The Birdhouse 2005 Pitcher of the Year

Recognizing the best overall season by a pitcher in the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in 2005.

We have come to The Birdhouse Pitcher of the Year for the 2005 season. This stats-based award is presented to the pitcher having the best overall season on the mound. The pitcher had to have pitched at least sixty-seven innings with minimally half of his game appearances coming as starts, still be part of the Cardinals' system and not be on the disabled list at the end of the season.

There were several pitchers who excelled at various levels this season and determining the recipient of this award was not easy. But there was only one pitcher that placed either first or second in half of the six categories used to decide the Pitcher of the Year.

And the winner is….

Anthony Reyes – Right-Handed Starter – Memphis Redbirds

Reyes compiled a 7-6 record in twenty-three starts as a member of the Memphis rotation. In only his second professional season and pitching at the highest level in minor league baseball, Reyes held opposing batters to a .222 average which was good for third place in the Cardinals' system overall and the best of any starter over class A ball (also known as low-A).

His 1.08 WHIP landed him in second place in the system and was again tops for any starter pitching over the class A level. Reyes was also second among starters with his K/BB ratio of 4:1 and led all starters with a strikeout ratio of 9.5 for every nine innings pitched. His 2.38 BB/9 IP was .02 from finishing in the top five among starters in the system. He was seventh among starters with a 3.64 earned run average but this category was weighted the least as it is the most teammate-dependent of the six categories utilized.

After finishing his first season of professional ball at the Double-A level, Reyes was assigned to Triple-A Memphis to begin 2005. He was the second youngest pitcher on the roster, first behind Brad Thompson and later Chris Narveson. Reyes spent twenty days, from June 14th to July 4th, on the disabled list with a sore shoulder.

He made his major league debut on August 9th when he faced the Milwaukee Brewers. Reyes won that game as he limited the Brew Crew to two earned runs on two hits, one home run, and one walk in six and one-third innings. He struck out five.

Reyes was sent back to Memphis on August 12th but was called back up to St. Louis when the Memphis season finished on September 5th. Given what he accomplished this past season, it is not likely Reyes will qualify for this minor league award in 2006.

On behalf of Ray, Brian, Jason and the rest of The Birdhouse contributors, I congratulate Anthony Reyes on his 2005 season.

Numbers By The Month -

April  4 4 0  2-1 25.1 19 10 9 4 4 26 3.20 0.91 6.5 9.24 1.42
May  6 6  2, 1 SHO  3-1 39.1 27 11 9 1 9 32 2.06 0.92 3.6 7.3 2.1
June  2 2 0  1-1 6 7 5 5 0 3 8 7.50 1.67 2.7 12 4.5
July 6 6 0  1-1 30.1 29 12 12 3 8 36 3.56 1.22 4.5 10.7 2.4
August  4 4 0  0-2 21.2 20 17 17 5 7 26 7.06 1.25 3.7 10.8 2.9
September 1 1 0  0-0 6 3 0 0 0 3 8 0.00 1.00 2.7 12 4.5


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

Check out our new "Player Awards" page, where we list all pitcher and player awards for the 2005 season. You can always find it via a link located on the lower left of our homepage.

Finally, we have added a new permanent link to our "Top 40 Prospects" list, located on the lower left navigation bar on our homepage. Check it out! While you are there, also note the "My Hotlist" feature right beneath it. You can receive automatic notification any time news is posted about your favorite player(s).

© 2006 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.

The Cardinal Nation Top Stories