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St. Louis Cardinals: A look at minor league stat leaders

The 2017 Minor League Baseball season is about two months old and the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates have had an up and down start to the season. Several top prospects have lived up to expectations, while there have also been sleeper prospects who will be well-known by season’s end. I wanted to take a quick look at stat leaders through the system in both some traditional and sabermetric stat categories.

Home Runs

Paul DeJong – 11
Luke Voit – 10
Andy Young – 10
Patrick Wisdom – 10
Harrison Bader – 9

Batting Average

Shane Billings – .329
Oscar Mercado – .323
Luke Voit – .318
Carson Kelly – .301
Andy Young – .296

OPS (on base plus slugging)

Luke Voit – .957
Andy Young – .919
Carson Kelly – .891
Oscar Mercado – .874
Paul DeJong – .873

K% rate

Breyvic Valera – 8.7%
Andrew Knizner – 11.5%
Shane Billings – 11.9%
Tommy Edman – 13.3%
Carson Kelly – 14.0%

Runs Batted In

Luke Voit – 40
Randy Arozarena – 35
Andy Young – 34
Patrick Wisdom – 34
Anthony Garcia – 32

Wins

Jack Flaherty – 7
Jordan Hicks – 7
Zac Gallen – 6
Matt Pearce – 5
Ryan Helsley – 5

ERA

Jack Flaherty – 1.43
Zac Gallen – 1.75
Matt Pearce – 2.48
Jake Woodford – 3.06
Dakota Hudson – 3.12

Strikeouts

Jack Flaherty – 75
Zac Gallen – 64
Mike Mayers – 55
Ian Oxnevad – 55
Ryan Helsley – 53

BAA (Batting Average Against)

Jack Flaherty – .196
Matt Pearce – .213
Zac Gallen – .213
Derian Gonzalez – .248
Junior Fernandez – .256

As you can see, there are several repeating names on these lists. This should give you a pretty good idea of the players that have had the best starts in the minor league system. Carson Kelly and Jack Flaherty will be making an impact at the major league level very soon, likely this season.

Luke Voit has been one of the most underrated players in the minor league system for a few years. He is finally getting some recognition and I would not be surprised to see him with a late season call up to the major leagues.

Zac Gallen is also showing strong numbers, even with his recent promotion to Double-A Springfield, which should be a tougher test than High-A Palm Beach.

 

 

John

Father, husband, teacher who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Grew up in St. Louis and has been a huge Cards fan as long as I can remember.

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