Cards Recognize 2010 Minor League All-Stars

Almost four dozen St. Louis Cardinals 2010 all-star players to be celebrated on Friday afternoon.

As the St. Louis Cardinals official farm director, John Vuch is leading his first minor league spring training camp, which opened this week in Jupiter, Fla. One of his most pleasant duties before refocusing completely on 2011 is to preside over some very special recognition of 2010 accomplishments.

Last season, the Cardinals organization could boast of no fewer than 46 All-Star selections, both players and coaches. Each will be acknowledged during the organization's annual minor league spring training orientation meeting on Friday afternoon, March 11.

The ranks of players selected in some leagues swelled due to separate mid-season and post-season All-Star teams. In the former case, there were often twice as many players chosen as often two divisional teams actually face off in a league All-Star game. Post-season All-Star teams are usually more exclusive and those players are not involved in a special game.

In some of the mid-season cases, players earned the recognition, only to be promoted to the next level prior to the actual the game, leaving them unable to participate. One player, Scott Gorgen, was selected, but was injured and could not play. On the other side of the coin, several other deserving Cardinals achieved their selection as a by-product of replacing others.

The lists below are broken out by pitchers and position players across the various leagues and All-Star types. The two organization's two participants in the 2010 Futures Game are listed as well and are in addition to the 46 All-Star selections.

Futures Gm (2)
Pitcher - USA Shelby Miller
Pitcher - World Eduardo Sanchez
Memphis (4) Mid-season Mid promo Post-season
Pitcher Brandon Dickson
Fernando Salas
Position Player Tyler Greene Daniel Descalso
Springfield (14)
Pitcher Brian Broderick David Kopp Kopp
Adam Reifer Eduardo Sanchez
Blake King Scott Gorgen (inj)
Position Player Steven Hill Hill
Adron Chambers Carpenter
Matt Carpenter
Aaron Luna
Curt Smith
Palm Beach (8+1)
Pitcher Ramon Delgado Casey Mulligan Luis Aguayo
Mark Diapoules (coach)
Matt Frevert
Position Player Tony Cruz Jose Garcia
Rich Racobaldo
Xavier Scruggs
Quad Cities (5)
Pitcher Eric Fornataro Scott Schneider
Position Player Matt Adams Adams
D'Marcus Ingram
Batavia (6)
Pitcher Justin Edwards
Chase Reid
Position Player Audry Perez
Joey Bergman
Nick Longmire
Yunier Castillo
Johnson City (4+1)
Pitcher Ryan Copeland Mike Shildt
(Pitcher of Year) (manager)
Hector Corpas
Position Player Cody Stanley
Oscar Taveras
DSL (2)
Pitcher Carlos Martinez
Position Player Luis Perez
VSL (1)
Position Player Limbert Rivas

The Cardinals had 2010 All-Star player representation at every level of the system, with the exception of the short-season rookie level Gulf Coast League. One Cardinal, Ryan Copeland of the Johnson City Cardinals, was named his league's Pitcher of the Year.

Four individuals received both mid-season and post-season All-Star berths. In the Double-A Texas League, the dual winners were pitcher David Kopp, catcher Steven Hill and third baseman Matt Carpenter. First baseman Matt Adams was similarly recognized in the Class A Midwest League.

In terms of overall numbers of All-Star selections across the organization, position players edged pitchers 24 to 20.

In addition, two coaches were recognized. In his first year in the Cardinals system, Palm Beach manager Luis Aguayo was named an All-Star coach in the A-Advanced Florida State League while Johnson City league champion skipper Mike Shildt was selected as the Manager of Year in the Appalachian League.

Here at The Cardinal Nation, we previously selected our annual award winners at every level of the organization, including Starting Pitcher, Relief Pitcher and Player of the Year following the conclusion of the 2010 season. Click here to access those articles, also always accessible from the links at the lower left of our home page.

Once again, congratulations are offered to all of the winners!



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