Choosing a season-best starting pitcher for the Springfield Cardinals this year was almost a no-brainer. Jess Todd could have taken the prize home with only one of the many accomplishments he made in 2008.
started the year in
He also was named both a Texas League and Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star as well as being named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team. Todd also played in the 2008 Futures Game at Yankee Stadium on July 13 of this season.
in the mid-90s, the right-hander was ranked the #18 prospect in the Cardinals
organization prior to the season by our team here at Scout.com and #9 by
minorleaguebaseball.com. This season, he ranked number seven in Baseball
Todd was named Texas League Pitcher of the Week on June 7, selected to represent the North Division in the Texas League All-Star Game on June 25, where he pitched two innings, struck out five batters and got a hit. He was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for a second time on June 30.
On August 10, Todd was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He was named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team on August 25, and was tabbed the St. Louis Cardinals organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year on September 27.
No wonder it was easy picking a top pitcher--there were no honors left for any of the other pitchers. Todd claimed the lion's-share of them for himself. I am exhausted just from listing all of his accomplishments--and I have only touched the tip of the iceberg.
Last season, with the Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn, short-season A), he got the win in his first professional game on June 20 (4.0, 0 runs, 5 strikeouts), was named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 23-29 (2-0, 1.13 ERA, 8.0 ip, 6 h, 1 r, 2 bb, 15 k) was named to the New York-Penn League's midseason All-Star Game for the National League-affiliated team on August 9, was the Minors Player of the Week three times, ranked #13 on Baseball America's New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects List on September 26, went 0-1 with a 0.90 ERA, one earned run, one hit, zero walks and 15 strikeouts in 10.0 innings for the Cardinals instructional league, was named in the Best Fastball and Best Secondary Pitch sections in Baseball America's 2007 St. Louis Cardinals Draft Report Card, and was named the Starting Pitcher of the Year for Batavia here at Scout.com.
a collegian, the 22-year-old Todd pitched for the
Todd uses four pitches--a fastball, a sinker, a slider and a change-up. He was selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2007 draft and groomed to be a relief pitcher but took on the duties of starter early in his professional career.
Born: April 20, 1986
His statistics are a clear sign of Todd's abilities and future hopes with the parent club.
Congratulations to our
Master article with all 2008 Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year and the schedule for daily announcements: link. (This link is also permanently located at the lower left of The Birdhouse home page.)
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