The 22-year-old led all Cardinals organization rookie relievers in WHIP and saves. His 23 saves were the second-best mark in the New York-Penn League and the third best in the entire St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. The opposition managed only a .162 average against him which was not only stingiest of any rookie reliever but was tops among all relievers who qualified.
The flame-throwing right-hander finished second in K/9 with 12.2. The University of California-Riverside product showed excellent command, averaging 2.7 strikeouts for every base on balls.
32nd round pick Samuel Freeman opened plenty of eyes with his excellent debut pitching out of the Johnson City and later, Palm Beach bullpens. The southpaw led all the rookie relievers by averaging 13 K/9 IP. Freeman led the first-year relievers in FIP.
The former Kansas Jayhawk showed excellent command with a 2.9-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio while allowing the opposition only a .235 batting average.
After finishing up his Louisiana State career in Omaha at the College World Series, Jared Bradford held his own against the hitters of the Midwest League. Bradford was masterful with his control while toeing the rubber for the Quad Cities.
The former Bayou Bengal struck out four batters for every one he walked, which comes out to a 1.6 walks per nine innings average, both tops among this group. He finished second to Reifer in WHIP and third in FIP.
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 first-year Cardinals minor league relief pitchers.
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