Cody Stanley did not agree that 2014 was a “bounceback” or “comeback” season for him.
The record states that his season with Springfield, his second at the Double-A level, the left-handed batter put up a line of .283/.340/.429/.769 with 16 doubles, 12 home runs, 43 RBI and 13 steals in 15 attempts.
In terms of recognition, Stanley was named to the North squad for the Texas League All-Star Game and earned Most Valuable Player honors. Even more elite was his post-season all-star berth, as the league selects just one player per position. His manager Mike Shildt recently told me that he believes the North Carolina native could have been the league’s MVP for the entire season.
Stanley then had a second repeat in the same year, when he returned to the Arizona Fall League, where he also competed two years ago. The 25-year-old finished his prospect showcase stint with a solid line of .292/.363/.375/.738 over 21 games.
As The Cardinal Nation predicted, Stanley was protected from the Rule 5 Draft by the Cardinals organization with his Tuesday move to the 40-man roster.
In the following exclusive interview, held late in the AFL campaign but before the 40-man news, Stanley discusses his season, the leadership expected from him, and much more.
The Cardinal Nation’s extensive interview series from the Arizona Fall League will continue with pitchers Sam Tuivailala, Mitch Harris and Chris Perry along with infielders Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera plus outfielder C.J. McElroy.
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