"Many of our players had strong performances in 2008," said Cardinals' Vice President of Scouting & Player Development Jeff Luhnow. "Daryl and Jess distinguished themselves at multiple levels to earn this honor. These two young men reflect the quality of our system and organization both on and off the field."
Jones, 21, combined to bat .316 with 13 home runs, 24 stolen bases and a .407 on-base pct. between Palm Beach (A) and Springfield (AA). He hit .326 with 18 steals in 87 games for Palm Beach, earning Florida State League All-Star selection. In 36 games at Springfield, he batted .290 with six homers, and was named the Texas League's Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 24. His strong finish also earned Jones recognition as the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for August.
The left-handed hitting Jones was drafted by the Cardinals in the 3rd round (110th player overall) of the June, 2005, draft out of Spring (TX) High School.
Todd, 22, climbed three levels in his second professional season, going a combined 8-6 with a 2.88 ERA and .213 opp. BA in 28 games between Palm Beach (A), Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA).
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound right-hander earned Texas League All-Star recognition in 2008 and was selected to Major League Baseball's Futures Game roster. He was 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in seven games for Palm Beach, fanning 35 batters in 27.1 innings pitched, leading to his selection as the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April.
A 2nd round selection (82nd player overall) in 2007 out of the University of Arkansas, Todd went 4-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 17 games for Springfield and finished the year by going 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Memphis.
Past organizational award winners
|Players of the Year|
|1995||Mike Gulan, 3B||Louisville/Arkansas|
|1996||Dmitri Young, INF|
|1997||Brent Butler, INF|
|1998||Pablo Ozuna, INF|
|1999||Adam Kennedy, INF||Memphis|
|2000||Albert Pujols, 3B||Peoria/Potomac|
|2001||Covelli Crisp, OF|
|2002||John Gall, 1B|
|2003||John Gall, 1B||Tennessee/Memphis|
|2004||Reid Gorecki, OF||Palm Beach/Tenn.|
|2005||Travis Hanson, 3B|
|2006||Colby Rasmus, OF||Quad Cities/P. Beach|
|2007||Colby Rasmus, OF|
|2008||Daryl Jones, OF||P.Beach/Springfield|
|Pitchers of the Year|
|1995||Mike Busby, RHP||Louisville/Arkansas|
|1996||Britt Reames, RHP|
|1997||Cliff Politte, RHP||Prince Wm./Arkansas|
|1998||Rick Ankiel, LHP||Peoria/Prince Wm.|
|1999||Rick Ankiel, LHP||Arkansas/Memphis|
|2000||Bud Smith, LHP||Arkansas/Memphis|
|2001||Jimmy Journell, RHP||Potomac/New Haven|
|2002||Tyler Johnson, LHP|
|2003||Dan Haren, RHP||Tennessee/Memphis|
|2004||Anthony Reyes, RHP||Palm Beach/Tenn.|
|2005||Mark Worrell, RHP|
|2006||Blake Hawksworth, RHP||P.Beach/Springfield|
|2007||P.J. Walters, RHP||QC/Palm Beach/Spfd.|
|2008||Jess Todd, RHP||PB/Spfd./Memphis|
Special Birdhouse Editor's note: As we do every fall, the local writers of stlcardinals.scout.com will be unveiling their picks for three awards at each level of the Cardinals system – Starting Pitcher of the Year, Reliever of the Year and Player of the Year.
The process culminates with our choice for the three Players of the Year for the Cardinals system. This daily series will begin on October 1 and carry through the entire month.
In addition, check out the third year of our community prospect rankings. Anyone can vote on their view of the top players in the Cardinals minor league system. More details here.
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