In Friday’s feature article, we highlighted Thursday’s announcement of the top member of the St. Louis Cardinals player development staff, minor league pitching coordinator Derrick May.
At that same meeting, with the audience consisting of all the coaches and almost 160 players invited to minor league spring training camp, many others were recognized as well.(Field coordinator Mark DeJohn addresses the 2014 group.)
Headliners included the organization’s Pitcher and Player of the Year, Marco Gonzales and Magneuris Sierra, respectively. Other awards are usually given to each league all-star from across the system the prior summer.
2014 St. Louis Cardinals minor league all-stars
|Futures Game (2)|
|Marco Gonzales P|
|Pitcher||Angel Castro A||none|
|Position Player||Stephen Piscotty|
|Pitcher||Joe Donofrio P|
|Marco Gonzales A P|
|Position Player||Cody Stanley S||Cody Stanley|
|James Ramsey S I||James Ramsey T|
|Palm Beach (5)|
|Position Player||Charlie Tilson S||Charlie Tilson|
|Starlin Rodriguez P|
|Breyvic Valera S|
|Casey Rasmus R|
|Zach Loraine A|
|Position Player||Juan Herrera|
|C.J. McElroy SR|
|Ronald Castillo S I|
|Carson Kelly A|
|State College (4)|
|Position Player||Robelys Reyes|
|Johnson City (2)|
|Position Player||Casey Turgeon|
|Gulf Coast League (3)|
|Position Player||Magneuris Sierra MVP|
|Dominican Summer (2)|
|Position Player||Jonathan Rivera|
|I = injured|
|A = added to team|
|S = All-star starter|
|P = promoted|
|SR = starter replacement|
|R = retired|
As we get into the team all-stars, it is important to note that in the leagues in which there is a mid-season game, including all of the full-season ones, those selections are less exclusive than the post-season all-star teams. In the latter case, only one set of players representing the entire league is generally chosen.
Full season teams
Memphis’ lone pitching Pacific Coast League all-star in 2014 was a curious choice. Veteran Angel Castro was in between having been removed from the Redbirds’ rotation and being sold to Oakland. Outfielder Stephen Piscotty’s selection was understandable, though Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk could have made legitimate claims, as well.
The Double-A Cardinals had six players named to the Texas League’s mid-season classic, though only three made the game. Gonzales and Ramsey were involved again, with the former having been promoted and the latter injured. Joe Donofrio had been moved up to Memphis, though he did not initially stick.
At Palm Beach, the club’s only Florida State League all-star pitcher, Kyle Helisek, ran into second half trouble to the point he was demoted to Peoria. Another oddity occurred when catcher Casey Rasmus decided to retire despite being selected.
Starlin Rodriguez was an all-star in his second stint in the FSL. He was joined by starters Breyvic Valera and Charlie Tilson. All three finished at Springfield, but Tilson’s Palm Beach stint was so memorable that he was also chosen to the post-season team despite having been promoted upward a month earlier.
In 2014, the Midwest League Peoria Chiefs had the most all-stars in the Cardinals system, seven, though none made the post-season team. In the mid-summer game, injured Ronald Castillo was replaced as a starter by C.J. McElroy. Carson Kelly and Zach Loraine were late additions.
Short season teams
As we move into short-season ball, it is important to remember that there is only one set of all-star recognition per year in these leagues, which run from mid-June until Labor Day.
The four State College Spikes who played in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game were pitchers Will Anderson and Kyle Grana along with the middle infield tandem of Robelys Reyes and Darren Seferina.
With no game in the Appalachian League, the league champion Johnson City Cardinals on the post-season team were Casey Grayson and Casey Turgeon. No Cards pitchers were named.
The Cardinals Gulf Coast League selections were headlined by league MVP Magneuris Sierra. Second baseman Malik Collymore also had a tremendous season. The two were joined by a free agent college signee, outfielder Michael Pritchard.
Two Dominican Summer League Cardinals played in the league all-star game. They are pitcher Derian Gonzalez and outfielder Jonathan Rivera. We will soon see if they are among the DSL players assigned to extended spring training here in the US in 2015.
Congratulations to each of the Cardinals 2014 all-stars.
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