Springfield Cards Starter of the Year: 2008

Posted Oct 23, 2008

Our Scout.com Springfield Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year for 2008 is right-hander Jess Todd, who posted a 2.88 ERA across three levels.

Choosing a season-best starting pitcher for the Springfield Cardinals this year was almost a no-brainer. Jess Todd could have taken the prize home with only one of the many accomplishments he made in 2008.


Todd started the year in Palm Beach, but spent the majority of his pitching duties in Springfield. He combined to go 8-6 across three different levels and finished the season with an ERA of 2.88, including a 2.97 ERA in 17 Double-A games.


He also was named both a Texas League and Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star as well as being named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team. Todd also played in the 2008 Futures Game at Yankee Stadium on July 13 of this season.


Throwing in the mid-90s, the right-hander was ranked the #18 prospect in the Cardinals organization prior to the season by our team here at Scout.com and #9 by minorleaguebaseball.com. This season, he ranked number seven in Baseball America's Texas League Top 20 this year, the highest of any Springfield Cardinal.


Todd was named Texas League Pitcher of the Week on June 7, selected to represent the North Division in the Texas League All-Star Game on June 25, where he pitched two innings, struck out five batters and got a hit. He was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for a second time on June 30.


On August 10, Todd was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He was named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team on August 25, and was tabbed the St. Louis Cardinals organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year on September 27.


No wonder it was easy picking a top pitcher--there were no honors left for any of the other pitchers. Todd claimed the lion's-share of them for himself. I am exhausted just from listing all of his accomplishments--and I have only touched the tip of the iceberg.


Last season, with the Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn, short-season A), he got the win in his first professional game on June 20 (4.0, 0 runs, 5 strikeouts), was named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 23-29 (2-0, 1.13 ERA, 8.0 ip, 6 h, 1 r, 2 bb, 15 k) was named to the New York-Penn League's midseason All-Star Game for the National League-affiliated team on August 9, was the Minors Player of the Week three times, ranked #13 on Baseball America's New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects List on September 26, went 0-1 with a 0.90 ERA, one earned run, one hit, zero walks and 15 strikeouts in 10.0 innings for the Cardinals instructional league, was named in the Best Fastball and Best Secondary Pitch sections in Baseball America's 2007 St. Louis Cardinals Draft Report Card, and was named the Starting Pitcher of the Year for Batavia here at Scout.com.

As a collegian, the 22-year-old Todd pitched for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks where he claimed 128 strikeouts, and only 26 walks. He set a school record with 17 strikeouts in a complete game win versus South Carolina in the Southeast Conference (SEC) tournament.


Todd uses four pitches--a fastball, a sinker, a slider and a change-up. He was selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2007 draft and groomed to be a relief pitcher but took on the duties of starter early in his professional career.


Height: 5'11"

Weight: 210

Throws: Right

Bats: Right

Born: April 20, 1986

Birthplace: Kilgore, Texas


His statistics are a clear sign of Todd's abilities and future hopes with the parent club.


Year Club Level W-L ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO
2007 Batavia A- 4-1 2.78 16 58.1 48 23 18 2 14 69
2008 Palm Beach A+ 3-0 1.65 7 27.1 18 7 5 0 7 35
Springfield AA 4-5 2.97 17 103 79 37 34 12 24 81
Memphis AAA 1-1 3.97 4 22.2 19 10 10 4 11 20


Springfield/Memphis 2008 Game Log (last ten games)  


Date Lvl Opponent IP R ER H 2B HR SO BB
August 30 AAA vs Oklahoma 4 5 5 7 2 1 4 4
August 24 AAA @ Omaha 6 2 2 2 1 1 4 5
August 19 AAA @ Albuquerque 6 2 2 2 1 1 6 1
August 13 AAA vs Round Rock 6.2 1 1 4 1 1 6 1
August 8 AA @ San Antonio 7 0 0 1 1 0 3 2
August 2 AA vs Tulsa 6.2 3 3 5 0 3 8 1
July 28 AA @ NW Arkansas 5 8 8 8 1 3 6 3
July 23 AA vs Arkansas 4.1 4 4 8 2 1 6 1
July 18 AA vs NW Arkansas 6 0 0 6 1 0 1 0
July 10 AA vs NW Arkansas 4.2 6 6 6 3 0 5 4


Congratulations to our Springfield Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year, Jess Todd!



Master article with all 2008 Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year and the schedule for daily announcements: link. (This link is also permanently located at the lower left of The Birdhouse home page.)



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