The Cardinal Nation's Top Players of 2013

Oscar Taveras: TCN's Player of the Year for 2012

For the eighth consecutive year, we roll out The Cardinal Nation's choices as the top players at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system from the summer, following season recaps by affiliate. The series runs each day from September 16 through the entire month of October.

As we have done each fall since 2007, the staff of The Cardinal Nation will start this series with recaps of the 2013 season at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system, including the major league club. We will also crown three award winners for each team - our The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Minor League Starters, Relievers and Players of the Year.

2012 Pitcher of the Year Trevor Rosenthal
We will unveil our selections, one team recap or award per day, beginning on Monday, September 16, and continuing throughout the entire month of October. We start with the club recaps, then the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Reliever of the Year all the way through the Memphis Redbirds Player of the Year.

We will add some special awards and of course, name our top selections for the entire Cardinals minor league system for 2013 as well as the best rookies. The minor league section of the series will conclude with our choice as the top manager in the organization before we break down the big-league club's regular season and post-season.

Though they watched these clubs and reported on them all summer long, our team of locally-based writers still have their work cut out for them to select the very best of the best from nearly 300 players. Yet this most knowledgeable group is more than qualified and is again up to the challenge. They include Corey Carmichael (Memphis), Brandon Mahler (Springfield), Juan Dorado (Palm Beach), Alex Ross (Peoria), Robert Davidson (State College), Curtis Carden (Johnson City) and Paul Ivice (Gulf Coast League).

Premium Article While the winning names will be made available to everyone as this master article is updated daily, the detailed commentary behind most awards in this series will be exclusively for The Cardinal Nation subscribers. All major league articles will be free for all.

They include analysis from our local reporters as well as comments by Cardinals players, coaches and executives. We explain what tradeoffs were made and what we saw in the best players to take the field at each level of the Cardinals system during the 2013 season.

Again, we begin the process with a daily series recapping each minor league club's 2013 season in depth, looking at records, injuries, player movement, key stats and much more. Subscribers can click on the highlighted team names below to read those articles if you missed them the first time.

2013 The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Award Winners/Schedule

Premium Article Subscriber articles      
2013 Team Recaps Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Dominican Summer Yeison Medina Ramon Santos Edmundo Sosa
Gulf Coast (Rookie) Kender Villegas Ian McKinney Rafael Medina
Johnson City (SS-R) Fernando Baez Alex Reyes K. Peoples-Walls
State College (SS-A) Mitch Harris Nick Petree Steven Ramos
Peoria (A) Joey Donofrio Cory Jones Jacob Wilson
Palm Beach (A+) Ronnie Shaban Ryan Sherriff J. Rodriguez
Springfield (AA) Lee Stoppelman Tim Cooney Mike O'Neill
Memphis (AAA) Sam Freeman Tyler Lyons Kolten Wong
       
(Premium Article Subscribers: Click on the player name highlighted in the table above to be taken to that detailed article. In addition, select each team name to read the 2013 overall summary for that level.)
     
Free articles Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
Rookies of the Year Zach Loraine Andrew Pierce Edmundo Sosa
Players of the Year Lee Stoppelman Zach Petrick Kolten Wong
       
Manager of the Year Oliver Marmol    
       
St. Louis Top Relief Pitcher Top Starting Pitcher Top Position Player
2013 Team Recaps Edward Mujica Adam Wainwright Yadier Molina
Regular season      
Reg season stats      
Post-season      

If you ever forget the location of this article, you can always use the permanent link on the lower left of The Cardinal Nation homepage. You can access our 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year from there, too, as well as our Top Prospect lists from each of the last eight winters.

Speaking of top prospects, that annual top 40 countdown will begin in late November after this series concludes. Please remember that the two are separate and distinct.

This effort is to recognize the top performances on the field in 2013, whether or not the players are projected to have a major league future down the road. In other words, this is all about current results, not future potential.



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