Cardinals Add More All-Star Recognition

Ryan Copeland: Appy League Pitcher of the Year

Eight members of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system have been named All-Stars, three from Double-A and five from rookie-level.

With the announcements of the rookie level Appalachian League All-Stars and the post-season Texas League All-Stars, the St. Louis Cardinals organization has eight more individuals recognized.

 

Texas League

 

Three members of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals have been named as Texas League post-season All-Stars, reports the Springfield News-Leader. They are right-handed pitcher David Kopp, third baseman Matt Carpenter and catcher Steven Hill. All three were earlier selected as mid-season All-Stars as well, but Kopp had been promoted to Memphis and did not compete in the game, held on June 30.

 

While the Springfield club had over twice as many mid-season All-Stars, eight, plus several injury replacements, it is important to note the difference. The mid-season teams are chosen by divisions and two full game rosters are named. On the other hand, in past years, the post-season team has consisted of just 20 players from across the league, making this a more elite group.

 

Carpenter, 24, is in his first full-season of professional ball and is leading the league in batting, is second in on-base percentage, fourth in slugging and second in OPS.

 

Hill, 25, made his MLB introduction with St. Louis earlier this month and hit a home run in his first and only game. Though he is now in Triple-A with Memphis, in the Texas League, Hill is fourth in home runs and third in RBI despite having left the level almost three weeks ago. He is second in slugging and sixth in OPS.

 

Other than about three weeks spent with Memphis, Kopp, 24, has been a headliner in the Springfield rotation all season. The right-hander is second in the league with 12 wins and is sixth in ERA.

 

Appalachian League

 

In the Appalachian League, the playoff-bound Johnson City Cardinals had two special recognitions from among their group. Ryan Copeland was named the Pitcher of the Year in the league while his skipper, Mike Shildt, won the Manager of the Year vote.

 

Other 2010 all-stars include catcher Cody Stanley, outfielder Oscar Taveras and reliever Hector Corpas. Copeland was also voted the left-handed all-star pitcher.

 

In fact, Johnson City led the league in All-Star selections by winning the vote for six of the seventeen positions (full roster shown below).  Catcher Stanley's closest competition, Chris Wallace of the Greeneville Astros, is designated hitter.  Taveras is one of the top three outfielders in the circuit.  Copeland led the league (both lefties and righties) in ERA and WHIP while Corpas is first in the league in saves. 

 

The five individuals were honored with plaques from the Johnson City Sports Foundation (JCSF) before the game on Saturday, August 28. Photo L to R: Mike Shildt, Ryan Copeland, Hector Corpas, Oscar Taveras, and Cody Stanley.

 

 

Pulaski, the East Division regular season champions, took the second-most All-Star positions with four.  Perhaps emphasizing the strength of the Division, all five teams in the West were represented and 12-of the-17 positions (70 percent) were won by the West.  To further reinforce the strength of the West, they held an 18 game lead over the East as of Sunday morning with just a few regular season games left.  Three teams in the East, the Princeton Rays, the Bluefield Orioles, and the Burlington Royals, were shut out by the voters. 

 

Position  Player  Team 
Catcher  Cody Stanley  Johnson City 
First Baseman  Marcus Nidiffer  Greeneville 
Second Baseman  Drew Lee  Bristol 
Third Baseman  Ramon Morla  Pulaski 
Shortstop  Andrelton Simmons  Danville 
Utility Infielder  Jorge Agudelo  Pulaski 
Outfielder  Oswaldo Arcia  Elizabethton 
Outfielder  Oscar Taveras  Johnson City 
Outfielder  Javier Rodriguez  Kingsport 
Utility Outfielder  Jose Rivero  Pulaski 
Designated Hitter  Chris Wallace  Greeneville 
Right-handed Pitcher Tim Boyce  Pulaski 
Left-handed Pitcher  Ryan Copeland  Johnson City 
Relief Pitcher  Hector Corpas  Johnson City 
Player of the Year  Oswaldo Arcia  Elizabethton 
Pitcher of the Year  Ryan Copeland  Johnson City 
Manager of the Year  Mike Shildt  Johnson City 

 

Unfortunately, injuries derailed the All-Star hopes of two Cardinals.  1B/DH David Medina and 1B/RF Phil Cerreto both dropped below the minimum plate appearances needed to appear among the league leaders.  Both were leading the league in several offensive categories at times during the summer.  A hamstring injury for Medina and a fractured wrist for Cerreto kept them from receiving votes from the media covering many teams. 

 

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