Allen Cordoba (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Matt Pearce and Allen Cordoba are the St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher and Player of the Month for July.

Matt Pearce and Allen Cordoba are the St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher and Player of the Month for July.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced right-handed pitcher Matt Pearce and shortstop Allen Cordoba have been honored as the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Month for July for their accomplishments on the field.

Pearce, 22, the Cardinals 13th round selection out of Polk State (Fla.) College in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft was 2-3 with a 1.93 ERA over six starts at Palm Beach (High-A).  The Bonita Springs, Fla., native led all of Minor League Baseball with 46.2 innings pitched during the month, walking a mere two batters and hurled two complete games. 

The right-handed stalwart leads all of Minor League Baseball with four complete games setting the Palm Beach franchise mark.  Pearce currently leads the Florida State League in innings pitched (130.1), WHIP (0.93), complete games (4) and ranks fifth in ERA (2.42).  He led the Midwest League in ERA (2.43) during the 2015 season at Peoria (A).

“Matt’s impressive month was highlighted by just two walks in six starts over 46.2 innings of work,” explained Cardinals Director of Player Development, Gary LaRocque.

Cordoba, 20, a non-drafted free agent from Changuinola, Panama, batted .376 with five doubles, three triples and eight stolen bases in 22 games at Johnson City (SS-R).  The right-handed batting shortstop finished the month on a 12-game hitting streak (22-52, .423), scoring in 11 of 12 games.  He is currently riding a 13-game hit streak and an Appalachian League-leading 14-game on-base streak, while ranking in the Top 5 in the league in batting (.353, 4th), hits (41, T2nd), on-base percentage (.423, 4th), runs (28, T3rd), triples (3, T4th) and stolen bases (9, T3rd).   Cordoba was the Gulf Coast League Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season.

“Allen earned Player of the Month with his consistent defensive play at shortstop and his productive month offensively,” said LaRocque.

Brian Walton’s take

Pearce did not have the best ERA in the system last month, but it is great to see him recognized. Playing for an offensively-challenged Palm Beach squad translates into results like noted above for July – three losses and a no-decision in six starts despite posting an ERA under 2.00. For the season, Pearce has an 8-8 record with three no decisions.

The Cardinal Nation’s co-Pitchers of the Month for July, Luke Weaver and Austin Gomber, had flashier numbers than Pearce and have both been promoted in the last few days. Pearce just keeps on doing his thing in the Florida State League.

Until I go through the detailed numbers comparing all hitters last month, I cannot comment on Cordoba - other than the obvious comment that he had a very productive July.

Prior award winners

  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
June Luke Weaver DNA DNA June
July Matt Pearce L Weaver/A Gomber   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 Brian Sanchez DNA   June
July Allen Gordoba     July
Aug       Aug

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The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Month and Relief Pitcher of the Month for July will be announced next.

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