Todd Named Cards Minors Starter of the Year

Right-hander Jess Todd is our Starting Pitcher of the Year for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in 2008. The 22-year-old posted a 2.88 ERA across three levels.

In Jess Todd's first full season and second partial season in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, one could not blame him if he had trouble remembering where he was when he woke up each morning.


The 22-year-old began the season in A-Advanced Palm Beach after bypassing Quad Cities of the Midwest League. He spent the majority of his season with Double-A Springfield before finishing with Triple-A Memphis. Across the three levels, the right-hander posted an 8-6 record with a .213 opposing batting average and finished with an ERA of 2.88.


More importantly, in my time covering the Cardinals, I do not recall any player having a more decorated season from start to finish than Todd enjoyed in 2008.


In April, Todd got out of the blocks quickly, earning the Organization's Pitcher of the Month. He went 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in six Florida State League appearances, including three tandem starts. In 24 1/3 innings, Todd struck out 31 batters while only walking five. Opponents hit .174 against him, and he yielded only three extra-base hits, including no home runs.


Three days later, he was promoted to Springfield. But, Todd was not forgotten, being named after the fact to the Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star Team.


On May 27, Todd took a perfect game into the seventh inning for Springfield, a club record. The next time out, he allowed a leadoff hit followed by seven more hitless innings. At that point, Todd was carrying a 0.91 ERA in his first 29 2/3 innings at Springfield on the way to earning our Cardinals Starter of the Month Award for May.


With June came more awards, as Todd was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending June 1. Later that week, he was named to his second All-Star Team of the season and third in two years.


During the Texas League All-Star Game on June 25, he pitched two innings, struck out five batters and got a hit on top of it. Todd topped off the month when he again was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week on June 30.


By July, the accolades continued as Todd traveled to New York in the final year of Yankee Stadium as he was named to the MLB All-Star Futures Game, held in The Bronx on July 13.


On August 10, Todd was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, finishing his short Double-A stint with a 4-5 record and a 2.97 ERA in 17 games with Springfield. He struck out 84 and walked 21 in 103 innings there.


In a measure of the impression that remained after Todd moved on, for the second time this past season, Todd was named to an all-star team after having left the appropriate league. He was selected as a Texas League Post-Season All-Star on August 25.


The Cardinals' second-round selection (82nd player overall) in 2007 from the University of Arkansas, Todd finished his whirlwind year by going 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in four starts for Memphis.


To close out the season, the 5-foot-11, 210-pounder was tabbed the St. Louis Cardinals organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year on September 27 and a resulting invitation to the Cards major league spring training camp in 2009.




Oh yes, the 22-year-old was previously named our Springfield Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year, as well.



The others


As a reminder, following is the full list of our 2008 Starting Pitchers of the Year at the various levels of the Cardinals system. (insider logo) subscribers can click on the players' names to read the detailed articles on each, recapping their 2008 accomplishments, quotes and much more:


Memphis: Mitchell Boggs

Springfield: Todd

Palm Beach: Shaun Garceau

Quad Cities: Nick Additon

Batavia: Thomas Eager

Johnson City: Deryk Hooker/Scott McGregor

Gulf Coast League: Chris Notti

Dominican Summer League: Angel Cruz

Venezuelan Summer League: Geney Rios


By the numbers


As with all system-wide awards, there was significant competition. Our own Leonda Markee assembled 2008 system-wide stats, both traditional and sabermetric, for Cardinals minor league starting pitchers.


Minimum qualifications: For tandem starters, 1/2 IP for every game played; all others 1 IP for every game played.


Earned Run Average
Rk Player  Team ERA  GS  IP  ER 
1 Nick Additon PB/QC 2.23 28 22 137 34
2 Deryk Hooker QC/JC 2.77 15 12 65 20
3 Jess Todd Mem/Sf/PB 2.88 28 24 153 49
4 Ramon Delgado Bat 2.96 15 7 54.2 18
5 Shaun Garceau PB/QC 3.14 25 22 123.1 43
DIPS Earned Run Average
Rk Player  Team GS  dERA dIP dER
T1 Ramon Delgado Bat 15 7 2.58 57.1 16.3
T1 Deryk Hooker QC/JC 15 12 2.58 66.9 19.2
3 Jameson Maj QC/Bat 14 8 2.80 61.1 19.0
4 Chuckie Fick QC 20 13 3.22 95.8 34.3
5 Reynier Gonzalez JC 14 9 3.25 53.6 19.4
Rk Player  Team FIP HR  BB  HB  SO 
1 Ramon Delgado Bat 2.52 1 13 1 46
2 Deryk Hooker QC/JC 2.62 3 20 3 73
3 Jameson Maj QC/Bat 2.72 4 8 1 54
4 Chuckie Fick QC 3.15 6 15 2 67
5 Kyle Mura Sf/PB 3.33 8 19 5 79
Rk Player  Team ERA  IP  BB  WHIP 
1 Jess Todd Mem/Sf/PB 2.88 153 116 42 1.03
2 Nick Additon PB/QC 2.23 137 103 40 1.04
3 Jameson Maj QC/Bat 4.20 60 62 8 1.17
T4 Deryk Hooker QC/JC 2.77 65 58 20 1.20
T4 Chuckie Fick QC 3.17 93.2 97 15 1.20
Strikeouts-to-Walks Ratio
Rk Player  Team IP  BB  SO  K/BB
1 Jameson Maj QC/Bat 60 8 54 6.8
2 Chuckie Fick QC 93.2 15 67 4.5
3 Kyle Mura Sf/PB 135 19 79 4.2
4 Deryk Hooker QC/JC 65 20 73 3.7
5 Ramon Delgado Bat 54.2 13 46 3.5
The Flamethrowers
Rk Player  Team IP  SO  K/9IP
T1 Deryk Hooker QC/JC 65 73 10.1
T1 Blake King PB/QC 93.2 105 10.1
3 Michael Blazek JC 46.1 47 9.1
T4 Matthew North JC 42.1 42 8.9
T4 Reynier Gonzalez JC 53.2 53 8.9
T4 P.J. Walters Mem/Sf 158 156 8.9
The Control Artists
Rk Player  Team IP  BB  BB/9IP
1 Jameson Maj QC/Bat 60 8 1.2
T2 Kyle Mura Sf/PB 135 19 1.3
T2 Brian Broderick QC 81 12 1.3
4 Chuckie Fick QC 93.2 15 1.4
5 Ramon Delgado Bat 54.2 13 2.1
Batting Average Against
Rk Player  Team IP  TBF BAA
1 Nick Additon PB/QC 137 103 552 0.208
2 Jess Todd Mem/Sf/PB 153 116 609 0.212
3 Shaun Garceau PB/QC 123.1 96 523 0.215
4 Mitchell Boggs Mem 125.1 107 508 0.235
5 Thomas Eager Bat/QC 108 93 463 0.236
Innings Eaters
Rk Player  Team GS  IP 
1 P.J. Walters Mem/Sf 29 29 158
2 Jess Todd Mem/Sf/PB 28 24 153
3 Brandon Dickson Sf/PB 29 23 144.2
4 Clayton Mortensen Mem/Sf 26 25 139.2
5 Tyler Herron PB/Sf 27 24 138



Congratulations to our St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year, Jess Todd!



Master article with all 2008 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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