Final Regular Season Record: 76-64 (Pythagorean 81-59)
Final Standing: Second, qualified for post-season with
the second-best overall record within the division because eventual Texas League
Champions Northwest Arkansas (
First-Half Record: 38–32
First-Half Standing: Second, four games behind
Second-Half Record: 38-32
Second-Half Standing: Third, six games behind Northwest
Arkansas and two games behind
To compare them age-wise with
Third baseman Matt Carpenter, centerfielder Adron Chambers, second baseman Jermaine Curtis, catcher Charles Cutler, second baseman Jose Garcia, outfielder Tommy Pham, first baseman Xavier Scruggs and right fielder Chris Swauger all saw Double-A for the first time in 2010.
The following pitchers made their Double-A debut in 2010: Jason Buursma, Ramon Delgado, Mark Diapoules, Thomas Eager, Matt Frevert, Shaun Garceau, Scott McGregor, Arquimedes Nieto, Kevin Thomas and Adam Reifer.
In all, 51 players donned the Springfield Cardinals' uniform at some point: 25 position players and 26 pitchers. That includes on-the-comeback-trail Aaron Miles plus rehabbers David Freese and Kyle Lohse. They are not included in the discussion of the draft classes that follows.
Players from five draft classes
The charts below list each draft class' names and draft round along with the position(s) they played this season. The main position played is listed first and any position played under ten times was omitted.
The youngest player in this subgroup of the 2008 draft class is Xavier Scruggs (DOB 9/23/87) and the oldest is Colt Sedbrook (DOB 7/28/85).
The youngest of this 2007 draft group is Pete Kozma (DOB 4/11/88) and the oldest is Andrew Brown (DOB 9/10/84).
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Both Mark Diapoules and Nick Additon signed in May 2007 as part of the old ‘draft-and-follow' system that not longer applies. Casey Mulligan was drafted as a catcher and converted to pitching in June 2008. Diapoules (DOB 5/31/88) is the youngest and Kyle Mura (DOB 11/24/84) is the eldest.
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Third baseman Matt Carpenter (DOB
11/26/85) is the first member of
So, the youngest player on the
The first ten days of May saw the
arrival of two players from
By June 1st the
Cardinals were 27-23 and still in second, but had gained ground on the Naturals
for a two and a half game gap.
However, on May 27th
The second half of the season
Early August saw a rehab start by
Kyle Lohse in which he posted a 9.00 ERA but a 1.60 FIP. The Cardinals continued to improve and
had climbed into a second place tie with
For a summary of
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While the Cardinals tied for
second with a .264 batting average, the primary feature of their offensive
attack was their power.
They hit a home run an average of once
every 32.3 at bats which placed them first in that (obscure) category.
On the upside the Cardinals tied
for second best in walks-per-plate appearance with an average rate of a walk
every 10 plate appearances. That is
Individually, third baseman Matt
Carpenter battled for the batting title for much of his time in
Aaron Luna led the league with a .426 on-base percentage which was fueled, in part, by 25 hit-by-pitches. Matt Carpenter had a .412 on-base percentage which was third and Andrew Brown's .371 OBP was eighth. Carpenter was fourth and Luna was fifth with 64 and 63 walks respectively. Shortstop Pete Kozma tied for tenth with 56 walks.
Former Cardinal Steven Hill was second in slugging with a .543 percentage and Andrew Brown's .526 was third. Matt Carpenter with sixth with a .487 slugging percentage and Aaron Luna's .470 was eleventh. Carpenter (.900), Brown (.897), Luna (.897) and Hill (.895) placed third through sixth in the league in OPS with Brown and Luna tied for fourth place.
In the multi-base categories, Brown and Hill finished tied for fourth with 22 home runs and Luna's 15 home runs placed him ninth. Pete Kozma ended up tied for sixth with 28 doubles, Steven Hill's 27 doubles was good for seventh and Matt Carpenter was eighth with 26. Daryl Jones ended in a three-way tie for ninth with six triples. Jones also led the team with 15 stolen bases which resulted a multi-person tie for eleventh in the league.
Like their counterparts in Short-A
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They were fourth or fifth of eight
teams in Earned Run Average, Walks-Hits-per-Innings-Pitched,
Walks-per-Nine-Innings Pitched and Strikeouts-per-Nine-Innings Pitched. The Cardinals ended up seventh in FIP
mainly because of the free passes and the fact that they were prone to giving up
the long ball. They were very
competitive in Hits Allowed, tied for second, but those hits they did allow
tended to be home runs.
Only Nick Additon and David Kopp pitched the minimum 0.8 IP/Game needed to qualify for league leader consideration. (Brian Broderick just missed qualifying at 0.72 IP/G. If he could have sustained his performance long enough to qualify, his 2.77 ERA would have been second in the league and his 3.45 FIP would have been sixth.)
David Kopp had a 3.05 ERA which
placed him fourth in the league and his 3.94 FIP tied him with
Springfield had nine players named to the mid-season All-Star game: right-handed starter Scott Gorgen, right-handed starter David Kopp, (Brian Broderick replaced injured Gorgen) right-handed reliever Eduardo Sanchez, catcher Steven Hill, first baseman Curt Smith, third baseman Matt Carpenter and outfielders Aaron Luna and Adron Chambers. Scott Gorgen could not participate due to injury and was replaced by the Cardinals' Brian Broderick.
The Cardinals' Andrew Brown
received the first Texas League Player of the Week honor (period 04/08 –
The Springfield Cardinals' stamp
is all over
There was a lot of action on
A promotion to
Then there were those players that
were promoted from
Two players began the season on
the Double-A roster and were subsequently re-assigned to
Two more players followed a
circuitous path. Both Trey Hearne
and Tyler Norrick opened the season at
Four pitchers saw their final
action in the
Finally there is the most unique
transaction of the season: the
promotion of catcher Steven Hill.
It is extremely rare for any minor leaguer to make their professional
The first trip to the Disabled
List did not occur until May 4th when an injury to reliever Chuckie
Fick's right knee resulted in his disabling. Scott Gorgen joined him on May
27th with a right elbow strain that kept him out of action for three
months. Fick was activated on June
2nd and was promoted to
There were several changes in the
bullpen in late May/early June due to injuries. Closer Eduardo Sanchez spent from May
30th to June 16th on the DL with a right ankle issue while
Kyle Mura, who began the season on the DL, was activated on May 27th
but returned to the DL on June 7th and was not to appear in a
The last three weeks of June saw
more activity. Outfielder Tyler
Henley was activated off the Memphis DL and re-assigned to
Things were quiet on the DL front until late July when first baseman Curt Smith was disabled on the 26th with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. The injury ended his season.
Two more moves happened in
August. Tony Cruz strained his
right hamstring which kept him out of action from August 9th until
Centerfielder Tommy Pham was placed on the DL with a bone fracture near
his right wrist. That was yet
another season-ending injury for
There were two final actions in September. Charles Cutler was disabled on September 3rd with a broken foot and Ryan Kulik was shelved on the 8th with an undisclosed injury. Cutler, Kulik, Smith, Henley and Pham all ended the season on the Disabled List.
Second baseman Jose Martinez and
reliever Samuel Freeman spent the entire 2010 season on
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