2005 Birdhouse Pitchers of the Year Awards

Recognizing the top mound performances in the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in 2005.

It is time for the Birdhouse Pitchers of the Year Awards. Like our monthly awards we recognize those pitchers leading the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in various categories. We let you know which starter and reliever led each team in that category plus a top five. A starter must have met the following criteria: 1) Pitched a minimum of sixty-seven innings, one inning pitched per game played by Johnson City (the team with the fewest games played for the season in the Cardinals' minor league system) and 2) At least half of their game appearances must have been as starts. Relievers must have appeared in at least ten games and pitched twenty innings to qualify.

All qualifying pitchers must have finished the season on the active roster except for those pitchers called up to St. Louis as a result of the "September call-ups". (The point is to eliminate those pitchers that either finished the season on the disables list or were no longer with the team.) The Johnson City rotation will be recognized as a "Team Leader" only as none of them qualified due to the minimum innings pitched requirement. Those pitchers changing teams during the season are listed by the team with which they ended the season. The other levels at which they pitched during the year are also given. Their stats are differentiated with the word "combined".

The Birdhouse staff congratulates all the "winners" and thanks each and every pitcher in the Cardinals' system in 2005 for their efforts.

Now, on to the awards –

Earned Run Average
The Best
Starter RHP Nick Webber – Swing of the Quad Cities (New Jersey Cardinals)
15 G, 14 GS, 5-6, 2.41 ERA, twenty-two earned runs in eighty-two innings pitched (combined stats)

Reliever RHP Cory Doyne – Springfield Cardinals (Swing of the Quad Cities, Palm Beach Cardinals)
56 G, 0 GS, 3-1, 19 SV, 1.62 ERA, sixty-six and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats)

Balance of the Top Five Starters
2. RHP Phillip Andersen – Swing of the Quad Cities – 2.96 ERA, thirty-three earned runs in one hundred and one-third innings pitched
3. LHP Oscar Alvarez – Palm Beach Cardinals – 3.00 ERA, forty-seven earned runs in one hundred forty-one innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Springfield Cardinals)
4. LHP Eric Haberer – Palm Beach Cardinals – 3.12 ERA, fifty-two earned runs in one hundred fifty innings pitched (combined stats with the Swing of the Quad Cities)
5. RHP Mark Nussbeck – Springfield Cardinals – 3.00 ERA, thirteen earned runs in thirty-nine innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Memphis Redbirds)

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
RHP Chris Gissell – 3.54 ERA, fifty-four earned runs in one hundred thirty-seven and one-third innings pitched

New Jersey Cardinals
LHP Zach Zuercher – 3.73 ERA, thirty-four earned runs in eighty-two innings pitched

Johnson City
RHP Josh Wilson – 4.22 ERA, twenty-five earned runs in fifty-three and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five Relievers
2. RHP Mark Worrell – Palm Beach Cardinals – 2.25 ERA, fourteen earned runs in fifty-six innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Jason Cairns – Swing of the Quad Cities – 2.43 ERA, ten earned runs in thirty-seven innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the New Jersey Cardinals)
4. RHP Scott Vander Weg – New Jersey Cardinals – 2.45 ERA, seven earned runs in twenty-five and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Matt Trent – Swing of the Quad Cities – 2.51 ERA, eight earned runs in twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
RHP Josh Pearce – 3.75 ERA, twenty-four earned runs in fifty-seven and two-thirds innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
LHP Daniel Borne – 2.74 ERA, seven earned runs in twenty-three innings pitched

WHIP
The Best
Starter RHP Nick Webber – Swing of the Quad Cities (New Jersey Cardinals)
15 G, 14 GS, 5-6, 82 IP, 63 H, 24 BB, 1.06 WHIP, 2.41 ERA (combined stats)

Reliever RHP Trey Hearne – New Jersey Cardinals
24 G, 1 GS, 4-2, 0 SV, 38.2 IP, 25 H, 12 BB, 0.96 WHIP, 2.56 ERA

Balance of the Top Five Starters
2. RHP Anthony Reyes – Memphis Redbirds – 1.08 WHIP, one hundred five hits, thirty-four walks in one hundred twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. LHP Zach Zuercher – 1.11 WHIP, sixty-six hits, twenty-five walks in eighty-two innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Mark Nussbeck – Springfield Cardinals – 1.13 WHIP, eighty-three hits, fourteen walks in eighty-five and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats with the Memphis Redbirds)
5. RHP Phillip Andersen – Swing of the Quad Cities – 1.16 WHIP, seventy-nine hits, thirty-seven walks in one hundred and one-third innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Palm Beach Cardinals
RHP Mark Michael – 1.25 WHIP, sixty-eight hits, thirty-five walks in eighty-two and one-third innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Josh Wilson – 1.35 WHIP, forty-nine hits, twenty-three walks in fifty-three and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five Relievers
2. RHP Mark Worrell Jr. – Palm Beach Cardinals – 1.02 WHIP, thirty-eight hits, nineteen walks in fifty-six innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. LHP Kevin Ool – Springfield Cardinals – 1.13 WHIP, sixty-seven hits, nineteen walks in seventy-six and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with Swing of the Quad Cities and Palm Beach Cardinals)
4. RHP Cory Doyne – Springfield Cardinals – 1.17 WHIP, forty hits, thirty-eight walks in sixty-six and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats with the Swing of the Quad Cities and Palm Beach Cardinals)
5. RHP Josh Pearce – Memphis Redbirds – 1.20 WHIP, sixty hits, nine walks in fifty-seven and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Springfield Cardinals)

Additional Team Leaders
Swing of the Quad Cities
RHP Jaymie Torres – 1.24 WHIP, sixty-seven hits, twenty-eight walks in seventy-six and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats with the Palm Beach Cardinals)

Johnson City Cardinals
LHP Josh Schwartz – 1.21 WHIP, thirty hits, eleven walks in thirty-four innings pitched

Strike-Outs-to-Walks Ratio
The Best
Starter RHP Mark Nussbeck – Springfield Cardinals (Memphis Redbirds)
5.2:1 ratio, seventy-three strikeouts to fourteen walks in eighty-five and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats)

Reliever RHP Josh Pearce – Memphis Redbirds (Springfield Cardinals)
5:1 ratio, forty-five strikeouts to nine walks in fifty-seven and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats)

Balance of the Top Five Starters
2. RHP Anthony Reyes – Memphis Redbirds – 4:1 ratio, one hundred thirty-six strikeouts, thirty-four walks in one hundred twenty-six and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. LHP Randy Leek – Springfield Cardinals – 3.59:1 ratio, one hundred four strikeouts, twenty-nine walks in one hundred ninety-one and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats with the Memphis Redbirds)
4. LHP Bill Pulsipher – Memphis Redbirds – 3.43:1 ratio, one hundred three strikeouts, thirty walks in one hundred thirty-one innings pitched (combined stats with the Springfield Cardinals)
5. RHP Chris Gissell – Memphis Redbirds – 3.42:1 ratio, one hundred twenty-three strikeouts, thirty-six walks in one hundred thirty-seven and one-third innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Palm Beach Cardinals
RHP Jose Garcia – 2.98:1, one hundred twenty-two strikeouts, forty-one walks in one hundred thirty-four and one-third innings pitched

Swing of the Quad Cities
RHP Phillip Andersen – 2.32:1, eighty-six strikeouts, thirty-seven walks in one hundred and one-third innings pitched

New Jersey Cardinals
RHP Mitchell Boggs – 2.54:1 ratio, sixty-one strikeouts, twenty-four walks in seventy-one and two-thirds innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Matt Lane – 2.32:1 ratio, fifty-one strikeouts, twenty-two walks in fifty-five and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five Relievers
2. RHP Andy Cavazos – Springfield Cardinals – 4.79:1 ratio, sixty-seven strikeouts, fourteen walks in sixty and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Palm Beach Cardinals)
3. RHP Quinton Robertson – New Jersey Cardinals – 3.56:1 ratio, sixty-four strikeouts, eighteen walks in ninety-three and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Swing of the Quad Cities)
4. RHP Trey Hearne – New Jersey Cardinals – 3.50:1 ratio, forty-two strikeouts, twelve walks in thirty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched
5. RHP Kevin Fitzgerald – Johnson City Cardinals – 3:1 ratio, twenty-one strikeouts, seven walks in twenty-eight innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Palm Beach Cardinals
RHP Mark Worrell Jr.. – 2.79:1 ratio, fifty-three strikeouts, nineteen walks in fifty-six innings pitched

Swing of the Quad Cities
RHP Jaymie Torres – 2.21:1 ratio, sixty-two strikeouts, twenty-eight walks in seventy-six and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats with the Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Flamethrowers
The Best
Starter RHP Anthony Reyes – Memphis Redbirds
9.5 per nine innings pitched, one hundred thirty-six strikeouts in one hundred twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched

Reliever RHP Ryan Campbell – Johnson City Cardinals
14.33 per nine innings pitched, forty-three strikeouts in twenty-seven innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five Starters
2. RHP Jose Garcia – Palm Beach Cardinals – 8.17 per nine innings pitched, one hundred twenty-two strikeouts in one hundred thirty-four and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Chris Gissell – Memphis Redbirds – 8.06 per nine innings pitched, one hundred twenty-three strikeouts in one hundred thirty-seven and one-third innings pitched
4. RHP Phillip Andersen – Swing of the Quad Cities – 7.71 per nine innings pitched, eighty-six strikeouts in one hundred and one-third innings pitched (Team Leader)
5. RHP Mark Nussbeck – Springfield Cardinals – 7.67 per nine innings pitched, seventy-three strikeouts in eighty-five and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Memphis Redbirds)

Additional Team Leaders
New Jersey Cardinals
RHP Mitchell Boggs – 7.66 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, sixty-one strikeouts in seventy-one and two-thirds innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Tyler Herron – 8.88 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, forty-nine strikeouts in forty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five Relievers
2. LHP Tyler Johnson – Memphis Redbirds – 11.75 per nine innings pitched, seventy-seven strikeouts in fifty-nine innings pitched (Team Leader)
3. RHP Mike Sillman – Swing of the Quad Cities – 10.55 per nine innings pitched, seventy-seven strikeouts in sixty-five and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader)
4. RHP Jimmy Journell – Memphis Redbirds – 10.42 per nine innings pitched, forty-nine strikeouts in forty-two and one-third innings pitched
5. RHP Scott Vander Weg – New Jersey Cardinals – 10.17 per nine innings pitched, twenty-nine strikeouts in twenty-five and two-thirds innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
RHP Andy Cavazos – 9.94 per nine innings pitched, sixty-seven strikeouts in sixty and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats with the Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach Cardinals
RHP Mark Worrell Jr. – 8.52 per nine innings pitched, fifty-three strikeouts in fifty-six innings pitched

Best Control
The Best
Starter LHP Randy Leek – Springfield Cardinals (Memphis Redbirds)
1.36 per nine innings pitched, twenty-nine walks in one hundred ninety-one and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats)

Reliever RHP Josh Pearce – Memphis Redbirds (Springfield Cardinals)
1.4 per nine innings pitched, nine walks in fifty-seven and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats)

Balance of the Top Five Starters
2. RHP Mark Nussbeck – Springfield Cardinals – 1.47 per nine innings pitched, fourteen walks in eighty-five and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats with the Springfield Cardinals)
3. LHP Bill Pulsipher – Memphis Redbirds – 2.06 per nine innings pitched, thirty walks in one hundred thirty-one innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Springfield Cardinals)
4. RHP Jordan Pals – Springfield Cardinals – 2.31 per nine innings pitched, forty-one walks in one hundred fifty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched
5. RHP Chris Gissell – Memphis Redbirds – 2.36 per nine innings pitched, thirty-six walks in one hundred thirty-seven and one-third innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Palm Beach Cardinals
RHP Mike Parisi – 2.58 per nine innings pitched, forty-seven walks in one hundred sixty-four innings pitched (combined stats with the Swing of the Quad Cities)

Swing of the Quad Cities
RHP Nick Webber – 2.63 per nine innings pitched, twenty-four walks in eighty-two innings pitched (combined stats with the New Jersey Cardinals)

New Jersey Cardinals
LHP Zach Zuercher – 2.74 per nine innings pitched, twenty-five walks in eighty-two innings pitched

Johnson City Cardinals
RHP Tyler Leach – 3.31 walks per nine innings pitched, thirteen walks in thirty-five and one-third innings pitched

Balance of the Top Five Relievers (or Six due to a tie)
2. RHP Quinton Robertson – New Jersey Cardinals – 1.73 per nine innings pitched, eighteen walks in ninety-three and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Swing of the Quad Cities)
3. RHP Andy Cavazos – Springfield Cardinals – 2.08 per nine innings pitched, fourteen walks in sixty and two-thirds innings pitched (Team Leader) (combined stats with the Palm Beach Cardinals)
4. LHP Kevin Ool – Springfield Cardinals – 2.24 per nine innings pitched, nineteen walks in seventy-six and one-third innings pitched (combined stats with the Swing of the Quad Cities and Palm Beach Cardinals)
5. RHP Kevin Fitzgerald – Johnson City Cardinals – 2.25 per nine innings pitched, seven walks in twenty-eight innings pitched

Additional Team Leaders
Palm Beach Cardinals
RHP Chris Russ – 2.68 per nine innings pitched, eleven walks in thirty-seven innings pitched

Swing of the Quad Cities
RHP Jaymie Torres – 3.29 per nine innings pitched, twenty-eight walks in seventy-six and two-thirds innings pitched (combined stats with the Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Innings Eaters
The Best
LHP Randy Leek – Springfield Cardinals (Memphis Redbirds)
One hundred ninety-six and two-thirds innings pitched in twenty-nine game appearances, twenty-eight game starts

Balance of the Top Five
2. RHP Adam Wainwright – Memphis Cardinals – one hundred eighty-two innings pitched in twenty-nine game appearances, twenty-nine game starts
3. RHP Mike Parisi – Palm Beach Cardinals – one hundred sixty-four innings pitched in twenty-seven game appearances, twenty-seven game starts (combined stats with the Swing of the Quad Cities)
4. RHP Jordan Pals – Springfield Cardinals – one hundred fifty-nine and two-thirds innings pitched in twenty-seven game appearances, twenty-seven game starts
5. LHP Eric Haberer – New Jersey Cardinals – one hundred fifty innings pitched in twenty-six game appearances, twenty-six game starts

Tomorrow, The Birdhouse Pitcher of the Year will be revealed. Do not miss that announcement.

Coming shortly will be a follow-up article with more stats and facts about the Cardinals' 2005 minor leaguers including a few categories not included in the 2005 awards, like HR/9 IP and Left-On-Base percentage.

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