The month of June featured a couple of prospects who got on a roll and stayed hot for the entire month. June also featured a prospect who had a 0.45 ERA and that was actually worse than his May ERA of 0.00.
Let’s take a look at CardinalsFarm’s Players of the Month. These are not necessarily the players the Cardinals organization will select, just the ones that we picked.
Offensive Player of the Month: Anthony Garcia: .385, 7 HR, 14 RBI, 14 R, 8 2B, 1.298 OPS, 17 games
This was a very difficult decision for me. As hot as Garcia was, he missed a couple of weeks due to an injury. My question on Twitter was, do you punish a guy who missed a couple of weeks, but what hotter when he was in action? Do you give it to the guy who was consistent for the entire month? I decided to give it to Garcia even though he only played in 17 games. I believe this will make some people uneasy, but I have my reasons. Here are the statistical breakdowns of Garcia and the other candidate, Brock Peterson:
Garcia in 17 games: .385 AVG, 7 HR, 14 RBI, 14 R, 8 2B, 1.298 OPS
Peterson in 30 games: .321 AVG, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 21 R, 8 2B, 1.047 OPS
If you give Garcia 13 more games, his batting average and OPS will probably come down to Peterson’s levels or below, but he will only add HR’s, RBI’s, etc. Another reason I chose Garcia is because he continued his hot hitting after his return from the disabled list. It has to be really tough for a player to pick up right where they left off after missing a couple of weeks. I get both arguments, I just felt that if Garcia played 30 games, his numbers still would have been better. I do not want to take anything away from Brock Peterson’s month. He has gotten a lot of buzz lately for a major league call up.
Here are other Baby Birds who had strong offensive months
Cody Stanley .356, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R
Ruben Gotay .316, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 13 R, 5 2B
David Popkins .398, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 16 R, 6 2B
Colin Walsh .320, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 24 R, 12 RBI, .435 OBP
Pitcher of the Month: Zach Petrick: 1-0, 0.45 ERA, 18 K, 20 IP, .197 OPP/AVG
Petrick (pictured) was our choice for Pitcher of the Month in May as well. In May, Petrick has a 0.00 ERA in 15 innings and struck out 21 batters. Petrick lost out on the official Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month to Kevin Siegrist who also had a perfect ERA. Siegrist is in the big leagues and there really wasn’t much competition for Petrick in June, we will get to the other strong performers in a minute. Petrick was promoted to High-A Palm Beach at the beginning of June and did not miss a beat. I would not be surprised to see him get a promotion to Double-A Springfield very soon. In fact, he was one of my 5 prospects ready for a promotion in this article. Petrick also has to be the front-runner for the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year with his season ERA of 0.68.
Zach Petrick has been moved to the starting rotation for Palm Beach and I think this is a great move. He has been stretched out to 3 plus innings out of the bullpen so the move makes sense. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his ERA rise a little due to the fact of the move to the rotation, but the undrafted Petrick has had a season he will never forget.
Here are the other Baby Birds in contention for Pitcher of the Month
Cory Jones 2-1, 1.38 ERA, 11 K, 26 IP
Jorge Rondon 1-0, 1.35 ERA, 5 K, 13 IP