Scout.com's Cards Players of the Month-June

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

June 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. An overall ‘Player of the Month' award is also given out, based on performance across the given categories.

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". State College and Johnson City players qualify for ‘team leader' only. 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 June there were sixteen 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. Two hitters ranked in nine-of-ten categories, another made eight-of-ten categories and yet another placed in seven-of-ten.

The four semi-finalists ranked in at least seven of the ten categories. Four additional criteria were then applied: age, minor league level(s) for the month in question, prior experience at that level and years of professional experience. There is a significant age gap within the group as three of the four were born in 1982 and the last was born in 1986. Two of the four stood out based on their performance ranking, one of which was the youth. A tip of the cap to outfielder Joe Mather and infielder Matt Dryer for their performances at Palm Beach in June but they did not make the final cut.

One of our two finalists ranked in nine-of-ten categories with the other ranking in seven-of-ten. The former had a more balanced performance but the latter placed first in five of the seven categories in which he was ranked and did it at higher minor league levels. Then again, he has significantly more professional experience and prior experience at the level at which he began the month. In the end all-round performance, youth and limited professional experience overcame a performance that was marginally better in fewer categories by an older professional veteran.

Player of the Month for June 2006
Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cites

.313/.384/.626/1.010, 31-for-99, 27 G, 19 R, 7 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 10 BB, 19 SO, 5 SB, 1 CS, 1 E, 2 HBP, 23.17 RC, .283 ISO, 1:6 K/PA, 1:16.50 HR/AB

Batting Average
The Best
Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities
He hit .327, 33-for-101 in twenty-seven games. He scored seventeen runs as well.

Balance of the Top Five
2.-tie Juan Lucena – Second Base – Palm Beach Cardinals – hit .314, 33-for-105 in twenty-five games (co-Team Leader)
2.-tie Joe Mather – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals – hit .314, 33-for-105 in twenty-seven games (co-Team Leader)
3. Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities – hit .313, 31-for-99 in twenty-seven games
5. Bryan Anderson – Catcher – Swing of the Quad Cities – hit .291, 23-for-79 in twenty-four games

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
John Nelson, Shortstop – hit .289, 24-for-83 in twenty-seven games

Springfield Cardinals
Terry Evans, Outfield – hit .284, 27-for-95 in twenty-six games (combined with Palm Beach)

State College Spikes
Mark Hamilton, First Base – hit .378, 14-for-37 in ten games

Johnson City Cardinals
Brandon Buckman, First Base – hit .412, 14-for-34 in nine games

On Base Percentage
The Best
John Nelson – Shortstop – Memphis Redbirds
.410 on-base percentage, 24-for-83 (.289) in twenty-seven games with seventeen walks and two hit-by-pitches

Balance of the Top Five
2. Bryan Anderson – Catcher – Swing of the Quad Cities - .389 on-base percentage, 23-for-79 (.291) in twenty-four games with twelve walks and two hit-by-pitches (Team Leader)
3. Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .389 on-base percentage, 31-for-99 (.313) in twenty-seven games with ten walks and two hit-by-pitches
4. Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities - .381 on-base percentage, 34-for-97 (.327) with seven walks and three hit-by-pitches
5. Joe Mather – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals - .379 on-base percentage, 33- for-105 (.314) with ten walks and one hit-by-pitch

Additional Team Leaders
Springfield Cardinals
Terry Evans, Outfield - .367 on-base percentage, 27-for-95 (.284) in twenty-six games, with seven walks and six hit-by-pitches (combined with Palm Beach)

State College Spikes
Mark Hamilton, First Base – .465 on-base percentage, 14-for-37 (.378) in ten games, with six walks

Johnson City Cardinals
Brandon Buckman, First Base – .459 on-base percentage, 14-for-34 (.412) in nine games, with three walks

Slugging
The Best
Terry Evans – Outfield – Springfield Cardinals
.284/.367/.653 with five doubles and ten home runs in ninety-five at bats (combined with Palm Beach)

Balance of the Top Five
2. Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .313/.384/.626 with seven doubles, three triples and six home runs in ninety-nine at bats
3. Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities - .327/.381/.564 with nine doubles and five home runs in one hundred one at bats
4. Matt Dryer – Third Base/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals - .287/.333/.563 with six doubles and six home runs in eighty-seven at bats (Team Leader)
5. Joe Mather – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals - .314/.379/.562 with six doubles, one triple and six home runs in one hundred five at bats

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Derek Wathan, infield - .267/.290/.556, with ten doubles, five triples and two home runs in ninety at bats

State College Spikes
Mark Hamilton, First Base – .378/.465/.811, with one double and five home runs in thirty-seven at bats

Johnson City Cardinals
Brandon Buckman, First Base – .412/.459/.676, with six doubles and one home run in thirty-four at bats

On Base Plus Slugging
The Best
Terry Evans – Outfield – Springfield Cardinals
.284/.367/.653/1.020 (combined with Palm Beach)

Balance of the Top Five
2. Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities - .313/.384/.626/1.010 (Team Leader)
3. Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities - .327/.381/.564/.945
4. Joe Mather – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals - .314/.379/.562/.941 (Team Leader)
5. Matt Dryer – Third Base/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals - .287/.333/.563/.897

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Derek Wathan, infield - .267/.290/.556/.846

State College Spikes
Mark Hamilton, First Base – .378/.465/.811/1.276

Johnson City Cardinals
Brandon Buckman, First Base – .412/.459/.676/1.136

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
Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities
RC of 23.17

Balance of the Top Five
2. Joe Mather – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals – RC of 22.15 (Team Leader)
3. Terry Evans – Outfield – Springfield Cardinals – RC of 21.77 (Team Leader) (combined)
4. Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities – RC of 21.11
5. Matt Dryer – Third Base/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals – RC of 16.52

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
John Nelson, Shortstop – RC of 15.44

State College Spikes
Mark Hamilton, First Base – RC of 13.95

Johnson City Cardinals
Brandon Buckman, First Base – RC of 10.57

Home Runs
The Best
Terry Evans – Outfield – Springfield Cardinals
Ten home runs in ninety-five at bats, one every 9.5 at bats (combined with Palm Beach)

Balance of the Top Six
2.-tie Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities – six home runs in ninety-nine at bats, one every 16.5 at bats (Team Leader)
2. - tie Joe Mather – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals – six home runs in one hundred five at bats, one every 17.50 at bats (co-Team Leader)
2. - tie Matt Dryer – Third Base/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals – six home runs in eighty-seven at bats, one every 14.5 at bats (co-Team Leader)
5. – tie Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities – five home runs in one hundred one at bats, one every 20.2 at bats
5.-tie Juan Richardson – First Base – Springfield Cardinals – five home runs in ninety-three at bats, one every 18.60 at bats

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Mike Rose, catcher – three home runs in eighty at bats, one every 26.7 at bats

State College Spikes
Mark Hamilton, First Base – five home runs in thirty-seven at bats, one every 7.4 at bats

Johnson City Cardinals
Three players had one home run

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
Terry Evans – Outfield – Springfield Cardinals
ISO of .368, slugging of .653 (combined with Palm Beach)

Balance of the Top Five
2. Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities – ISO of .283, slugging of .626 (Team Leader)
3. Matt Dryer – Third Base/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals – ISO of .276, slugging of .563 (Team Leader)
4. Joe Mather – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals – ISO of .238, slugging of .562
5. Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities – ISO of .238, slugging of .564

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Derek Wathan, infield – ISO of .233, slugging of .556

State College Spikes
Mark Hamilton, First Base – ISO of .432, slugging of .811

Johnson City Cardinals
Brandon Buckman, First Base – ISO of .265, slugging of .676

Runs Batted In
The Best
Terry Evans – Outfield – Springfield Cardinals
Twenty-six runs batted in – ninety-five at bats (combined with Palm Beach)

Balance of the Top Five
2. Joe Mather – Outfield – Palm Beach Cardinals – twenty-two runs batted in, one hundred five at bats
3. Colby Rasmus – Outfield – Swing of the Quad Cities – twenty-one runs batted in, ninety-nine at bats (Team Leader)
4. Matt Dryer – Third Base/Designated Hitter – Palm Beach Cardinals – nineteen runs batted in, eighty-seven at bats
5. Randy Roth – First Base/Third Base – Swing of the Quad Cities – eighteen runs batted in, one hundred one at bats

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Rico Washington, Third Base – nine runs batted in, ninety-one at bats

John Gall, Outfield/First Base – nine runs batted in, eighty-two at bats

State College Spikes
Mark Hamilton, First Base – eleven runs batted in, thirty-seven at bats

Johnson City Cardinals
Brandon Buckman, First Base – eight runs batted in, thirty-four at bats

Jon Edwards, Outfield – eight runs batted in, thirty-three at bats

Stolen Bases
The Best –
Tyler Greene – Shortstop – Palm Beach Cardinals
eight stolen bases in ten attempts

Balance of the Top Five
2. Terry Evans – Outfield – Springfield Cardinals – six stolen bases in seven attempts (Team Leader) (combined with Palm Beach)
3.–tie Mike McCoy – Shortstop – Springfield Cardinals – five stolen bases in five attempts
3.-tie Colby Rasmus – Centerfield – Swing of the Quad Cities – five stolen bases in six attempts (co-Team Leader)
3.-tie Casey Rowlett – Outfield/Utility – Swing of the Quad Cities – five stolen bases in seven attempts (co-Team Leader)

Additional Team Leaders
Memphis Redbirds
Three players had three stolen bases

State College Spikes
Jim Rapoport, Centerfield – five stolen bases in six attempts

Johnson City Cardinals
Nelson Lugo, Outfield – two stolen bases in two attempts

Thomas Pham, Shortstop – two stolen bases in two attempts

Best Battin' Eye
The Best
Juan Lucena – Second Base – Palm Beach Cardinals
five walks to four 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. This month there was only one player with sufficient at bats that walked more than he struck out.

Qualifiers: Bryan Anderson, Ryan Barthelemy, Sean Danielson, Matt Dryer, Terry Evans, Mike Ferris, John Gall, Reid Gorecki, Tyler Greene, Travis Hanson, Juan Lucena, Jose Martinez, Joe Mather, Mike McCoy, Dan Nelson, John Nelson, Colby Rasmus, Juan Richardson, Mike Rose, Randy Roth, Casey Rowlett, Skip Schumaker, Rico Washington, Derek Wathan

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


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