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|
|Position Player||Tyler Greene||Daniel Descalso|
|Pitcher||Brian Broderick||David Kopp||Kopp|
|Adam Reifer||Eduardo Sanchez|
|Blake King||Scott Gorgen (inj)|
|Position Player||Steven Hill||Hill|
|Palm Beach (8+1)|
|Pitcher||Ramon Delgado||Casey Mulligan||Luis Aguayo|
|Position Player||Tony Cruz||Jose Garcia|
|Quad Cities (5)|
|Pitcher||Eric Fornataro||Scott Schneider|
|Position Player||Matt Adams||Adams|
|Position Player||Audry Perez|
|Johnson City (4+1)|
|Pitcher||Ryan Copeland||Mike Shildt|
|(Pitcher of Year)||(manager)|
|Position Player||Cody Stanley|
|Position Player||Luis Perez|
|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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