Editor's note: Check back here through November 25 as our local writers call out the top players – starter, reliever and position player - at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. We'll conclude the series with the top three players across the entire organization – our 2007 Scout.com Cardinals Players of the Year.
We'll first look at the outstanding pitching performances and then move on to a breakout performance at the plate.
Starting Pitcher of the Year - Adam Ottavino
The Cardinals' first-round selection in the 2006 draft continues to solidify himself as one of the top pitching prospects in the system. Ottavino finished first on the staff in wins with 12, which ranked second in the final Florida State League standings, first on the staff in ERA with a mark of 3.08 – ranking third in the FSL, second in innings pitched with 143 - ranking third in the league, and second on the team in strikeouts with 128 - ranking third in the league.
Ottavino was twice selected as the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week and was named a Mid-Season All-Star.
Tyler Norrick deserves mention as he made a strong case for the honor as well. An often overlooked prospect in the Cardinals system, Norrick finished second on the team in wins with 11 – that ranked him third in the FSL, second in ERA - ranking tenth in the FSL, first in innings with 165 which was tops in the league, and first on the team in strikeouts with 134 which ranked second in the FSL.
Norrick was selected as a Mid-Season All-Star.
Relief Pitcher of the Year - Luke Gregerson
stood out head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the
Gregerson was selected as a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star.
Jon Mikrut established himself as a reliever to watch. In 68 innings over 53 games, Mikrut posted a 2.91 ERA.
Position Player of the Year - Allen Craig
made this selection a no-brainer as he led the way in the team's Triple Crown
Craig was recognized for his efforts with a Florida State League Player of the Week honor, a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star choice and selection as the FSL All-Star Game Top Star.
Mark Hamilton was putting together a strong case for this honor before being promoted
Dan Nelson deserves mentioning for the year he had getting on base. The 23-year-old led the team in on base percentage with a mark of .378. He finished second in the FSL in walks with 80 and sixth in the league with 76 runs scored.
|Scout.com||Position Player||Starting Pitcher||Relief Pitcher|
|of the Year|
|Springfield (AA)||Colby Rasmus||Mitchell Boggs||Jason Motte|
|Palm Beach (A+)||Allen Craig||Adam Ottavino||Luke Gregerson|
|Quad Cities (A)||Jared Schweitzer||Brandon Dickson||Kenny Maiques|
|Batavia (SS)||Steven Hill||Jess Todd||Josh Dew|
|Johnson City (SS)||Beau Riportella||Brian Broderick||Eduardo Sanchez|
|Gulf Coast (SS)||D'Marcus Ingram||Carlos Gonzalez||Reynier Gonzalez|
|Domincan (SS)||Juan Mosquera||Arquimedes Nieto||Angel Tapia|
|Venezuelan (SS)||Ismael Cardona||Richard Castillo||Carlos Oraa|
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