Allen Cordoba (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

For the 11th year, The Cardinal Nation rolls out its choices for the top players in the St. Louis Cardinals system

For the 11th consecutive year, The Cardinal Nation rolls out its choices for 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 12 through the month of October. Can Allen Cordoba repeat as Player of the Year?

As we have done each fall for over a decade, the staff of The Cardinal Nation will start this series with recaps of the 2016 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 Starting Pitchers, Relievers and Players of the Year.

We will unveil our selections, one team recap or award per day, every day, beginning on Monday, September 12, 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 2016 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 top players and regular season and post-season results.

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), Alex Kryah (Peoria), Kara Duriez (State College), Andy Fisher (Johnson City) and Paul Ivice (Gulf Coast League). Also contributing to the series is TCN draft analyst Scott Schook.

Note: While the team reports and all winning names will be made available to everyone as this master article is updated daily, the detailed commentary behind most of the player awards in this series will be exclusively for The Cardinal Nation members. All major league articles will again be free for all.

This series will 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 2016 season.

Again, we begin the process with a daily series recapping each minor league club’s 2016 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.


2016 The Cardinal Nation/ Award Winners/Schedule

Minor League System      
Free articles Member articles Member articles Member articles
2016 Team Recaps Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Dominican Summer Fabian Blanco Johan Oviedo Brian Sanchez
Gulf Coast (Rookie)
Colton Thomson Alvaro Seijas Dennis Ortega
Johnson City (SS-R)
Estarlin Arias Ian Oxnevad Allen Cordoba
State College (SS-A)
Eric Carter Steven Farinaro Tommy Edman
Peoria (A)
Jorge Rodriguez Ryan Helsley Eliezer Alvarez
Palm Beach (A+)
Rowan Wick Matt Pearce Casey Grayson
Springfield (AA)
Josh Lucas Daniel Poncedeleon Luke Voit
Memphis (AAA)
Ryan Sherriff Mike Mayers Breyvic Valera
Minor League System      
Member articles Member articles Member articles Member articles
Top System Players Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Rookies of the Year Eric Carter John Kilichowski Tommy Edman
Players of the Year Kevin Herget Luke Weaver Eliezer Alvarez
Manager of the Year Johnny Rodriguez    
St. Louis      
Free articles Free articles Free articles Free articles
Players of the Year Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
  Seung-hwan Oh Carlos Martinez Matt Carpenter
  Rookie of the Year    
  Aledmys Diaz    
2016 Team Recap      
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 2016 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/Players of the Year”, and select the year. You can access these annual articles back to 2007 from there, too.

From the same area (“PROSPECTS”>”The Cardinal Nation Rankings”), you can review our Top Prospect lists from each of the last 10 winters. And speaking of top prospects, that annual countdown, expanded to 50 for 2017, 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 2016, 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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