Over the next couple of weeks, I will be selecting the Cardinals organizational All-Star team. The team will be structured like a 25-man roster. For each position, I will isolate the player who made the most starts for each team at that position and will select the one winner. Fans will get a say as well later in the post.
It looks like the right field position may be the weakest of the three outfield positions. There appears to be just one possible major league player (Piscotty), while a couple of fringe prospects (Martini, Thompson, Castillo, Bautista). With that said, this position performed pretty well in 2014, from the top of the organization to the bottom.
Below is the player who had the most games in right for each team and their slash lines with OPS included at the end. I have also included a sabermetric stat, wRC+, on the stat line. wRC+ has a baseline of 100, thus if a player has a 125 wRC+ it means they produced 25% more runs than a league average hitter. Obviously these are limited stats and you can click on their names for a better stat picture including stolen bases, strike outs, et
Memphis: Stephen Piscotty – 556 plate appearances – .288/.355/.406/.761, 9 HR, 69 RBI, 100 wRC+
Springfield: David Popkins – 316 plate appearances – .243/.322/.348/.669, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 93 wRC+
Palm Beach: Nick Martini – 496 plate appearances – .256/.334/.384/.718, 7 HR, 59 RBI, 107 wRC+
Peoria: Ronald Castillo – 375 plate appearances – .259/.307/.386/.693, 6 HR, 50 RBI, 97 wRC+
State College: Nick Thompson – 270 plate appearances – .282/.396/.410/.806, 5 HR, 42 RBI, 143 wRC+
Johnson City: Devante Lacy – 128 plate appearances – .186/.276/.212/.488, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 52 wRC+
GCL Cards: Ricardo Bautista – 140 plate appearances – .278/.403/.391/.794, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 138 wRC+
DSL Cards: Jonathan Rivera – 269 plate appearances – .271/.290/.411/.701, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 99 wRC+
When looking at the numbers, the first thing that strikes me is how “average” Piscotty’s season truly was. His 100 wRC+ is exactly average, which shows he performed on average. That said, he is not supposed to be an “average” player. This is why many people, including myself, believe he i snot quite ready for the major leagues. He needs to raise that SLG. I also was unaware at how good of a season Martini had. The 24-year old Kansas State product should see time in Double-A Springfield in 2015.
That leaves us with two possibilities for the starting spot on the All-Org Team, Nick Thompson and Ricardo Bautista. Both players happen to represent two of my most anticipated prospects in the system. If you follow me you know I write frequently about both and believe they could each become big time prospects. Thompson has strong tools all around to go along with his size and Bautista has one of the sweetest swings I have seen in a while. For 2015, I am hoping Thompson catches on with the Peoria Chiefs while Bautista plays with either State College or Johnson City.
Nick Thompson earns a spot on our 2014 All-Organization Team with a strong performance for the State College Spikes. The Cardinals’ 8th round selection in 2014 out of William and Mary struggled over his first 13 games, hitting just .157 while striking out 15 times. After that, he went on to slash .318/.437/.455/.891 while striking out just 21 times over 52 games. As I mentioned above, I really want to see the 22-year old Thompson starting in the Peoria Chiefs outfield in 2015.
Our Starting 8
With the completion of the outfield, we have our starting 8:
Catcher – Ed Easley
1st Base – Xavier Scruggs
2nd Base – Casey Turgeon
Shortstop – Edmundo Sosa
3rd Base – Danny Diekroeger
LeftField – Randal Grichuk
CenterField – Magneuris Sierra
RightField – Nick Thompson
That makes three 2014 draftees to make the starting 8 and two international players playing in the US fir the first time.
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