The Cardinal Nation May Player of Month

Details behind why Ed Easley is The Cardinal Nation's choice as the St. Louis Cardinals’ top minor league player in May.

When doing research on St. Louis Cardinals minor league Players/Pitchers of the Month, I generate lists of players who would eventually get consideration for the award. For the month of May, my list of players to be considered was considerably shorter than its pitching counterpart. The Cardinals minor league affiliates had a rough month in terms of offense.


With that said, there were a couple of players who stood out as having strong months, in fact, our May winner received a promotion due to his strong play. Ed Easley is The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Month of May. Easley finished the month hitting .340 with two home runs, two doubles, and seven runs batted in. For May, he slashed .340/.492/.500/.992 and led the organization with that .992 OPS.

Easley’s success led to a second call up to St. Louis on May 27th. Easley even remained on the MLB roster after Jon Jay was activated from the disabled list (as the club optioned pitcher Miguel Socolovich).

Easley had success in April as well. His 131 wRC+ is the highest in the Cardinals organization through the first two months of the season.

May Stat Leaders

Batting Average (min 30 AB)
Greg Garcia, Mem - .350
Ed Easley, Mem - .340
Collin Radack, PB - .333
Jeremy Hazelbaker, Sgf - .328
Nick Martini, Sgf - .322

Home Runs
Stephen Piscotty, Mem – 5
Anthony Garcia, Sgf – 5
Blake Drake, Peo – 5
Nick Thompson, Peo – 5
Xavier Scruggs, Mem – 4

Anthony Garcia, Sgf – 17
Dan Johnson, Mem – 16
Michael Ohlman, Sgf – 16
Stephen Piscotty, Mem – 14
Collin Radack, PB – 14

Stephen Piscotty, Mem – 18
Oscar Mercado, Peo – 17
Charlie Tilson, Sgf – 16
Anthony Garcia, Sgf – 14
Danny Diekroeger, Peo – 13

Stolen Bases
Oscar Mercado, Peo – 12
C.J. McElroy, PB – 10
Charlie Tilson, Sgf – 9
Robelys Reyes, PB – 8
Andrew Sohn, Peo – 6

OPS (min 30 AB)
Ed Easley, Mem - .992
Jeremy Hazelbaker, Sgf - .936
Anthony Garcia, Sgf - .927
Stephen Piscotty, Mem - .822
Nick Martini, Sgf - .808

Honorable Mentions

Jeremy Hazelbaker‘s name appears a few times on the monthly leaderboard, even though he did not put in a full month of games for the Springfield Cardinals. The Cards organization signed Hazelbaker, who had been released by the Dodgers organization at the end of April, in mid-May and assigned him to Springfield. He has made the most of his time in the Cardinals organization, hitting .328/..379/.557/.936 over his first 16 games. The former Ball State University star has solidified the Springfield Cardinals lineup and outfield.

Another member of the Springfield Cardinals outfield, Anthony Garcia, put together a very strong month of May. Garcia, who hit just .128 in April, seems to be adjusting to the Double-A Texas League nicely. In May, he slashed .276/.396/.553/.948 for Springfield and tied for the organization lead with five home runs. On the season, Garcia, has walked more than he has struck out (24/18).

Coming Soon

The Cardinal Nation’s May Starting Pitcher of the Month and Relief Pitcher of the Month will be named in the next couple of days, as well as a new monthly review looking at team results, hot/cold players, and key roster moves throughout the month of May.

Prior Winners

Listed below are The Cardinal Nation’s Starting Pitcher of the Month, Relief Pitcher of the Month and Player of the Month selections for April and links to those earlier articles. The St. Louis Cardinals organizational winners are included, as well.

  Pitcher of Month Starter of Month Reliever of Month  
2015 Cards organization The Cardinal Nation The Cardinal Nation 2015
April  Alex Reyes Daniel Poncedeleon Kyle Grana April 
May       May
June       June
July       July
Aug       Aug
  Player of Month      
2015 Cards organization The Cardinal Nation   2015
April  Xavier Scruggs Xavier Scruggs   April 
May   Ed Easley   May
June       June
July       July
Aug       Aug

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