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The St. Louis Cardinals named David Washington and Jake Woodford their May Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively.

The St. Louis Cardinals named David Washington and Jake Woodford their May Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced their Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Month for May by honoring Triple-A outfielder/first baseman David Washington and Single-A pitcher Jake Woodford for their accomplishments on the field.


The 25-year-old Washington, who was invited to 2016 Major League Spring Training as a non-roster player, batted a combined .287 (29-for-101) with 11 home runs and 25 RBI in 29 games between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. Over that span, the left-handed hitting slugger ranked among Minor League leaders in home runs (T1st), slugging percentage (.673, 3rd), RBI (T6th), total bases (68, T7th), extra-base hits (17, T6th) and on-base+slugging (OPS) (1.051, 11th). On the season, Washington currently paces the Cardinals minor league organization in home runs (15), RBI (37), slugging percentage (.640), OPS (1.032), and ranks 2nd in total bases (105), 3rd in batting average (.293) and 6th in on-base percentage (.392). The San Diego native was the Cardinals’ 15th round selection in the June, 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of University City (Calif.) High School.

“With David’s promotion to Memphis in early May, he produced an outstanding month at the AAA level, hitting for a .306 average with nine home runs,” said Cardinals Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque.


Woodford, 19, is a supplemental 1st round (39th overall) selection by the Cardinals from the June, 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Plant (Fla.) High School. The right-handed starter went 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA (31.0 IP/3 ER) and 26 strikeouts in five starts for Peoria. He finished the month tied for 3rd in the Midwest League in wins and 11th in WHIP (walks+hits/IP, 1.03), while his ERA was the 11th-lowest mark among all Minor League pitchers. Woodford allowed no earned runs (one unearned) over 23 1/3 innings through a four-start period from 5/11-5/30, highlighted by eight scoreless frames and his third straight win on May 24 vs. Kane County. His 2.14 ERA over his first nine starts this season is the 2nd-lowest among Cardinals minor leaguers.

“Jacob was effective in five starts in May for Peoria, a 3-0 record in 31 innings with hitters managing only a .198 average against him,” said LaRocque.

Brian Walton’s take

I agree with these selections as they are the same as we announced previously here at The Cardinal Nation.

Here are the earlier winners of all of the monthly awards for 2016 to date – both from The Cardinal Nation and the St. Louis Cardinals themselves – along with links to those prior articles.

Not only read about the winners, but also each month’s contenders. Next up is an unique award from TCN, our Relief Pitcher of the Month for May, plus a special interview – the latter exclusively for TCN members, so join today!

  Pitcher of Month Starter of Month Reliever of Month  
2016 Cards organization The Cardinal Nation The Cardinal Nation 2016
April  Andrew Morales Austin Gomber Kevin Herget April 
May Jake Woodford Jake Woodford coming next May
June       June
July       July
Aug       Aug
  Player of Month      
2016 Cards organization The Cardinal Nation   2016
April  Harrison Bader Harrison Bader   April 
May David Washington David Washington   May
June       June
July       July
Aug       Aug

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