Birdhouse Players of the Month Awards - July, 2005

Recognizing the top players in the Cardinals minor league system during July.

It's that time again, the Birdhouse Players of the Month Awards are here. Each month we give awards for those players leading the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in various offensive categories for that month. We let you know which player led each team in that category plus a top five. Those players changing teams during the month are listed by the team with which they ended the month. Their stats are differentiated with the word "combined". Remember, we are talking about a player's performance during that month only. "You Are In the Home Stretch – Go For It"

Now, on to the awards –

Batting Average
The Best
Bo Hart - Infield – Memphis Redbirds
.365/.436/.552, thirty-five hits in ninety-six at bats. He scored sixteen runs as well.

Balance of the Top Five
Chris Patrick – Infield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .354/.417/.500, 29-for-82 (Team Leader)
Brian Martin – Outfield/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals - .348/.404/.607, 31-for-89 (Team Leader)
Matt Shepherd – Infield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .324/.425/.454, 35-for-108
Chad Gabriel – Right Field – New Jersey Cardinals - .319/.342/.389, 23-for-72 (Team Leader)

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
Tyler Minges – Right Field – .312/.363/.527, 29-for-93

Johnson City Cardinals - tie
Colby Rasmus – Center Field - .310/.383/.417
Randy Roth – Third Base - .310/.366/.632, 27-for-87

On Base Percentage
The Best
Bo Hart – Infield – Memphis Redbirds
.365/.436/.552. He walked twelve times in ninety-six at bats which for Bo is pretty darn good. This is Bo Hart, folks.

Balance of the Top Five
Brandon Yarbrough – Catcher – New Jersey Cardinals - .313/.436/.453 with fourteen walks in sixty-four at bats (Team Leader)
Andy Schutzenhofer – First Base – Palm Beach Cardinals - .275/.433/.313 with seventeen walks in eighty at bats (Team Leader)
Matt Shepherd – Infield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .324/.425/.454 with eighteen walks in one hundred eight at bats (Team Leader)
Chris Patrick – Infield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .354/.417/.500 with ten walks in eighty-two at bats

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
Tyler Minges – Right Field – .312/.363/.527 with seven walks in ninety-three at bats

Johnson City Cardinals
Charles Carter – Outfield - .308/.400/.508 with eleven walks in sixty-five at bats

Slugging
The Best
Randy Roth – Third Base – Johnson City Cardinals
.310/.366/.632 with eleven doubles, one triple and five home runs in eighty-seven at bats

Balance of the Top Five
Brian Martin – Out Field/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals - .348/.404/.607 with eleven doubles and four home runs in eighty-nine at bats (Team Leader)
Bo Hart – Infield – Memphis Redbirds - .365/.436/.552 with nine doubles and three home runs in ninety-six at bats (Team Leader)
Tyler Minges – Right Field – Springfield Cardinals - .312/.363/.527 with three doubles, one triple and five home runs in ninety-three at bats (Team Leader)
Matt Lemanczyk – Outfield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .311/.373/.521 with seven doubles, three triples and four home runs in one hundred nineteen at bats (Team Leader)

Additional Team Leaders
New Jersey Cardinals
Brandon Yarbrough – catcher - .313/.436/.453 with nine doubles in sixty-four at bats

On Base Plus Slugging
The Best
Brian Martin – Outfield/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals
.348/.404/.607/1.011

Balance of the Top Five
Randy Roth – Third Base – Johnson City Cardinals - .310/.366/.632/.999 (Team Leader)
Bo Hart – Infield – Memphis Redbirds - .365/.436/.552/.988 (Team Leader)
Chris Patrick – Infield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .354/.417/.500/.917 (Team Leader)
Charles Carter – Outfield – Johnson City Cardinals - .308/.400/.508/.908

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
Tyler Minges – Right Field – .312/.363/.527/.890

New Jersey Cardinals
Brandon Yarbrough - .313/.436/.453/.889

Runs Created
"Runs Created" or RC is a statistic created by Bill James to measure a player's total offensive production. Bill James describes it by saying that scoring runs consists of two actions: First - getting on base or creating base runners and Second - the advancing of those runners around the bases. The formula we used to ascertain each player's RC incorporates the stolen base element of offense.

The Best
Matt Lemanczyk - Outfield – Swing of the Quad Cities
RC of 25.00

Balance of the Top Five
Bo Hart – Infield – Memphis Redbirds – 23.04 (Team Leader)
Brian Martin – Outfield/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals – 22.27 (Team Leader)
Matt Shepherd – Infield – Swing of the Quad Cities – 20.95
Nick Stavinoha – Right Field – Swing of the Quad Cities – 20.15 (.310/.369/.466/.835)

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
Tyler Minges – Right Field – 17.54

New Jersey Cardinals
Tyler Greene – Shortstop - 13.08 (.267/.374/.344/.718)

Johnson City Cardinals
Randy Roth – Third Base – 19.49

Home Runs
The Best - tie
Travis Hanson – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals
Six home runs in one hundred twenty at bats

Eric Verbryke – Left Field – Swing of the Quad Cities
Six home runs in eighty-three at bats

Balance of the Top Five (or in this case Seven since there's a five-way tie)
Pete Zoccolillo – Outfield – Memphis Redbirds – five home runs in ninety-two at bats (co-Team Leader)
Raul Gonzalez – Outfield – Memphis Redbirds – five home runs in ninety-four at bats (co-Team Leader)
Tyler Minges – Right Field – Springfield Cardinals – five home runs in ninety-three at bats
Aaron Herr – Second Base – Springfield Cardinals – five home runs in ninety-nine at bats
Randy Roth – Third Base – Johnson City Cardinals – five home runs in eighty-seven at bats (Team Leader)

Additional Team Leaders
Palm Beach Cardinals
Brian Martin – Outfield/Designated Hitter – four home runs in eighty-nine at bats

New Jersey Cardinals
Matt Wilkerson – Outfield/Designated Hitter - three home runs in seventy-five at bats

Runs Batted In
The Best
Travis Hanson – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals
Twenty-five runs batted in – one hundred twenty at bats

Balance of the Top Five)
Brian Martin – Outfield/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals – twenty four in eighty-nine at bats (Team Leader)
Nick Stavinoha – Right Field – Swing of the Quad Cities – twenty-one in one hundred sixteen at bats (Team Leader)
Randy Roth – Third Base – Johnson City Cardinals – twenty in eighty-seven plate appearances (Team Leader)
Matt Lemanczyk – Outfield – Swing of the Quad Cities – eighteen in one hundred nineteen at bats

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Raul Gonzalez - Outfield – fourteen in ninety-four at bats

New Jersey Cardinals
Tyler Greene – Shortstop – fifteen in ninety at bats

Stolen Bases
The Best –
Matt Lemanczyk – Outfield – Swing of the Quad Cities
Thirteen stolen bases, one caught stealing

Balance of the Top Four (Only four are listed since there are seven players with three stolen bases tied for the fifth spot)
Tyler Greene – Shortstop – New Jersey Cardinals – eleven with no caught stealing (Team Leader)
Brendan Ryan – Shortstop – Springfield Cardinals – six with no caught stealing (Team Leader)
Matt Shepherd – Infield – Swing of the Quad Cities – five with two caught stealing

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Skip Schumaker – Center Field – two with no caught stealing

Palm Beach Cardinals
Jarrett Hoffpauir – Second Base – three with three caught stealing (.286/.371/.341/.712)

Johnson City Cardinals – three-way tie
Bryan Anderson – Catcher – three with no caught stealing (.263/.344/.421/.765)
Colby Rasmus – Center Field – three with no caught stealing
Randy Roth – Third Base - three with one caught stealing

Best Battin' Eye
The Best
Brendan Ryan – Shortstop – Springfield Cardinals
Brendan struck out on an average of once every eighteen at bats (5-for-89)

Balance of the Top Five
Juan Lucena – Shortstop – Swing of the Quad Cities – 1:16.6 (5-for-83) (Team Leader)
Jarrett Hoffpauir – Second Base – Palm Beach Cardinals – 1:11.4 (8-for-91) (Team Leader)
Charles Carter – Outfield – Johnson City Cardinals – 1:10.8 (6-for-65) (Team Leader)
Nick Stavinoha – Right Field – Swing of the Quad Cities – 1:0.6 (11-for-116)

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Bo Hart – Infield – 1:9.6 (10-for-96)

New Jersey Cardinals
Dan Nelson – Infield – 1:6.7 (11-for-74)


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