Cardinals Players of the Month Awards - May

Presenting our final set of monthly awards covering the Cardinals minor league system. First up was starting pitchers, then bullpen leaders followed. Today's focus is on the hitting standouts from last month.

The Birdhouse Players of the Month Awards

May 2006

It is time for The Birdhouse Players of the Month Awards. Each month we give awards for those players leading the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system that month in various offensive categories. A ‘Player of the Month' award is also given out and is based on their overall performance across the given categories instead of being tied solely to batting average.

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.

Now, on to the awards –

Methodology for Choosing the Overall Winner
The top five in each of the ten categories were ranked numerically one through five with the team leader being noted only if he was not in the top five. For May there were nineteen players that either placed in the top five in at least one category or was a team leader in at least one category. None ranked in all ten categories. One hitter ranked in eight-of-ten categories, another made seven-of-ten categories and two placed in five-of-ten.

Four additional criteria were applied: age, minor league level, years of professional experience and prior experience at their current level. Both of the top two finishers are experienced veterans who are not prospects. However, even with the goal of this award being to acknowledge prospects, the gap in ranking-per-category between the top two and the first actual prospect, infielder Dan Nelson who ranked in just four of ten categories, was too great. Thus, the decision came down to two players. Both play at the same level but one is three years younger and has less experience both in professional ball and at this level. Those points ended up being the determining factors.

Player of the Month for May 2006
Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals

.351/.400/.649/1.049, 34-for-97, 25 G, 20 R, 5 2B, 0 3B, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 5 BB, 27 SO, 0 SB, 2 CS, 3 E, 3 HBP, 23.47 RC, .299 ISO, 1:3.93 K/PA, 1:12.13 HR/AB

Batting Average
The Best
Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals
He hit .351, 34-for-97 in twenty-five games. He scored twenty runs as well.

Balance of the Top Five
2. Skip Schumaker – Centerfield – Memphis Redbirds – hit .337, 32-for-95 in twenty-five games (Team Leader)
3. - tie Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities – hit .330, 33-for-100 in twenty-seven games (co-Team Leader)
3. - tie Dan Nelson – Infielder – Swing of the Quad Cities – hit .330, 31-for-94 in twenty-seven games (co-Team Leader)
5. Timo Perez – Outfielder – Memphis Redbirds – hit .321, 35-for-109 in thirty-one games

Additional Team Leader
Palm Beach Cardinals
Juan Lucena – Second Base - .298, 28-for-94 in twenty-four games

On Base Percentage
The Best
Rico Washington – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals
.439 on-base percentage, 31-for-94 in twenty-six games with twenty walks and three hit-by-pitches.

Balance of the Top Five
2. Dan Nelson – Infielder – Swing of the Quad Cities - .438 on-base percentage, 31-for-94 in twenty-seven games with thirteen walks and five hit-by-pitches (Team Leader)
3. Brian Daubach – First Base – Memphis Redbirds - .411 on-base percentage, 26-for-89 in twenty-seven games with seventeen walks and three hit-by-pitches (Team Leader)
4. Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals - .400 on-base percentage, 34-for-97 with five walks and three hit-by-pitches
5. Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities - .393 on-base percentage, 33- for-104 with nine walks and four hit-by-pitches

Additional Team Leader
Palm Beach Cardinals
Ryan Barthelemy – First Base/Third Base - .357, 32-for-113 in twenty-eight games with three hit-by-pitches

Slugging
The Best
Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals
.351/.400/.649 with five doubles and eight home runs in ninety-seven at bats

Balance of the Top Five
2. Rico Washington – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals - .316/.439/.612 with seven doubles, two triples and six home runs in ninety-eight at bats
3. Jose Martinez – Second Base – Swing of the Quad Cities - .304/.345/.519 with five doubles and four home runs in seventy-nine at bats (Team Leader)
4. Timo Perez – Outfielder – Memphis Redbirds - .321/.388/.514 with seven doubles, one triple and four home runs in one hundred nine at bats (Team Leader)
5. Matt Dryer – Third Base – Palm Beach Cardinals - .295/.344/.511 with four doubles and five home runs in eighty-eight at bats (Team Leader) (combined)

On Base Plus Slugging
The Best
Rico Washington – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals
.316/.439/.612/1.051

Balance of the Top Five
2. Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals - .351/.400/.649/1.049
3. Dan Nelson – Infielder – Swing of the Quad Cities - .330/.438/.479/.916 (Team Leader)
4. Brian Daubach – First Base – Memphis Redbirds - .292/.411/.494/.905 (Team Leader)
5. Timo Perez – Outfielder – Memphis Redbirds - .321/.388/.514/.902

Additional Team Leader
Palm Beach Cardinals
Ryan Barthelemy – First Base/Third Base - .283/.357/.504/.862

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
Rico Washington – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals
RC of 26.41

Balance of the Top Five
2. Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals – RC of 23.47
3. Timo Perez – Outfielder – Memphis Redbirds – RC of 21.34 (Team Leader)
4. Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities – RC of 19.61 (Team Leader)
5. Ryan Barthelemy – First Base/Third Base – Palm Beach Cardinals – RC of 19.46

Home Runs
The Best
Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals
Eight home runs in ninety-seven at bats, one every 12.13 at bats

Balance of the Top Five
2. Rico Washington – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals – six home runs in ninety-eight at bats, one every 16.33 at bats
3. - tie Matt Dryer – Third Base – Palm Beach Cardinals – five home runs in eighty-eight at bats, one every 17.60 at bats (co-Team Leader)
3. - tie Terry Evans – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals – five home runs in one hundred ten at bats, one every 22 at bats (co-Team Leader)
3. – tie Brian Daubach – First Base – Memphis Redbirds – five home runs in eighty-nine at bats, one every 17.8 at bats (Team Leader)

Additional Team Leader
Swing of the Quad Cities
Jose Martinez – Second Base – four home runs in seventy-nine at bats, one every 19.75 at bats

Isolated Power
Isolated Power (ISO) is one of five primary production metrics used in identifying a hitter or pitcher's comparables. PECOTA uses a slightly modified version of Isolated Power that assigns the same value to triples as to doubles (extending a double into a triple is generally an indicator of speed, rather than additional power).

The Best
Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals
ISO of .299, slugging of .649

Balance of the Top Five
2. Rico Washington – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals – ISO of .276, slugging of .612
3. Matt Dryer – Third Base – Palm Beach Cardinals – ISO of .216, slugging of .511 (Team Leader) (combined)
4. Jose Martinez – Second Base – Swing of the Quad Cities – ISO of .215, slugging of .519 (Team Leader)
5. Ryan Barthelemy – First Base/Third Base – Palm Beach Cardinals – ISO of .204, slugging of .504

Additional Team Leader
Memphis Redbirds
Brian Daubach – First Base – ISO of .202, slugging of .494

Runs Batted In
The Best - tie
Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals
Twenty-four runs batted in – ninety-seven at bats

Rico Washington – Third Base – Springfield Cardinals
Twenty-four runs batted in – ninety-eight at bats

Balance of the Top Five
3. Ryan Barthelemy – First Base/Third Base – Palm Beach Cardinals – twenty-one runs batted in, one hundred thirteen at bats (Team Leader)
4. Randy Roth – Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities – nineteen runs batted in, one hundred four at bats (Team Leader)
5. Reid Gorecki – Centerfield – Springfield Cardinals – seventeen runs batted in, ninety-four at bats

Additional Team Leader
Memphis Redbirds
Brian Daubach – First Base – sixteen runs batted in, eighty-nine at bats

Stolen Bases
The Best –
Terry Evans – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals
ten stolen bases in ten attempts

Balance of the Top Six
2. Dan Nelson – Infielder – Swing of the Quad Cities – eight stolen bases in twelve attempts (Team Leader)
3. Tyler Greene – Shortstop – Palm Beach Cardinals – seven stolen bases in eight attempts
4. - tie Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities – five stolen bases in eight attempts
4. – tie Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities – five stolen bases in eight attempts
4. – tie Mike McCoy – Shortstop – Springfield Cardinals – five stolen bases in six attempts (Team Leader)

Additional Team Leader
Memphis Redbirds
Timo Perez – Outfielder – four stolen bases in five attempts

Best Battin' Eye
The Best
Jarrett Hoffpauir – Second Base – Springfield Cardinals
ten walks to five strikeouts in eighty-eight plate appearances

Balance of the Top Four
2. Cody Haerther – Left Field – Springfield Cardinals – ten walks to nine strikeouts in eighty-one plate appearances
3. Timo Perez – Outfielder – Memphis Redbirds – eleven walks to eleven strikeouts in one hundred twenty-three plate appearances
4. Michel Hernandez – Catcher – Memphis Redbirds – eleven walks to eleven strikeouts in one hundred five plate appearances

Comments
This award is based on a walks-to-strikeout ratio with players qualifying only if their walks exceeded or equaled their strikeouts.

Qualifiers: Bryan Anderson, Ryan Barthelemy, Luis Cotto, Sean Danielson, Brian Daubach, Matt Dryer, Kevin Estrada, Terry Evans, Iker Franco, Reid Gorecki, Tyler Greene, Cody Haerther, Travis Hanson, Michel Hernandez, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Juan Lucena, Jose Martinez, Joe Mather, Mike McCoy, Dan Nelson, Timo Perez, Cody Rasmus, Juan Richardson, Adam Rodgers, Randy Roth, Skip Schumaker, Rico Washington

Non-Qualifiers: Due to the large number of position players in the system, only qualifiers will be listed.


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