St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday that Springfield (AA) pitcher Luke Weaver and Cardinals Dominican Summer League (Rookie) outfielder Brian Sanchez have been selected as the organization’s Pitcher and Player of the Month, respectively, for the month of June.
Weaver, 22, went 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA in five starts in June, helping the Springfield Cardinals clinch the first half title in the Texas League North Division. Weaver, the Cardinals 1st round selection (27th player overall) in 2014 out of Florida State University, is 4-1 with a 0.96 ERA for the season, striking out 42 batters in 37.1 innings pitched with just six walks allowed. He fanned 10 batters in 7.1 innings on June 5 at Frisco in his 2016 debut.
“Luke was impressive in his five games started in June, stated Cardinals’ Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque. “He played a big part in helping the Springfield Cardinals win the first half of the Northern Division of the Texas League”
Sanchez, 20, batted .369 (31-for-84) in 21 games last month, belting six home runs while driving in 32. The right-handed hitting outfielder, who was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free-agent in November of 2014, is a native of Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic. He has been serving as the DSL Cardinals clean-up batter.
“Brian’s strong start in the DSL, highlighted by his productive offense, has lead the DSL Cardinals in June,” stated LaRocque.
The 6-2, 180-pound Sanchez enjoyed a strong showing last June as well, tallying 27 RBI. He led the 2015 DSL Cardinals with 45 RBI in his 60 games played last season.
Brian Walton’s take
Weaver also earned the organization’s Pitcher of the Month award last July, when with Palm Beach. The right-hander is The Cardinal Nation’s fourth-ranked prospect in the system and as such offers the ideal combination of a top prospect who is performing well quickly after joining a higher level of competition.
At the age of 20 years, three months, Sanchez is the second-oldest player on the DSL active roster and far too old to be considered a prospect. Despite being a DSL All-Star selection in mid-season 2015, the right-handed hitter slumped in the second half. Sanchez was neither invited to fall instructional league camp in the US nor extended spring training in 2016. Yet, it is good to see an organizational player recognized for a strong month, whether or not he is expected to reach St. Louis one day.
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.
|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||Rowan Wick||May|
|Player of Month|
|2016||Cards organization||The Cardinal Nation||2016|
|April||Harrison Bader||Harrison Bader||April|
|May||David Washington||David Washington||May|