The Cardinal Nation June Player of Month

Peoria second baseman Darren Seferina is our choice as the Cardinals’ top minor league player in June.

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league system appears to have had a better month of June offensively as there were many players who could be considered for the Player of the Month award. The club’s short season affiliates in Johnson City, State College, and the Gulf Coast League club in Florida kicked off in the second half of June, but those players have not received enough at-bats to be reasonably considered for the award. With that said, I will highlight some strong short season offensive performers later in this post.

Seferina

A calendar year after being drafted in the fifth round, Darren Seferina appears to be in a zone for the Peoria Chiefs. The 21-year old infielder had an All-Star rookie campaign in 2014 with the State College Spikes and had two solid months to start 2015 with Peoria. In June, Seferina took off to another planet and has yet to return. Over 83 at-bats, Seferina hit .410, had 14 total extra base hits and stole seven bases. If you were to put his numbers in the AVG/OBP/SLG slash line it would be .410/.432/.663. That is a really strong slugging rate for a non-power hitter.

Seferina’s strong June has propelled his season batting average to .310 with a .380 on base percentage. The gap power he demonstrated in June has lifted his season slugging percentage to .477, which is pretty impressive for a player with just two home runs. The speedster has 15 doubles and a Cardinals system-leading six triples to add to his extra base hit profile.

Along with providing plus defense at second, Seferina could turn into a legit prospect. Earlier this week, Brian Walton, editor of The Cardinal Nation, ranked Seferina as the system’s 40th best prospect, up from unranked the month before.

Honorable Mentions

For the first time in a long time, Springfield slugger Patrick Wisdom received consideration for Player of the Month honors after leading the Cardinals organization with seven home runs in June. Wisdom, who had a two week stint in late April and early May during which he returned to the club’s facility in Florida to work on his swing, also had 23 RBI, which was second-most in the system. Wisdom’s .951 June OPS was also near the top of Cardinals minor leaguers.

Anthony Garcia, Wisdom’s teammate in Springfield, saw limited action in June but produced a strong 1.183 OPS over 48 at-bats. Garcia slashed .354/.516/.667. Michael Ohlman, a teammate of the two above mentioned prospects, had a 1.059 OPS over 65 at-bats and hit five home runs.

Organizational Leaders in June

Batting Average (min 40 AB)

Darren Seferina, Peo - .410
Derek Gibson, PB - .390
Mike O’Neill, Spr - .362
Anthony Garcia, Spr - .354
Casey Grayson, SC - .350

Home Runs

Patrick Wisdom, Spr – 7
Jacob Wilson, Mem – 6
Dan Johnson, Mem – 6
Michael Ohlman, Spr – 5
Brian Sanchez, DSL – 4
Jonathan Rodriguez, Spr – 4
Bruce Caldwell, Spr – 4
Alex Deleon, Peo – 4

Runs Batted In

Brian Sanchez, DSL – 27
Patrick Wisdom, Spr – 23
Dan Johnson, Mem – 20
Jacob Wilson, Mem – 19
Elehuris Montero, DSL – 18

OPS (minimum 40 AB)

Anthony Garcia, Spr – 1.183
Darren Seferina, Peo – 1.095
Michael Ohlman, Spr – 1.059
Tommy Pham, Mem - .987
Patrick Wisdom, Spr - .951

Short Season Stars

The State College Spikes, Johnson City Cardinals, and GCL Cardinals kicked off game action in June and a few of their players got off to hot starts. Here are three short season players who excelled in limited action in June:

2015 fourth-round pick Paul DeJong slashed .519/.618/.926 over 27 at bats for rookie level Johnson City. DeJong, a former college standout from Illinois State, probably should be up a level or two and should be an offensive leader for the JC Cards. Third-round pick Harrison Bader kicked off his professional career in style on the last day in June with two home runs for State College. Finally, 17th-round pick Chris Chinea, a catcher, also had a nice first week for Johnson City, as he slugged .714.

Next Up

Over the next couple of days, I will be bringing you the Starter and Reliever of the Month in the Cardinals system as well as highlighting short season players who had a strong June. A team-by-team recap for the month will follow.

Congratulations to Darren Seferina, The Cardinal Nation Minor League Player of the Month for June.

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 May, including 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 Luis Perdomo Luis Perdomo Steve Sabatino May
June       June
July       July
Aug       Aug
         
  Player of Month      
2015 Cards organization The Cardinal Nation   2015
April  Xavier Scruggs Xavier Scruggs   April 
May Greg Garcia Ed Easley   May
June   Darren Seferina   June
July       July
Aug       Aug

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