Cards Players of the Year: 2009

Each day during October into November, we'll again be rolling out our choices as the top players at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system from the summer of 2009. Who will take David Freese's crown as our Player of the Year?

Once again in 2009, the staff of The Cardinal Nation,, will crown three award winners from each level of the St. Louis Cardinals' system, our Minor League Starters, Relievers and Players of the Year.

We will be unveiling our selections, one award per day, throughout the entire month of October and into November, starting with the Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) Reliever of the Year all the way through the Memphis Redbirds Player of the Year, some special awards and of course, the three selections for the entire Cardinals minor league system for 2009.

Added this year are three comparable awards for major league club, too.

Though they watched these clubs and reported on them all summer long, our team of writers still have their work cut out for them to select the very best of the best from over 300 players. Yet this most knowledgeable group is more than qualified and again up to the challenge.

Note: Players are eligible at the level at which they had the most at-bats or innings pitched.

Premium Article While the winning names will be made available to all as this article is updated daily, the detailed commentary will be exclusively for subscribers.

This includes analysis from our local writers in affiliate cities as well as comments by Cardinals players, coaches and executives. We explain what tradeoffs were made and what we saw in the best players to take the field at each level of the Cardinals system during the 2009 season.

2009 Cardinals Award Winners

Team Relief Pitcher Starting Pitcher Position Player
Venezuelan Summer Hector Corpas Deimer Bier Hector Garcia
Dominican Summer Keury Herrera Charllan Jimenez Grabiel Hernandez
Gulf Coast (Rookie) Keith Butler Hector Hernandez Jonathan Rodriguez
Johnson City (SS-R) Aaron Terry Jesse Simpson Rich Racobaldo
Batavia (SS-A) Josh Squatrito Scott Schneider Kyle Conley
Quad Cities (A) David Carpenter Arquimedes Nieto Charles Cutler
Palm Beach (A+) Adam Reifer Richard Castillo Adron Chambers
Springfield (AA) Eduardo Sanchez Lance Lynn Daniel Descalso
Memphis (AAA) Pete Parise Evan MacLane Allen Craig
St. Louis (free) Ryan Franklin (free) Adam Wainwright (free) Albert Pujols (free)
Rookies of the Year (free) Josh Squatrito (free) Scott Schneider (free) Matt Adams (free)
Players of the Year (free) Eduardo Sanchez (free) Lance Lynn (free) Allen Craig (free)
Manager of the Year (free) Chris Maloney (free)

(Premium Article Subscribers: Click on the player name highlighted in the table above to be taken to that detailed article. In addition, click on each team name to read the 2009 overall summary for that level.)

If you ever forget the location of this article, you can always use the permanent link on the lower left of The Cardinal Nation homepage. You can also access our 2008 and 2007 Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year from there, too, as well as our Top Prospect lists from each of the last four winters.

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