Cardinals Minor League All-Stars Recognized

The 2014 all-stars from across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system are remembered.

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)    
USA James Ramsey  
  Marco Gonzales P  
World none  
     
Memphis (2) Mid-season Post-season
Pitcher Angel Castro A none
     
Position Player Stephen Piscotty  
     
Springfield (6)    
Pitcher Joe Donofrio P  
  Kyle Hald  
  Marco Gonzales A P  
     
Position Player Cody Stanley S Cody Stanley
  Jonathan Rodriguez  
  James Ramsey S I James Ramsey T
     
Palm Beach (5)    
Pitcher Kyle Helisek  
     
Position Player Charlie Tilson S Charlie Tilson
  Starlin Rodriguez P  
  Breyvic Valera S  
  Casey Rasmus R  
     
Peoria (7)    
Pitcher Arturo Reyes none
  Chris Perry  
  Zach Loraine A  
     
Position Player Juan Herrera  
  C.J. McElroy SR  
  Ronald Castillo S I  
  Carson Kelly A  
     
State College (4)    
Pitcher Kyle Grana  
  Will Anderson  
     
Position Player Robelys Reyes  
  Darren Seferina  
     
Johnson City (2)    
Pitcher   none
     
Position Player   Casey Turgeon
    Casey Grayson
     
Gulf Coast League (3)    
Pitcher   none
     
Position Player   Magneuris Sierra MVP
    Michael Pritchard
    Malik Collymore
     
Dominican Summer (2)    
Pitcher Derian Gonzalez  
     
Position Player Jonathan Rivera  
     
Codes    
I = injured    
A = added to team    
S = All-star starter    
P = promoted     
SR = starter replacement    
R = retired    

It begins with the Futures Game. Marco Gonzales had to pass on the annual event, tied to the MLB All-Star Game, when he received his first-ever call to St. Louis. Not a bad tradeoff. James Ramsey leveraged his appearance into a trade to Cleveland.

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.

Piscotty

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.

Kyle Hald, Jonathan Rodriguez and Cody Stanley were the others. The latter was the game MVP and was joined by Ramsey as a post-season all-star, as well.

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.

Tilson

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.

Other Chiefs honored were Arturo Reyes, Chris Perry and Juan Herrera. Among those passed over were top prospect pitchers Rob Kaminsky and Alex Reyes.

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.

Seferina

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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