It is a rare occasion when an offensive performer in the St. Louis Cardinals system achieves back-to-back honors as our top hitter of the month, but Luke Voit has done it with an exclamation point. Memphis’ first baseman adds our April recognition to his August 2016 award, when he played with Double-A Springfield and led the Texas League with a .297 average for the season.
Normally, I write these articles showing a number of different players’ strengths and then coming around to the winner. However, when you see the stats below, you will understand why that is unnecessary.
In terms of power and production, Voit tied for the system lead in home runs with five and was third with 16 runs driven in.
The 26-year-old former Missouri State star pulls away from the pack when looking at rate stats. In fact, Voit made a clean sweep, with leads of 35 points of batting average, 37 points of on-base, 85 points of slugging and 145 points of OPS compared to the next-best performer in the system last month.
Therefore, Luke Voit is hereby named the landslide winner of The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Month award for April.
Despite being overshadowed by Voit, there were many other strong offensive performers across the Cardinals system during April, as well. I will mention four of those notables here.
Springfield’s Bruce Caldwell tied Voit in home runs and his 18 RBI topped the Cardinals system for the month. Due to a system-best 14 walks drawn, the infielder came in second to Voit in on-base percentage and third in OPS.
The first month of full-season ball for Tommy Edman was strong, as the Peoria shortstop was second overall in slugging and OPS, third in batting average and fifth in on-base percentage.
Reborn Oscar Mercado has continued his April success into early May, but even through April 30, the Springfield shortstop-turned-center fielder ranked second in batting average (.325), fourth in OBP and fifth in OPS across the organization.
Adolis Garcia did not take long to adapt to the Texas League. In his first official month as a Cardinal farmhand, the Cuban native also placed among the system-wide leaders in three of the slash categories. The Springfield outfielder batted .303 (seventh), was third with a .403 OBP and ranked fourth in OPS.
Update: The Cardinals organization also named Voit their Player of the Month for April.
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