The four are repeaters from the mid-season Texas League All-Star team that played in the July 1 game. All except Hearne have been named by the Cardinals to participate in the prestigious Arizona Fall League in October and November.
Springfield had nine players represented on the larger mid-season Texas League All-Star rosters. Outfielder Daryl Jones, catcher Steven Hill, shortstop Pete Kozma and reliever Francisco Samuel were selected, as was first baseman Mark Hamilton, unable to play due to promotion to Memphis.
In a less positive note, the Cardinals were completely shut out of three other league post-season All-Star teams, from the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, A-Advanced Florida State League and rookie-level Dominican Summer League. Partially due to the trade of multiple top prospects his summer, the overall ranking comparison of the Cardinals system to its peers is sure to take a hit this winter.
Trey Hearne is one of the feel-good stories of the season. It serves as quite a contrast to last year. In 2008, with seemingly no place to pitch on the US-based rosters, the now-26-year-old was shuffled off to the Mexican League. There he made nine starts before losing the remainder of the season due to injury.
Here in 2009, the 28th-round pick in 2005 has been a workhorse for Springfield, logging 119 2/3 innings. The results have been great, too, as the right-hander has an 11-3 record with a 3.01 ERA in 23 games, including 17 starts. Hearne also made four fill-in starts for Triple-A Memphis, going 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He was our Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso was the first-half offensive leader for Springfield in 2009. He got right out of the gates quickly as he received our Scout.com Cardinals Player of the Month award for April. On July 3, the left-handed hitter was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds after posting a most impressive line of .323/.396/.531 for Springfield.
The 22-year-old was taken in the third round of the 2007 draft from UCal-Davis and is one of the breakout players in the system after posting an OPS of just .698 last season, mostly with Palm Beach. In addition to his AFL berth, Descalso was recently selected as one of the 24-man squad to represent the USA in September's World Cup competition.
Outfielder Tyler Henley has been one of the perhaps most quiet, but effective standouts for Springfield all season long. The 24-year-old, the Cardinals' eighth-round pick in 2007 from Rice, is known for his tough, hardnosed play.
Henley has put up a line of .306/.371/.489 in his initial Double-A action. He has 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 405 at-bats over 117 Texas League contests in 2009 and was the league's Player of the Week for the period of July 13-19.
Right-hander Lance Lynn was taken by the Cardinals 39th overall in the 2008 draft from Ole Miss. He is excelling at the Double-A level in just his first year in full-season ball. After five appearances to start the season with Palm Beach, Lynn was promoted to Springfield on May 2.
Since then, the 22-year-old has proven to be one of the Texas League's top pitchers and in fact, in the Cardinals system. Lynn has posted a 11-4 record and a 2.92 ERA. He has fanned 98 but also walked 51 in 126 1/3 Double-A innings this season. Lynn was our Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May.
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