The Cardinal Nation’s Top Players of 2015

For the 10th consecutive year, we roll out The Cardinal Nation’s choices as the top players at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system from the summer, following season recaps by affiliate. The series runs each day from September 14 through the month of October. Who will unseat Magneuris Sierra as the Player of the Year?

As we have done each fall for the last decade, the staff of The Cardinal Nation will start this series with recaps of the 2015 season at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system, including the major league club. We will also crown three award winners for each team - The Cardinal Nation/ Minor League Starters, Relievers and Players of the Year.

2014 Reliever of the Year Kyle Grana

We will unveil our selections, one team recap or award per day, every day, beginning on Monday, September 14, and continuing throughout the month of October. Club recaps are first, then the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Reliever of the Year and all the way through the Memphis Redbirds Player of the Year.

Some special awards will be added and of course, our top selections for the entire Cardinals minor league system for 2015 as well as the best-performing rookies follow. The minor league section of the series will conclude with our choice as the top manager in the organization before we break down the big-league club’s regular season and post-season.

Though they watched these clubs and reported on them all summer long, our team of locally-based writers - covering every Cardinals minor league affiliate first-hand - still have their work cut out for them to select the very best of the best from nearly 300 players. Yet this most knowledgeable group is more than qualified and is again up to the challenge. They include Thomas Simpson (Memphis), Derek Shore (Springfield), Chris Greene (Palm Beach), Pablo Iglesias (Peoria), Stephanie Panny (State College), Allison Jones (Johnson City) and Paul Ivice (Gulf Coast League). Also contributing to the series is TCN draft analyst Scott Schook.

Note: Once again, this entire series will be made available free to all readers. This includes all minor and major league team reports and player awards.

They include analysis from our local reporters as well as comments by Cardinals players, coaches and executives. We explain what tradeoffs were made and what we saw in the best players to take the field at each level of the Cardinals system during the 2015 season.

Again, we begin the process with a daily series recapping each minor league club’s 2015 season in depth, looking at records, injuries, player movement, key stats and much more. Click on the highlighted team names below to read those articles if you missed them the first time.

2015 The Cardinal Nation/ Award Winners/Schedule

Minor League System      
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2015 Team Recaps Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Dominican Summer (Rookie) Enrique Perez Franyel Casadilla Wadye Ynfante
Gulf Coast (Rookie) Gerwuins Velazco David Oca Allen Cordoba
Johnson City (SS-R) Jonathan Escudero Ronnie Williams Allen Staton
State College (SS-A) Pedro Echemendia Jorge Rodriguez Casey Grayson
Peoria (A) Kyle Grana Austin Gomber Harrison Bader
Palm Beach (A+) Kevin Herget Luke Weaver Luke Voit
Springfield (AA) Ronnie Shaban Arturo Reyes Charlie Tilson
Memphis (AAA) Sam Tuivailala Tyler Lyons Greg Garcia
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Top System Players Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Rookies of the Year Luke Harrison Jacob Evans Harrison Bader
Players of the Year Luke Harrison Alex Reyes Allen Cordoba
Manager of the Year Joe Kruzel    
St. Louis      
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Players of the Year Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
  Trevor Rosenthal Carlos Martinez Matt Carpenter
  Rookie of the Year    
  Randal Grichuk    
2015 Team Recaps      
Regular season      

Click on the player name highlighted in the table above to be taken to that detailed article. In addition, select each team name to read the 2015 overall summary for that level.

If you ever forget the location of this article, you can always use the permanent link on The Cardinal Nation homepage. Underneath the site logo, click on “PROSPECTS”, then “SEASON RECAPS/POYS”, and select the year. You can access our 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year from there, too.

From the same area (“PROSPECTS”>”TCN RANKINGS”), you can review our Top Prospect lists from each of the last nine winters. And speaking of top prospects, that annual top 40 countdown will begin in late November after this series concludes. Please remember that the two are separate and distinct.

This effort is to recognize the top performances on the field in 2015, whether or not the players are projected to have a major league future down the road. In other words, this is all about current year results at the assigned level of play, not future potential.

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