Cards Minors Players of the Year
Our 2007 Player of the Year: Colby Rasmus
Our 2007 Player of the Year: Colby Rasmus
Managing Editor
Posted Nov 6, 2008

During the entire month of October, we’ll again be rolling out our choices as the top players in the St. Louis Cardinals minor leagues from the summer of 2008. Who will take Colby Rasmus’ crown as the Player of the Year?

Once again here in 2008, the staff of The Birdhouse,, will crown three award winners from each level of the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league system, our Minor League Starters, Relievers and Players of the Year.


We will be unveiling our selections, one award per day, throughout the entire month of October, starting with the Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) Reliever of the Year all the way through the Memphis Redbirds Player of the Year and finally, the three selections for the entire Cardinals System for 2008.


With winning clubs at the top six levels of the system, coupled with a strong draft and aggressive in-season promotions, our team of writers have their work cut out for them. Yet, this most knowledgeable group is again ready to accept the challenge. Players are eligible at the level at which they had the most at-bats or innings pitched.


While the winning names will be made available daily in this article to all, the detailed commentary will be available to subscribers only. This includes analysis from our local writers in affiliate cities as well as Cardinals executives such as Jeff Luhnow.


We explain what tradeoffs were made and what we saw in the best players to take the field at each level of the Cardinals minor league system during the 2008 season.


2008 Cardinals Minor League Award Winners



Relief Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

Position Player

Venezuelan Summer League

David Brito

Geney Rios

Gerardo Mannbel / Alberto Rivero

Dominican Summer League

Eduard Estalis

Angel Cruz

Audris Perez

Gulf Coast League

David Carpenter

Chris Notti

Ryde Rodriguez

Johnson City (SS)

Samuel Freeman

Deryk Hooker / Scott McGregor

Curt Smith

Batavia (SS)

Adam Reifer

Thomas Eager

Colt Sedbrook

Quad Cities (A)

Pete Parise

Nick Additon

Pete Kozma

Palm Beach (A+)

Francisco Samuel

Shaun Garceau

Daryl Jones

Springfield (AA)

Fernando Salas

Jess Todd

Allen Craig

Memphis (AAA)

Jason Motte

Mitchell Boggs

David Freese

System Players of the Year (free!)

Jason Motte

Jess Todd

David Freese

New: System Rookies of the Year (free!)

Adam Reifer

Scott Gorgen

Brett Wallace

Manager of the Year (free!)

Mark DeJohn (Batavia)


(Premium Article Subscribers: Click on the player name highlighted in the table above to be taken to that detailed article.)


If you ever forget the location of this article, remember to use the permanent link on the lower left of The Birdhouse homepage. You can also access our 2007 Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year from there, too, as well as our Top Prospect lists from each of the last three winters.



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Brian Walton can be reached via email at

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