The choice was not an easy one. Late-round selection Curt Smith made it interesting by being named the Appalachian League Player of the Year after posting some gaudy numbers at Johnson City. But in the end, Wallace got the nod for his production at higher levels in the system at around the same age as Smith.
Not only did Wallace finish second among rookies in average but also he led them in on-base percentage, OPS, and tied for first in home runs. The Arizona State product was second among rookies in runs created, isolated power, and third in slugging. He finished the season helping Springfield in their quest for a playoff berth.
Wallace's time in the Texas League was highlighted by a two home runs, including a walk off blast that put the team in a first-place tie with Northwest Arkansas. He continues play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the Future Stars Showcase game.
The Cardinals' 39th round selection this June, first baseman Smith led the qualifiers in this category in batting average, slugging percentage, runs created, RBIs with 59, twenty more than Wallace. Smith also tied Wallace for the home run lead with eight long balls.
Tenth-rounder Alex Castellanos was credited with the top isolated power number and he stole the most bases, 20. The Belmont-Abbey second base product was second in slugging, third in OPS and home runs while finishing fourth in RBIs and fifth in average.
A catalyst for the Batavia Muckdogs, Colt Sedbrook finished third among rookies in on base percentage, runs created, and stolen bases. The former Arizona Wildcats shortstop finished fourth in average.
Outfielder Shane Peterson was one of the offensive keys for the league champion Batavia team. The former Dirtbag finished second in on base percentage and RBIs. The left-handed swinger put up the fourth-best OPS.
Third-round pick, shortstop Niko Vasquez logged the fifth-best on-base percentage and slugging percentage, which also translated to the fifth-highest OPS.
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 rookie minor league position players.
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