Cards Minors Players of the Month – July 2007

The Birdhouse recognizes the top offensive performances in 12 categories across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system for the month of July, 2007. The overall Player of the Month is Gulf Coast League Cardinals infielder Osvaldo Morales.

The Birdhouse Players of the Month Awards are back. Each month we give awards for those players leading the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system that month in various offensive categories and award an overall ‘Player of the Month'.

We let you know which player led each team in that category plus a top five. The player listed first at each level is that team's ‘Team Leader'. If a team does not have a player in the top five, a team leader is shown with a ‘TL' designation. Those players changing teams during the month are listed by the team with which they ended the month. Their stats have been combined.

Now, on to the awards –

Methodology for Choosing The Overall Winner
The top five in each of the ten qualifying categories were ranked numerically one through five with a team leader being noted only if he was not in the top five. (‘The Whiffer' is not a qualifying category for obvious reasons.) For July there were 23 players that placed in the top five in at least one category. Although no player ranked in all ten categories there was one that ranked in the top five in seven of the ten categories and another that ranked in six of the ten categories. Both players also met the additional criteria of age for the level at which they are playing, years of professional experience and how many seasons they had played at their current level. They were the two finalists. While both were very good during July, one was a bit stronger in some key categories. He was the winner -

Player of the Month for July 2007
Osvaldo Morales – First/Third Base – GCL Cardinals

.333/.408/.632/1.040, 29-for-87, 25 G, 11 R, 8 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 11 BB, 25 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, 10 E, 0 HBP, .411 BABIP, 22 RC, .299 ISO, 1:3.92 K/PA
Osvaldo Morales was signed by St. Louis in March 2006 out of the Dominican Republic. Morales, who turned 20 on July 4th, spent 2006 playing for the Dominican Summer League Cardinals where he hit six home runs and stole nine bases in 15 attempts. This season Morales was assigned to the GCL Cardinals. Through July 31st Morales was barely the squad leader for game appearances at third base but had made ten more game appearances at first base than he did at third.

Morales basically owned the power categories by placing first in Slugging, OPS and Isolated Power. He averaged a home run once every 14.5 at bats during July which was good for fourth in the system. Morales tied for second in the system with eight doubles. Further, he was in the top five in Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, Runs Created and Home Runs. Morales did not rank in Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases and Walks-to-Strikeouts ratio. His July performance has moved him into the prospect spotlight and made him one to watch in the future. In early August, Morales was promoted to Johnson City of the Appalachian League.

Honorable Mention
Steven Hill – Left Field/First Base/Catcher – Swing of the Quad Cities
.355/.378/.595/.973, 43-for-121, 27 G, 23 R, 8 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 5 BB, 27 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, 0 E, 0 HBP, .414 BABIP, 27 RC, .240 ISO, 1:4.5 K/PA
After being drafted out of Steven F. Austin in the 13th round this past June, Steven Hill was assigned to the short-season A Batavia team. Hill was promoted to Quad Cities after a mere ten games. He proceeded to split his time between left (13 game appearances), first (10 game appearances) and catcher (eight game appearances). The 22-year-old ranked in six of the ten categories and was the team leader in a seventh category. He was first in Batting Average, Runs Created and Runs Batted In but did not rank in On-Base Percentage, Stolen Bases and Walks-to-Strikeouts ratio.

When comparing Hill to Morales neither had an advantage in age for the level at which they were playing. While neither was young for the level at which they played the converse is also true. (Morales was probably at the upper end of the age range for his level.) Morales' ten errors are of concern but errors are an inadequate method for determining defensive ability and this award is primarily based on offense so the errors were not a big enough factor to sway the decision towards Hill. In the end the categories Morales won outweighed the ones that Hill won. However, Hill had an exciting first full month and it was a close decision.

Batting Average
The Best
Steven Hill – Left Field/First Base/Catcher – Swing of the Quad Cities
.355 batting average, 43 hits in 121 at bats

Balance of the Top Five

Rk

Player 

POS 

AVG 

AB 

Team

Level

2

Richardson, Juan

3B

0.343

35

102

Springfield

Double-A

3

Morales, Osvaldo

1B/3B

0.333

29

87

GCL Cards

Rookie

4

Cruz, Tony

3B

0.330

38

115

QC/Bat./JC

 

5

Riportella, Beau

LF/CF/RF

0.330

32

97

Johnson City

Rookie

TL

Gonzalez, Edgar V.

2B/3B

0.302

26

86

Memphis

Triple-A

TL

Yarbrough, Brandon

C

0.324

24

74

Palm Beach

A-Adv.

TL

Vasquez, Paul

C

0.296

24

81

Batavia

Short-A

On Base Percentage
The Best
Nick Derba – Catcher – Quad Cities/Batavia
.453 on-base percentage, 25 H, 16 BB, 2 HBP in 77 at bats.

Balance of the Top Five

Rk

Player 

POS 

OBP

BB 

HBP

AB 

Team

2

Richardson, Juan

3B

0.425

35

13

3

102

Springfield

3

Toribio, Guillermo

2B/SS

0.415

20

17

2

75

GCL Cards

4

Morales, Osvaldo

1B/3B

0.408

29

11

0

87

GCL Cards

5

Schweitzer, Jared

2B/1B

0.406

27

13

1

87

Quad Cities

TL

Hoffpauir, Jarrett

2B

0.392

25

15

0

87

Memphis/Sp

TL

Nelson, Dan

Utility

0.346

21

15

0

89

Palm Beach

TL

Brown, Andrew

1B/3B

0.354

25

8

2

88

Batavia

TL

Mulligan, Casey

C

0.402

22

18

1

83

Johnson City

Slugging
The Best
Osvaldo Morales – First Base/Third Base – GCL Cardinals
.632 slugging percentage, with eight doubles and six home runs in 87 at bats

Balance of the Top Five

Rk

Player 

POS 

SLG

2B

3B

HR

AB 

Team

2

Hill, Steven

LF/1B/C

0.595

8

0

7

121

Quad Cities

3

Richardson, Juan

3B

0.569

8

0

5

102

Springfield

4

Lara, Edgar

RF

0.568

5

2

6

88

GCL Cards

5

Bozied, Tagg

1B

0.557

4

0

8

97

Memphis

TL

Yarbrough, B.

C

0.554

6

4

1

74

Palm Beach

TL

Brown, Andrew

1B/3B

0.500

3

5

2

88

Batavia

TL

Riportella, Beau

LF/CF/RF

0.443

3

1

2

97

Johnson City

On Base Plus Slugging
The Best
Osvaldo Morales – First Base/Third Base – GCL Cardinals
1.040 OPS, .408 on-base plus .632 slugging percentage

Balance of the Top Five

Rk

Player 

POS 

OBP

SLG

OPS

Team

Level

2

Richardson, Juan

3B

0.425

0.569

0.994

Springfield

Double-A

3

Hill, Steven

LF/1B/C

0.378

0.595

0.973

Quad Cities

A

4

Bozied, Tagg

1B

0.388

0.557

0.945

Memphis

Triple-A

5

Cruz, Tony

3B

0.383

0.539

0.922

QC/Bat./JC

 

TL

Yarbrough, B.

C

0.338

0.554

0.892

Palm Beach

A-Adv.

TL

Brown, Andrew

1B/3B

0.354

0.500

0.854

Batavia

Short-A

TL

Riportella, Beau

LF/CF/RF

0.371

0.443

0.815

Johnson City

Rookie

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
Steven Hill – Left Field/First Base/Catcher – Swing of the Quad Cities
RC of 27

Balance of the Top Five

Rk

Player 

POS 

RC

Team

Level

2

Richardson, Juan

3B

23.7

Springfield

Double-A

3

Cruz, Tony

3B

23.4

QC/Batavia/JC

 

4

Morales, Osvaldo

1B/3B

22.1

GCL Cardinals

Rookie

5

Bozied, Tagg

1B

20.9

Memphis

Triple-A

TL

Yarbrough, Brandon

C

14.2

Palm Beach

A-Advanced

TL

Brown, Andrew

1B/3B

15.1

Batavia

Short-A

TL

Riportella, Beau

LF/CF/RF

17.4

Johnson City

Rookie

Home Runs
The Best
Rick Ankiel – Centerfield – Memphis Redbirds
Nine home runs in 105 at bats, 1:11.7 HR/AB

Balance of the Top Five

Rk

Player 

POS 

HR

AB

HR/AB

Team

Level

2

Bozied, Tagg

1B

8

97

1:12.1

Memphis

Triple-A

3T

Hill, Steven

LF/1B/C

7

121

1:17.3

Quad Cities

A

3T

Shorey, Mark

LF

7

91

1:13

Springfield

Double-A

5T

Morales, Osvaldo

1B/3B

6

87

1:14.7

GCL Cards

Rookie

5T

Lara, Edgar

RF

6

88

1:14.5

GCL Cards

Rookie

TL 

Garcia, Isa

2B

3

89

1:29.7

Palm Beach

A-Adv.

TL 

Brown, Andrew

1B/3B

2

88

1:44

Batavia

Short-A

TL 

Mulligan, Casey

C

3

83

1:27.7

Johnson City

Rookie

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
Osvaldo Morales – First Base/Third Base – GCL Cardinals
ISO of .299

Balance of the Top Five

Rank

Player 

POS 

ISO

Team

Level

2

Ankiel, Rick

CF

0.295

Memphis

Triple-A

3

Bozied, Tagg

1B

0.289

Memphis

Triple-A

4

Shorey, Mark

LF

0.286

Springfield

Double-A

5

Lara, Edgar

RF

0.284

GCL Cardinals

Rookie

TL

Garcia, Isa

2B

0.180

Palm Beach

A-Advanced

TL

Hill, Steven

LF/1B/C

0.240

Quad Cities

A

TL

Mulligan, Casey

C

0.145

Johnson City

Rookie

Runs Batted In
The Best
Steven Hill – Left Field/First Base/Catcher – Swing of the Quad Cities
28 runs batted in – 121 at bats

Balance of the Top Five

Rank

Player 

POS 

RBI

AB

Team

Level

2T

Richardson, Juan

3B

24

102

Springfield

Double-A

2T

Martinez, Jose

SS

24

96

Springfield

Double-A

7

Ankiel, Rick

CF

23

105

Memphis

Triple-A

5T

Lara, Edgar

RF

21

88

GCL Cardinals

Rookie

5T

Cruz, Tony

3B

21

115

QC/Batavia/JC

 

TL

Yarbrough, Brandon

C

16

74

Palm Beach

A-Advanced

TL

Descalso, Daniel

3B/1B

14

92

Batavia

Short-A

TL

Folli, Mike

2B/3B

18

111

Johnson City

Rookie

Stolen Bases
The Best – Five-Way Tie

Rank

Player 

POS 

SB

CS

Team

Level

1T

Riportella, Beau

LF

6

0

Johnson City

Rookie

1T

DeJesus, Antone

CF

6

1

QC/Batavia

 

1T

Marmol, Oliver

SS

6

1

Batavia

Short-A

1T

Pham, Tommy

CF

6

2

Batavia

Short-A

1T

Rapoport, Jim

CF

6

3

Palm Beach

A-Advanced

Team Leaders

Rank

Player 

POS 

SB

CS

Team

Level

TL

Ankiel, Rick

CF

2

0

Memphis

Triple-A

TL

Danielson, Sean

RF/CF

5

1

Springfield

Double-A

TL

Toribio, Guillermo

2B/SS

5

2

GCL Cardinals

Rookie

Best Battin' Eye
The Best
Jarrett Hoffpauir – Second Base – Memphis Redbirds/Springfield Cardinals
1.7:1 BB/SO ratio, 15 walks to nine strikeouts in 103 plate appearances

Others That Accomplished This Feat

Player 

POS 

BB/SO

BB

SO

PA

Team

Level

McCoy, Mike

UT

1.33

16

12

88

Memphis

Triple-A

DeJesus, Antone

CF

1.27

19

15

107

QC/Batavia

 

Gonzalez, Edgar V.

2B/3B

1.33

12

9

99

Memphis

Triple-A

Nelson, Dan

UT

1.25

15

12

104

Palm Beach

A-Advanced

Lucena, Juan

2B/3B

1.50

6

4

93

Springfield

Double-A

Descalso, Daniel

3B/1B

1.08

13

12

109

Batavia

Short-A

Bozied, Tagg

1B

1.06

18

17

116

Memphis

Triple-A

The Whiffer
If it comes near the plate, they started swinging…

The Biggest –
Edgar Lara – Right Field – GCL Cardinals
29 strikeouts in 96 plate appearances, 1:3.3 K/PA ratio

Balance of the Top Five

Rk

Player 

POS 

SO

PA

K/PA

Team

Level

2

Rasmus, Colby

CF

28

97

3.46

Springfield

Double-A

3

Shorey, Mark

LF

28

102

3.64

Springfield

Double-A

4

Morales, Osvaldo

1B/3B

25

98

3.92

GCL Cards

Rookie

5

Edwards, Jon

CF

24

97

4.04

Johnson City

Rookie

TL

Ankiel, Rick

CF

21

116

5.52

Memphis

Triple-A

TL

Buckman, Brandon

1B

22

104

4.73

Palm Beach

A-Adv.

TL

Reyes, Christian

DH/1B/C

25

111

4.44

Quad Cities

A

TL

Pham, Tommy

CF

26

110

4.23

Batavia

Short-A

Qualifiers: Bryan Anderson, Rick Ankiel, Domnit Bolivar, Tagg Bozied, Andrew Brown, Brandon Buckman, Tony Cruz, Sean Danielson, Antone DeJesus, Nick Derba, Daniel Descalso, Jon Edwards, Mike Folli, Isa Garcia, Edgar V. Gonzalez, Luke Gorsett, Joey Hage, Mark Hamilton, Steven Hill, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Daryl Jones, Edgar Lara, Juan Lucena, Oliver Marmol, Jose Martinez, Joe Mather, Mike McCoy, Osvaldo Morales, Casey Mulligan, Dan Nelson, Tommy Pham, Jim Rapoport, Colby Rasmus, Christian Reyes, Juan Richardson, Beau Riportella, Justin Roberson, Casey Rowlett, Jared Schweitzer, Mark Shorey, Donovan Solano, Nathan Southard, Nick Stavinoha, Guillermo Toribio, A. J. Van Slyke, Paul Vasquez, Brandon Yarbrough

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



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