The 22-year-old began the season in A-Advanced Palm Beach after bypassing Quad Cities of the Midwest League. He spent the majority of his season with Double-A Springfield before finishing with Triple-A Memphis. Across the three levels, the right-hander posted an 8-6 record with a .213 opposing batting average and finished with an ERA of 2.88.
More importantly, in my time covering the Cardinals, I do not recall any player having a more decorated season from start to finish than Todd enjoyed in 2008.
In April, Todd got out of the blocks quickly, earning the Organization's Pitcher of the Month. He went 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in six Florida State League appearances, including three tandem starts. In 24 1/3 innings, Todd struck out 31 batters while only walking five. Opponents hit .174 against him, and he yielded only three extra-base hits, including no home runs.
days later, he was promoted to
May 27, Todd took a perfect game into the seventh inning for
With June came more awards, as Todd was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending June 1. Later that week, he was named to his second All-Star Team of the season and third in two years.
During the Texas League All-Star Game on June 25, he pitched two innings, struck out five batters and got a hit on top of it. Todd topped off the month when he again was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week on June 30.
July, the accolades continued as Todd traveled to
August 10, Todd was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, finishing
his short Double-A
stint with a 4-5 record and a 2.97 ERA in 17 games with
In a measure of the impression that remained after Todd moved on, for the second time this past season, Todd was named to an all-star team after having left the appropriate league. He was selected as a Texas League Post-Season All-Star on August 25.
Cardinals' second-round selection (82nd
player overall) in 2007 from the
To close out the season, the 5-foot-11, 210-pounder was tabbed the St. Louis Cardinals organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year on September 27 and a resulting invitation to the Cards major league spring training camp in 2009.
Oh yes, the 22-year-old was previously named our Springfield Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year, as well.
As a reminder, following is the full list of our 2008 Starting Pitchers of the Year at the various levels of the Cardinals system. (insider logo) Scout.com subscribers can click on the players' names to read the detailed articles on each, recapping their 2008 accomplishments, quotes and much more:
Quad Cities: Nick Additon
Dominican Summer League: Angel Cruz
Venezuelan Summer League: Geney Rios
By the numbers
As with all system-wide awards, there was significant competition. Our own Leonda Markee assembled 2008 system-wide stats, both traditional and sabermetric, for Cardinals minor league starting pitchers.
Minimum qualifications: For tandem starters, 1/2 IP for every game played; all others 1 IP for every game played.
|Earned Run Average|
|DIPS Earned Run Average|
|The Control Artists|
|Batting Average Against|
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