating some performance in the bullpen (1-0 4.00 ERA 16 K 16 IP). He has been in 10 games in KC with no decisions and a 4.97 ERA 17 K and 8 BB in 12.2 IP. Hinch was recently promoted to Omaha and has the following performance so far: .297 avg .547 slg 19 H 16 RBI 4 HR 15 SO 64 AB 17 G

- Mike Gosling also just signed with the Diamondbacks. The signing bonus was $2 million, which is the highest signing bonus of any 2nd round pick thus far. Gosling has been assigned to El Paso (Double AA). Congrats Mike !!

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